BATTER UP: Michael Ludkin has been selected for the Queensland's under-23 Men's Softball Squad for 2019.
BATTER UP: Michael Ludkin has been selected for the Queensland's under-23 Men's Softball Squad for 2019. Mike Richards GLA011118SOFT

Softballer scores rep honours

SOFTBALL: Pitching to another level of success, Michael Ludkin has been selected for the Queensland's under-23 Men's Softball Squad.

Ludkin recently played for Rockhampton in the State Open's Championship but lost to Redlands in the final.

But he was selected for the Queensland squad after a stand-out performance.

Despite Ludkin's success in other levels of softball, he was no guarantee for state honours.

"It wasn't a walk-up start to get this selection and it took a lot of hard work and training to get it," Ludkin said.

The Queensland under-23 Men's team won the 2017 national tournament taking home the Laing Harrow Shield.

Many players have been reselected this year.

"It was a good side they had last year and most of those players are still in that grade this year so it's pretty good to be selected in the squad," Ludkin said.

Ludkin's versatility has helped to make him a player of note.

"I prefer pitcher but I also play outfielder and can do safe hits with the occasional home run when batting," he said.

Next on Ludkin's agenda is travel to Brisbane for squad training in 2019.

"Next year my goals are to make the Queensland side and go to the nationals and try to get selection in the Australian team," he said.

Ludkin plays in the Gladstone competition for the Red Sox and wants to keep up the wins over arch rivals Blue Jays.

"We are getting our playing uniforms all sorted out soon and it will be a good local competition of softball," he said.



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