by Sue Mikkelsen
THE new season of Noosa softball is in full swing with boys and girls from 4-17 years playing friendly competition on Saturday at the Noosa District Softball Grounds in Tewantin.
Two weeks of round-robin matches were played before the school holidays, and the full competitive season will now be played every Saturday morning until March, with a break over the Christmas holidays
Boys and girls play the non-contact sport in Little League, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 divisions, with three clubs, Dodgers, Slammers and Redsox fielding teams in all divisions.
About 30 young boys and girls are enjoying Little League where they learn the basics of softball with fun skills and drills before playing a mini-game and getting parents involved.
U15s started the morning's competitive matches this week, with Dodgers 1 defeating Slammers 10-7.
Will sent two batters back to the dug-out with great fly-ball catches.
In U13s, Slammers defeated Redsox 10-3.
The friendly rivalry of the U17s kept spectators entertained.
Great pitching, especially from Dylan and Ethan, made the batters' job tough, and quality fielding by both teams didn't make things any easier for the batters.
The U17s competition includes state representative players Shinai Gibbins (Queensland U19s) and Dylan Todd (Queensland U17s).
Other Noosa-based players who were chosen in the Queensland U17 Boys' team are Riley Murrihy and Charles Scheffe - congratulations to all players.
Beginners and experienced players of all ages are still welcome to join teams for Saturday games, which are played at the Noosa District Softball Grounds in Tewantin at the same time every week - Little League from 8.30-9.30am, U13s from 10.15-11.30am, U15s from 8.30-9.45am, and U17s from 10.15-11.45am.
Seniors and Masters play in the afternoon.
Club shirts are provided to players, and equipment including bats, gloves and helmets are available if needed.
Training is held at the grounds after school from Monday to Thursday.
If you are interested in playing, please send an email to noosasoftball @gmail.com.