Big scores to start season
ROCKHAMPTON'S softball season began on Saturday with some big-scoring matches, but for Frenchville Easy Riders player Michelle Baxter it was not a day she will remember fondly.
Suiting up for the Easy Riders, a Masters team, in the A- Reserve division, Baxter was playing her first competitive match since high school.
In another unfortunate first she took her turn at bat, facing the Screamers pitcher.
It turned out to be her only turn at bat because the ball struck her, breaking her arm, putting her out of the game for at least six weeks.
Experienced Easy Riders player Selina Lennon said her team performed well despite it being the opening round of competition.
"Easy Riders played at their best, considering it is the start of the season," she said.
"We are all Masters and we play to keep our bodies used to playing softball.
"It is all about being able to participate."
The Easy Riders did pretty well against a younger bunch of players, winning the match 5-2.
"They will improve as the season goes on," Lennon said.
She said Magpies Screamers had just been downgraded from A-grade to A-Reserve and therefore it was a good result for Easy Riders.
Lennon picked out Kylie Crouch as having a good game for the Easy Riders, especially when pitching.
"She has a change-up pitch which comes out of the hand really slow," Lennon said.
None of the batters picked it, swinging too early to connect.
The Easy Riders also welcomed American Missy Petterson into their line-up for the season.
Lennon said the American had last played softball at college and did well in her first game in Australia.
The match produced some moments of magic, with Magpies' Karen Dwyer causing some amusement when she took a big swing, which resulted in her releasing her bat.
Lennon said the bat cleared the short stop position.
In the other A-Reserve fixture it was a battle between two teams from the powerful Frenchville club, with Green downing White 13-6.
In B Ladies Frenchville Red had a good win, beating Outlaws 14-4, while in the other game in that division Diamonds spoiled a big 26-5 win over Frenchville Red by having a non-cleared player in their team, which caused a forfeit.
In the A-Ladies game Hotshots got off to a winning start, beating Allstars 14-6.