Rocky softballer joins Qld team mates at Pacific Games
THE Queensland 12 years boys softball team will play off for the gold medal against New South Wales today at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide.
And an integral part of the Queensland side is Rocky's Nicholas Crouch.
If Queensland win today, they will share the gold medal as it will be one win apiece against arch rivals NSW across the nine-day tournament.
If NSW win, Queensland will have to settle for the silver medal.
But that won't bother young Nicholas one bit. The Year 6 RGS student is only in his first season of softball and he is just delighted to have made the state team and competed at a higher level in Adelaide.
"It has been a great experience," Nicholas said.
"I have got to play against very fast pitchers."
Nicholas plays centre field and said his state team has been improving every game. That has been borne out by the fact Queensland have only lost one game, their second match against NSW, 11-1.
"We are building as team," Nicholas said.
"We have improved every game so hopefully we get the win against NSW. But it will still be great to win the silver medal."
The loss to NSW has been their only defeat. In reaching the final, the Queenslanders won all of their other six matches, dispatching the ACT, Victoria and South Australia twice each. And they have hit some big scores in doing so.
In the thick of the action has been Nicholas.
In their 14-2 win over South Australia, Nicholas hit himself and two teammates home, smashing a home run high over centre field with two runners on bases.