GAME ON: Hervey Bay's Savannah Ritter pitches during the Hervey Bay Softball women's A-grade match between Hervey Bay Terrors and Bargara Bullets.
GAME ON: Hervey Bay's Savannah Ritter pitches during the Hervey Bay Softball women's A-grade match between Hervey Bay Terrors and Bargara Bullets. Matthew McInerney

Bright start for the new softball era

HERVEY Bay Softball's new four-club competition is off to its best-possible start.

The Terrors hosted Bargara for the first time, which resulted in a series of tightly-contested matches across all six grades.

 

Hervey Bay president Donna Jenkins said an "amazing, wonderful atmosphere" greeted players.

 

Bargara's Amanda Elder in the Hervey Bay Softball A-grade match Hervey Bay Terrors v Bargara at Hervey Bay.
Bargara's Amanda Elder in the Hervey Bay Softball A-grade match Hervey Bay Terrors v Bargara at Hervey Bay. Matthew McInerney

Bargara president Belinda Nicol declared it as was one of the most enjoyable days of softball the club's players had experienced in years.

Nicol said Bargara's players were supportive of the new-look competition.

 

Hervey Bay's Karen Edgerton.
Hervey Bay's Karen Edgerton. Matthew McInerney

Bargara, Waves and Brothers United chose to leave Bundaberg Softball Association and joined Hervey Bay for the 2017-18 summer season.

It gives Hervey Bay its biggest competition in years, and allows local players the chance to test themselves against the rest of Wide Bay.

 

Bargara's Scott Nicol in the Hervey Bay Softball A-grade match Hervey Bay Terrors v Bargara at Hervey Bay.
Bargara's Scott Nicol in the Hervey Bay Softball A-grade match Hervey Bay Terrors v Bargara at Hervey Bay. Matthew McInerney

Nicol said the short drive from Bundaberg was worth the travel in order to expose players to new competition and opposition.

"I can't say enough about Hervey Bay's hospitality," Nicol said.

 

Hervey Bay's Corey McInerney.
Hervey Bay's Corey McInerney. Matthew McInerney

Bargara Bullets, the defending BSA A-grade women's premiers, beat Terrors 8-5 in their season- opening game, while Hervey Bay's men dominated Bargara Bulls 18-7.

Hervey Bay enjoyed wins in under-14s, U17s, and the two B-grade games, while Bargara Bears won the U12s.



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