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 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.
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.
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.
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.