The Marlborough softball season officially got underway on Saturday.
Teams gathered at Lansdowne Park for a series of game to kick-start the 2019-20 season. With the council doing drainage work at the moment near the established softball diamond on the northern side of the stop bank, games will be played until further notice on the fields between the Central Rugby Club and the back of the main western stand.
Marlborough Softball Association chairperson Bruce Walker says the under-7 competition is expected to comprise at least 13 teams, six sides will make up the under-9 grade, four teams will compete in the under-11/13 grade and there is one team confirmed for the under-15 grade at this stage, although they are still finalising the age groups.
“Softball has started in Marlborough with a bright sunny day and plenty of energy and numbers to match,” said Bruce.
“The BBQ was running and everyone had a great start to their weekend. We will not be playing over Labour Weekend but will resume the games on Marlborough Anniversary Weekend.”
The MSA have spent time in the province’s schools, stirring up interest in the game, with a resulting rise in numbers.
“Credit for this must go in some part to Morgan Walker [MSA development office] and Nathan Gill, a long-time Marlborough softball representative.
“Morgan has taken time out of year 13 studies to deliver several drills and games that Nathan has put together to the kids. They responded well to the presentation and have come along to play softball,” Bruce added.