Magpies' Jessica Wordley swings into action against Outlaws.
Magpies' Jessica Wordley swings into action against Outlaws. Tamara MacKenzie ROK120817tksoft

Magpies, Outlaws to battle for softball supremacy

SOFTBALL: Magpies Maniacs prevailed in an enthralling, high-scoring showdown against Outlaws Blue in the open women's semi-final.

Those two teams will meet again in the grand final on Saturday and Magpies' coach Lyn Waters is expecting an equally entertaining contest.

"I think it will be a really tough game and it could go either way,” she said.

"Things went our way in the semi but during the year the results between the two teams have see-sawed.

"We played some tough games against Outlaws and you could never tell which way it was going to go.

"I don't think this weekend will be any different so I'm looking forward to it.”

The Magpies have put a lot of emphasis on their batting this season and it has reaped rewards.

Waters knows another strong performance in that area on Saturday will go a long way towards victory.

"If we play to the plan and if everybody does their job we should be fine,” she said. Disciplined batting and solid fielding, that's all we need.

"There are no guarantees in a final but I know the girls will give it everything they've got.”

Waters' granddaughter Tia Waters, who has recently returned from representing Australia at the junior world championships, will play with Magpies and is expected to have a big influence on the game.

FINALS ACTION

Rockhampton Softball grand finals on Saturday at Kele Park

3.30pm: Open women, Magpies Maniacs v Outlaws Blue

6pm: Open men, Bluebirds Blockheads v Frenchville Bushrangers