Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rollercoaster Week Leaves Josh on Outer

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rollercoaster Week Leaves Josh on Outer

Article excerpt

SOFTBALL: Rising Ipswich talent Josh Harding was understandably disappointed when told he'd missed selection in the Australian Steelers under 19 team.

After making the 30-player squad trimmed to 17 this week, he was clearly hurting.

"I'm not going to lie. I was a bit shocked,'' the former St Edmund's College student after playing a pivotal role in Queensland's recent back- to-back title success at the Australian championships.

"I got cut from the final squad. I'm just a reserve.

"But I'm confident that if any pitchers pull out, I will probably be the first one to go.''

The Deebing Heights teenager was hoping to secure a spot in the final team for the Under 19 World Series in Canada from July 7-15.

After a powerhouse performance at the nationals in NSW, he was optimistic of being included in the pitching staff.

Harding, who turns 19 in April, pitched in three consecutive Queensland wins on the second last day -- including the semi-final -- before backing up in his state team's thrilling 6-5 grand final win. …

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