After what he saw on the opening day, North West coach Brad Smith is looking forward to seeing how much by the end of this week's State PSSA Boys Softball Championships they have improved.
The cream of the state's softballing talent has converged on Tamworth for the three day carnival, which got underway at the Carter Street Softball Complex on Tuesday.
North West are one of 13 zone teams from across the state vying to be crowned state champions.
It was a tough start for the home zone, their best result a 10-all with South Coast. Around that they suffered losses to Mackillop, Sydney East, North Coast and Sydney South West but showed plenty of heart.
"They did pretty well," Smith said, adding that the boys are "improving as we go".
He said it is a real learning curve for them.
"A lot of them have never played before and are coming up against guys that have either played baseball or softball all their lives," he said.
"It is tough.
"But they take it in their stride. They are really resilient."
The game against South Coast they blasted their way to an 8-nil lead but the coastal side were able to get a few runs towards the end to deny them their first win.
Their batting was one of the highlights.
"We were actually hitting the ball really well, even against Sydney South West, who are the reigning champions we hit the ball well," Smith said.
"We got four home runs from players. Two to Clay Hoffman, one to Jack Fouracre and one to Darcy Gleeson."
He said there were also a couple of really good plays in the field and they are really starting to get the hang of pitching.