Geraldton’s Jack Etherton and Owen Scatena impressed at the U16s Softball Nationals

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Jack Etherton in full stride as he pitches.
Camera IconJack Etherton in full stride as he pitches. Credit: Supplied

Geraldton softball stars Jack Etherton and Owen Scatena represented the State during the U16s Softball Nationals in Victoria earlier this month.

The West Australian team, led by Etherton at the pitch and Scatena in the field, managed to reach the preliminary final, losing to New South Wales by just one run.

Despite the heartbreaking defeat, the side managed to have stand-out performances, including from 16-year-old Etherton, who delivered an outstanding 50 strikeouts in the five games he pitched.

His performance not only showcased his individual talent but also played a crucial role in propelling the WA team to the brink of victory.

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Both Etherton and Scatena, 15, are key players for the Batavia Blaze in Geraldton, and also contribute their skills to the Perth Softball League as members of the Cockburn Cougars Softball Club.

The pair have dedicated themselves to rigorous training every Sunday since their selection for the nationals, with Etherton saying that he impressed himself against the tough competition.

“The competition was at a high standard, and I exceeded my own expectations,” he said.

“The support from my teammates and the entire WA team was incredible, not just as their pitcher but as a teammate.”

Etherton acknowledged the invaluable contributions of his brother Eli Etherton, who also plays for WA and the Blaze, pitching coach Ashley Walker and elite sport trainer Jacko Whitby, who played pivotal roles in his success.

“I couldn’t have impressed the way I did without their support,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Josh Kennedy Foundation for supporting me and everyone who personally gets behind my dream to play for Australia.”

Both boys had some key moments, with Scatena’s play at right field and batting helping to secure the team’s impressive victory over Victoria towards the end of the competition.

While Etherton’s pitching against South Australia was a key factor in his side’s win, pitching 12 strikeouts in the game and helping the WA team secure an 8-1 victory.

The 16s nationals were held from January 2-7.

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