BLETCHINGTON Public School star Eva Reith-Snare is preparing for the School Sport Australia softball national championships, the highest level of softball she’s competed in.
And the talented 12-year-old can’t wait.
“It’s going to be very hard,” the Year 6 student said.
“I’m very excited but nervous at the same time.”
Reith-Snare was the stand-out player for a Western side that surprised many in finishing equal sixth at the NSW Primary School Sports Association girls’ softball championship at Glenmore Park at the end of August.
Not traditionally strong at softball, Western completed an 18-nil win over North Coast, a 23-5 triumph over Polding and an impressive 9-5 victory over eventual champions Sydney South West as Reith-Snare shone to take home the medal for Western region player of the tournament.
She starred with the bat, consistently hitting line drives for her Western side, and was the team’s first string pitcher.
Understandably, Reith-Snare caught the eye of state selectors in the process and will now look to continue that good form with NSW at the national championships over five days beginning tomorrow.
“I wasn’t quite sure,” Reith-Snare said when asked if she thought she’d done enough to earn state selection.
“There were a lot of good softballers there.
“I just love playing with my friends.”
A talented all-round athlete, Reith-Snare has spent the last three days away at a training camp with the NSW side as they prepare to tackle the best young softball talent from around the country.
She’s taken part in training sessions, a meet the coach and manager program and team bonding exercises.
Reith-Snare says she’s excited about the opportunity.
Making the Sydney-based championship a family affair, Eva’s brother Mac Reith-Snare will umpire at the tournament.
Mac is a seasoned softball official, having recently umpired at National All Schools Softball Championship in Perth.