Macarthur softballers set to represent Australia

FOCUSED: Macarthur teens Blake Hunter and Jack Davies (inset) have been picked for the Australian under-17s boys softball team. Pictures: Chris Lane and Kelli Davies
FOCUSED: Macarthur teens Blake Hunter and Jack Davies (inset) have been picked for the Australian under-17s boys softball team. Pictures: Chris Lane and Kelli Davies

They are teammates in a Macarthur softball competition and now these two teens will represent Australia together.

Blake Hunter and Jack Davies have been picked in the Australian under-17s softball team to tour New Zealand next week.

The Aussies will depart on Monday for the nine-day trip.

Highlights will competing against some top New Zealand teams in the Auckland Softball Easter Classic Tournament.

Blake and Jack, both 16, are both pitchers for the Knights Softball Club in the Macarthur Softball Association.

The pair has also been part of the South West Sydney Academy of Sport's softball program.

Ambarvale's Blake said he looked forward to touring New Zealand with Jack and his Aussie team mates.

"I am hoping to get a lot of game time and gain some experience," he said.

Blake said he was picked on the back of strong performances in the National Under-17 Boys Softball Championships in January.

"I was noticed by selectors at nationals. I was playing for NSW and we finished runner-up," he said.

Blake, who attends Westfield Sports High School, said he had played softball for seven years.

"I love softball because I get to make a lot of friends, go away on trips and play games," he said.

Jack's mum Kelli Davies said her son was excited to represent Australia.

Davies said Jack, who attends Mount Annan High School, was keen to work with some experienced coaches.

"He looks forward to getting guidance and picking up new skills," the Mount Annan resident said.

"Jack loves the camaraderie of a team and is very determined. He likes to win."