NATIONALS: Morgan Scriven,14, from Maryborough Aztecs softball team, is one of three Fraser Coast players going to Canberra to play for the Qld Storm at the U15 national championships.
NATIONALS: Morgan Scriven,14, from Maryborough Aztecs softball team, is one of three Fraser Coast players going to Canberra to play for the Qld Storm at the U15 national championships. Alistair Brightman

Morgan's got his eye on the best

MARYBOROUGH teenager Morgan Scriven and mum Mel Warren won't forget the day they learned he was selected for Queensland's under-15s softball team.

All team members are notified by email, but on this day it landed in Warren's junk mail folder.

"He was playing rugby league at the time,” she said.

"One of the Hervey Bay boys' mums got the email. She came running over and I thought 'uh oh what have I done' and said he'd made the state team.”

They excitedly found the email, celebrated, then an hour later Morgan took the field for his next game of rugby league. He dislocated his collarbone.

"It's okay now, I can still pitch,” Morgan said.

Morgan plays for Aztecs in the Maryborough Softball Association competition, playing both the U16s and the men's competitions.

He started in the lowest possible grade, T-Ball, but has been an avid softballer for the six years since.

He has developed into a handy pitcher and batter, and has the speed necessary to navigate the diamond and earn valuable runs.

Extra training from the likes of Bev Thatcher and Melissa Tobin has helped his pitching, which has ensured he has kept a place in Wide Bay's regional development team for four years.

He will join Hervey Bay's Jed Bennett and William Thorogood for the Softball Australia U15 Regional Championships in Canberra.

It will be played at the same time as the open men's national titles, allowing the Fraser Coast trio - and their Queensland teammates - a close look at some of Australia's best softballers, as they face the best in their age group.

While he is looking forward to the series, Morgan said he wanted to benefit from skills, tactics and training methods that other state representatives - and coaches - and utilise.

"I want to learn more plays I can use at our home games here, and see how other teams play, how they've been trained,” he said. "It's going to be full-on, there'll be a lot of teams.”

Maryborough Softball's newly-restarted men's competition has allowed young players like Morgan the opportunity to play against higher skilled, and potentially more powerful and aggressive players.

"It's good, "he said. "I get my eye in on fast pitchers. It's helped (playing against them) a lot.”

The national titles run from January 14-20.