North Rocks softballer has a need for speed

NORTH Rocks Softball Club player Emily Read may be stuck on 99 but it's certainly not a case of the nervous 90s.

The 15-year-old has been selected in the NSW under-17s softball side for the second consecutive year.

She will compete with her teammates at the national tournament in Blacktown in January next year.

With only six years of experience in the game, the teenager has already pitched balls at speeds of up to 99km/h.

And she hopes to reach triple figures soon.

"I haven't hit 100km/h yet but I hope at the nationals I get there," she said.

Read said she can control her speed most of the time but the occasional pitch does go astray.

"I don't hit the batters much but if I do I always run over and say sorry," she said.

As a pitcher, Read is used to pressure situations.

And the expectations to continue NSW's win streak has played on her mind.

"NSW has won the nationals the last 11 years so I am pretty nervous," she said.

"There's lots of pressure on me."

Despite the expectations, she was confident she could perform her role for the team.

"You're in charge of the game [playing pitcher] and people rely on you," she said. "It gets very loud, especially with the girls cheering.

"You have to block everything out and pretend it's just you and the catcher."

There is as much pressure on the teenager off the field as there is on it.

Juggling softball commitments, school work and a social life is not easy but the teenager said it would be worth it if she reached her ultimate goal.

"I would love to play for Australia one day," she said.

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