Kearnes thrilled to make NSW side after narrowly missing out last year

BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: Wagga young gun Layhnee Kearnes, pictrured at Mount Austin High School, has cracked the under 17 NSW softball team. Picture: Les Smith
BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: Wagga young gun Layhnee Kearnes, pictrured at Mount Austin High School, has cracked the under 17 NSW softball team. Picture: Les Smith

Talented Wagga softball prospect Layhnee Kearnes is beside herself with excitement after cracking the NSW under 17 team which will compete at the national championships in January.

Kearnes didn’t fancy her chances of making the side after narrowly missing the final cut last year.

But she competed at this year’s nationals for the ACT instead and came back a better player.

Now she’s ready to take on the country’s best once again, this time in NSW colours.

“I was so shocked to make it,” Kearnes said.

“I wasn’t really expecting to make the final cut.”

The Wagga young gun is determined to seize the opportunity with both hands.

“I’m so nervous but so ready,” she said.

“It’s a big step up but making the team has really helped boost my confidence.”

It has been a big year for Kearnes, who won the International Friendship Series in Brisbane in July. 

The youngster dreams of one day playing at the Olympics alongside sister Montana.