Marie Cook

Ethan pitches in

PLAYING baseball in front of 3000 people would be daunting for most 12-year-olds.

However, it was all part of the experience for Lismore baseballer Ethan Elliott when he represented Australia in the Cal Ripken World Series in the United States.

Ethan has just returned from the three-week competition where he came up against five international and 10 American sides in the tournament.

The highlight for Ethan came in a pool game against Japan, which went on to win the series.

A left-arm pitcher, he took out most valuable player for his efforts on the mound against the Japanese.

"It was a lot of fun to play the sport I love and meet some new people overseas," Ethan said.

"We were playing in front of packed stadiums and it was against the best competition."

Ethan follows in the footsteps of Far North Coast players Michael Gahan and Lachlan Allen to play in the Cal Ripken World Series.

The 2013 team toured Washington DC and Baltimore and got to see three Major League Baseball games.

They also met some minor league players.

"I've always wanted to play for Australia and it was a great experience," Ethan said.

"I got to pitch against some of the best teams.

"It was great to see all the different styles andI really liked playing Japan.

"It got a bit rough out there in some of the games but it was all in good spirit."

The St John's College Woodlawn student earn-ed his spot after representing Queensland in selection trials.

Fellow FNC players Harry Martin and Seth McClelland also took part in the trials with the trio impressing at the national Little League titles earlier this year.

"I really wanted to take my friends with me but I found my feet once I got there," Ethan said.

"I picked up some new skills and hopefully it will help me improve."



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