Player Profile – Tarni Stepto

Position: Pitcher
Uniform Number: 14
Debut: 2018 Asia Pacific Cup
Cap Number: 284
Club Team: Davidson Forest
Association Team: Manly Warringah
State Team: NSW Firestars
Date of Birth: 6 October 1999
Height: 186cm

A right-handed pitcher who can throw with high velocity, Tarni also has the ability to step into the batter’s box and hit balls over the fence, offering a dual weapon to the Australian team.

Starting softball at the age of six, she was selected into her first NSW team in 2015 (U17 Girls). The following year, again at the U17 Girls’ National Championship, she was absolutely dominant, winning the MVP, Best Pitcher and Player of the Grand Final awards.

In 2017, Tarni continued her strong domestic form, her performances at the U19 Women’s National Championship earning her selection into the Junior Spirit team for the Junior Women’s World Championship. At the World Championship, Tarni was outstanding in the pitcher’s circle, including a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts against eventual silver-medallist Japan.

The following year, Tarni was elevated into the senior Australian squad, making her debut for the Aussie Spirit at the 2018 Asia Pacific Cup. Later that year, she was selected into the Australian team for the World Championship.

In the past two years (2019 and 2020), Tarni has played softball in the USA, at Salt Lake Community College, earning the Region 18 Pitcher-of-the-Year title in 2020.

Also in the past two years, Tarni has played with the NSW Firestars team, winning Gilley’s Shield titles on each occasion, in addition to the three national titles she won at junior level.

With her family originally from Brewarrina, just east of Bourke in New South Wales, Tarni is a proud Kamilaroi and Ualarai woman.

 

Media
Article – November 2020: Stepto steps into commentary team for Softball SA’s NAIDOC round
Article – May 2019: Plain and Stepto earn college recognition 
Article – August 2017: Junior Spirit star Tarni takes a giant leap forward
 
World Championships:
2018: XVI Women’s Softball World Championship, Chiba, Japan
2017: XI Jnr Women’s Softball World Championship, Clearwater, USA
National Awards:
2016: Most Valuable Player, Best Pitcher & Player of the Grand Final, U17 Girls’ National Softball Championship