OR pitcher playing down under
Growing up in El Dorado Hills, Jon Durket always had a love for baseball. As a young child, Jon would wake his dad Matt each morning at very early hours to go in the yard and play catch, rain or shine. His mom Jody Durket was always Jon’s biggest fan, never missing a game.
Now Jon is making his parents proud thousands of miles away. He recently signed a contract with the Australian Baseball League Champion Brisbane Bandits and the season began earlier this month
The ABL is Australia’s premiere professional baseball competition. A landmark partnership between Major League Baseball and the Australian Baseball Federation, the ABL will feature a 40-game season and serve to elevate baseball’s profile in the Australian sports landscape and fuel participation in the game.
As the 6-foot 3-inch left-handed varsity pitcher for Oak Ridge High School, Jon graduated in 2005 with an impressive 21-6 season and went on to be the freshman starting pitcher for the University of San Diego. He later transferred to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was named as a first-team Horizon league pitcher and twice earned the league’s Pitcher of the Week. Jon played for WSU until his graduation in 2010 and then joined the Lake Erie Crushers for the 2010 season and then moved to the White Sands Pupfish for the 2011 season.