Up to bat

St. Anthony teens to play on Western New­found­land fast pitch team

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS TC ME­DIA

For three St. Anthony teenagers, this sum­mer will be more than a lit­tle fast paced.

Brit­tany Sex­ton, Brooke War­ren and Me­gan Dredge will be com­pet­ing at a New­found­land and Labrador pro­vin­cial tournament as mem­bers of the girls’ Western New­found­land un­der16 fast pitch team.

The unique sit­u­a­tion with these three play­ers is their lack of fast pitch ex­pe­ri­ence. Al­though they have played soft­ball for more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury be­tween them, their try­out for the team was based on their first time play­ing fast pitch.

“We had one prac­tice last year and got picked for the team,” Sex­ton ex­plained.

The prac­tice they took part in was held last Au­gust at their home field, but the team wasn’t named un­til ear­lier this year.

“It was different for us,” War­ren said. “It was the first time we had ever played (fast pitch).”

Al­though they only played fast pitch last year, they have been ob­served play­ing soft­ball through­out the year.

But don’t let the lack of ex­pe­ri­ence fool you. These ath­letes are skilled and rec­og­nized in the re­gion, and not just for soft­ball.

War­ren and Sex­ton have both been named to Western New­found­land teams be­fore — War­ren for swim­ming and Sex­ton for hockey. This will be the first time for Dredge, but that’s not some­thing she’s shy­ing away from.

“We’re go­ing to be meet­ing so many new peo­ple,” Dredge said.

By dead­line last week, the girls hadn’t yet met their fel­low team­mates, but they were ex­pected to head to Cor­ner Brook Sun­day for their first team prac­tice. Even though it’s far, the girls be­lieve the five­hour drive will be worth it.

When asked how they were feel­ing about the whole ex­pe­ri­ence, they were quick to re­spond. “I’m ex­cited,” said War­ren. “Jacked,” Dredge laughed. “Hyped,” added Sex­ton. All three were named to the team on the first round of selections. There were six re­main­ing spots on June 1, but they have since been filled.

The girls will com­pete at a pro­vin­cial tournament in St. John’s July 15-17 as a qual­i­fier for the New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games.

If they suc­ceed, they will play in the Sum­mer Games in Con­cep­tion Bay South Aug. 17-21.

Even though it’s about the sport and the ex­cite­ment of be­ing named to such a pres­ti­gious team, the girls still hope to have fun and make friends dur­ing the sum­mer.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Me­gan Dredge (left), Brit­tany Sex­ton (cen­tre) and Brooke War­ren of St. Anthony will play on the Western New­found­land team for fast pitch later this sum­mer.

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