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