A great performance for five female CBN baseball players
Part of Team NL that finished fourth at nationals
In late August, five female baseball players from Conception Bay North accomplished something extraordinary
They competed for a medal at the 2013 16-and-under Girls Invitational Baseball Championship in Bedford, Nova Scotia on Aug. 22-26.
Representing Newfoundland and Labrador, Megan Adams (Upper Island Cove), Holly Crane (Upper Island Cove), Cailey Drover (Upper Island Cove), Vanessa Jones (Bishop’s Cove) and April Squires (Tilton) met their counterparts from British Columbia in the bronze medal game.
Unfortunately, a win was not in the cards as Team BC soundly defeated Team NL 11-1.
However, it was the highest a Newfoundland team had ever finished at the tournament.
“It was a good experience,” said Drover.
It was a stark difference for the five local ball players.
Each was a member of the team last season that finished seven out of eight teams at the tournament.
This year, the same team jumped up four spots to finish fourth. This finish places Newfoundland players among the best in the country.
“It was the trip of a lifetime,” said Jones.
“You hate to lose any medal game, but you look back on it, and it is a huge accomplishment,” added coach Bob Morgan.
The big difference between last year and this year can be attributed to the improved skills of the female players.
These improvements lead to a better performance in all aspects of the game.
“We lost some games last year 243, but this year the games were way, way closer,” said Crane.
“It makes us feel top notch,” added Squires.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
Team NL would drop its first two games to perennial powerhouses Ontario (12-6) and British Columbia (7-3), however the team got into the win column against Manitoba (10-8).
Next up was another powerhouse, Quebec. The representatives from La Belle Province bested Newfoundland 27-3.
Undeterred from the defeat, Newfoundland blasted Nova Scotia by a score of 7-1, then dropped a narrow 4-2 decision to Alberta.
The team’s 2-4 record earned them a rematch with British Columbia in the bronze medal game.
Coaches Morgan, Jason Walsh and Alex Walsh had glowing reviews for the five Baseball CBN players.
They were praised for their work ethic, attitudes and the overall demeanor they brought to the ballpark every day.
“They were great team players,” said Jason. “They were always motivated and always having fun.”
When athletes reach a certain level, there is a chance they become role models for the athletes at the lower levels.
This can be said for the five CBN players.
With their experience at nationals, Adams, Crane, Drover, Jones and Squires have become role models to the younger female players in the association.
Not only that, they’re influence as influential members of the community extends far beyond the boundaries of their local area.
Even at the national tournament, they were shown praise worthy of professional ball players.
“We signed baseballs up there,” said Adams.