Family that plays together
Baseball NL under-16 team has plenty of family ties
Three members of the CBN Bulldogs squad that earned roster spots on the provincial under-16 female team know each other better than most teammates do. That’s because these girls have a family bond that goes beyond baseball.
The Newfoundland and Labrador under-16 female baseball team has a distinct family feel to its practices.
That’s at least when it comes to players from the Conception Bay North region. It’s because a trio of players have known each other for years.
There’s Victoria Reardon and her younger sister Hillary, along with their first cousin Madison Coombs. You can call them the Bryant’s Cove trio if you will.
Earlier this month, the three ball players were shortlisted for the club and are set to represent their province at the Baseball Canada National under-16 Championships in Vaughn, Ont., Aug. 18-22. Altogether there are five players from the CBN region donning the familiar red jerseys.
Spaniard’s Bay’s Jenna Lee Ralph and Upper Island Cove’s Stephanie Crane are also on the list. There is a chance we’ll see more local representation, but that depends on how coaches evaluate players during summer tournaments.
Of the three family members, Victoria has the most experience. It’ll be her third trip with the provincial team to the national competition.
That’s in stark contrast to Hillary and Madison. Both are at the bantam-level and headed to their first national tourna- ment.
“I was more proud that they made it than I made it,” Victoria said of seeing the selection list.
For the other two, seeing their name on the list made them smile. They tried out last year, but didn’t get the call.
They made sure they got it this year after a strong tryout.
“I was happy,” said Hillary of finding her name on the short list.
“I was pretty excited,” added Madison. “It’s nice to have people that you’re close to on the same team.” Looking forward It’ll be a chance of scenery for Victoria, and a whole new experience for the younger players. The eldest has spent the past two summers playing in Quebec with the provincial team.
This year, Victoria heads to Ontario — no doubt with the rest of her family in tow.
For her, the tournament remains about the baseball. It’s what she most looks forward to doing while she’s gone.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” said Victoria.
In their inaugural trip with the provincial club, Madison and Hillary have eyes on taking everything in.
From the bus rides with team to game day, they’re looking forward to all the tournament has to offer.
“I’m looking forward to the trip,” Hillary said with a big smile.
“I’m looking forward to the trip too, and the ball and testing myself,” added Madison.
While playing with the under-16 team is special, it means a little bit more for these three.
“I played baseball with (a lot of the players) last year and for them to step in and play makes it all that much better,” Victoria said motioning to her family.
Next up for them will be the Bulldogs Classic tournament this weekend.
A trio of ball players from the CBN region are family. Shown here is Victoria Reardon (centre) along with her cousin Madison Coombs (left) and younger sister Hillary.