Delia ballplayer claims bronze at na­tion­als

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Saige Hall Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

A Delia ball player has her sights on Team Canada af­ter she helped lead Al­berta to­wards a na­tional bronze medal in late Au­gust.

Out­fielder and pitcher Saige Hall, 17, led Team Al­berta in bat­ting av­er­age at .444 as they claimed bronze at the Base­ball Canada Se­nior Women In­vi­ta­tional Cham­pi­onship in Red Deer from Au­gust 25-29. Team Al­berta beat Que­bec 8-5 on the last day of the tour­ney, with BC beat­ing On­tario to fin­ish first.

“We were happy to bring home some hard­ware,” she said.

Hall, who reg­u­larly plays midget AA boys base­ball with the Strath­more Reds, con­trib­uted to Al­berta’s third place fin­ish by notch­ing four hits in nine at bats in four games. It was the first time she was in­vited to rep­re­sent the prov­ince, and had the chance to play with ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers as old as their early 30s.

“I learned a ton from them. Just kind of how to be men­tally pre­pared for games and how to take what you learn on the field and use it in ev­ery­day life,” Hall said.

“They’re a re­ally big in­spi­ra­tion for me, too. See­ing how they worked with the pro­gram to get where they are to­day. Two girls on the team were doc­tors, and just see­ing them suc­ceed in their ca­reers, as well as base­ball, was cool for me to see. They were en­cour­ag­ing and push­ing me through­out the week­end.”

Scouts for Team Canada were in at­ten­dance and Hall is hop­ing to ful­fill her dream of rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try one day.

“Ever since I kind of re­al­ized there was a Team Canada Base­ball, since I was 13, it was what I wanted to do.”

“There were a cou­ple of 17-year-olds who got cho­sen, but I guess I need more ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter play­ing with and against the girls that made Team Canada. It’s def­i­nitely an eye-opener for me to see where I need to be de­vel­op­ment-wise and train­ing-wise to make Team Canada.”

With fall here and the base­ball sea­son over, Hall will be putting what she learned to use over the off­sea­son and plans to play for Team Al­berta, and hope­fully Team Canada, next year. Delia out­fielder Saige Hall helped lift Team Al­berta to a bronze medal win at a Base­ball Canada tour­na­ment, lead­ing the team in bat­ting av­er­age at .444.

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