Pasadena’s Bro­phy wins MVP hon­ours for Team NL

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - SPORTS - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com

PASADENA - Bethany Bro­phy wanted to make her prov­ince proud of her when she stepped onto the di­a­mond at the na­tional 16U fe­male base­ball tour­na­ment.

She be­lieves she did just that de­spite the fact the New­found­land and Labrador squad posted an 0-5 record against the best 16-year-old girls from coast to coast.

Bro­phy, a Pasadena na­tive who will turn 16 on Sept. 26, picked up player-of-the-game hon­ours on two oc­ca­sions and also took home the Most Valu­able Player award for her team in her sec­ond-straight ap­pear­ance with Team NL on the na­tional stage.

“For me it feels like my hard work has paid off. I worked so hard to get to this point and to go up there and be rec­og­nized for how I played feels great,” Bro­phy said Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Team NL didn’t fare very well at last year’s tour­na­ment, un­able to pick up a win and los­ing its round-robin af­fairs by the mercy rule, but this time around they man­aged to play a full seven in­nings against Prince Ed­ward Is­land so the team looked at that re­sult as a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for a bunch of girls who have only been play­ing the game for a hand­ful of years.

Bro­phy is re­al­is­tic about ex­pec­ta­tions when it comes to play­ing the game off the is­land. She knows the other prov­inces play more games and have big­ger pop­u­la­tions to draw from when se­lect­ing its best for na­tional com­pe­ti­tions so she just looks at com­pet­ing on the na­tional stage as a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a mea­sur­ing stick as to where a player can take their game if they put in the work.

She ad­mits it was eas­ier to ad­just to the high skill level in her sec­ond na­tion­als, and she was amazed at the skillset of the other play­ers and how well they worked to­gether as a team.

It taught her a big les­son about not only base­ball, but life in gen­eral, so she’s thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to play the game at a higher level than what is avail­able liv­ing on an is­land.

“No mat­ter what the score is just don’t give up and keep fight­ing,” she said.

She’s been on the di­a­mond for six years now and base­ball is now the favourite sport of a tal­ented girl who keeps her­self ac­tive with vol­ley­ball and hockey dur­ing the cold win­ter months.

See­ing more girls catch­ing the base­ball bug is her wish be­cause the game has grown by leaps and bounds in a few years and she feels there’s room for ev­ery­one.

“Show the guys we can do this just like you can,” she said.

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Bethany Bro­phy of Pasadena won Most Valu­able Player hon­ours for Team New­found­land and Labrador at the 2017 na­tional 16U fe­male base­ball tour­na­ment held re­cently in Vaughan, On­tario.

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