Na­tion­als bound

Pro­vin­cial fe­male base­ball squad has west coast flavour head­ing to na­tion­als

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY DAVE KEARSEY [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

A group of fe­male ballplay­ers from the west coast are rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince at a na­tional tour­na­ment

A hand­ful of young girls from the west coast have found their com­fort zone on the base­ball di­a­mond.

The pro­vin­cial 16U fe­male base­ball team rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince at the na­tional 16U fe­male tour­na­ment will have six play­ers from west­ern New­found­land wear­ing its colours against the best in the coun­try next month in Vaughnn, Ont.

The girls who are ea­ger to show how they stack up against the rest of the coun­try in­clude Brook­lyn Childs of Cor­ner Brook, Bethany Bro­phy of Pasadena, Shon­tal Patey-Cal­la­han of Cor­ner Brook, Rhi­ann Ward of Cor­ner Brook, Hai­ley Com­pan­ion of Cor­ner Brook and Shilo Chislett of Kip­pens.

The West­ern Star talked to the play­ers about the ex­cit­ing ven­ture ear­lier this week as they con­tin­ued to smack the ball around the di­a­mond while wait­ing to shine on the big stage.

Brook­lyn Childs, Cor­ner Brook

What does it mean to you to have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent your prov­ince on the na­tional stage?

It’s my fourth time do­ing it and ev­ery time it means a lot. It’s a big deal to me. It’s not easy to do it, but you go up and you show a lot of pride for your prov­ince and you have fun do­ing it.

How do you see your­self mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the team and what is it you hope to ac­com­plish on a per­sonal level?

I think I bring solid de­fence and I can bring some of­fence. I hope I will be able to say that I had lots of fun and I gave 100 per cent ef­fort.

Shon­tal Patey-Cal­la­han, Cor­ner Brook

What does it mean to you to have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent your prov­ince on the na­tional stage?

I feel and honoured and proud to rep­re­sent my prov­ince. I’m just happy be­cause my two best friends — Brook­lyn Childs and Hai­ley Com­pan­ion — are go­ing with me so that makes it even bet­ter.

How do you see your­self mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the team and what is it you hope to ac­com­plish on a per­sonal level?

I think I have to be sup­port­ive no mat­ter what, even if we’re los­ing and just be there for my team­mates. On a per­sonal level I just want to have a laugh and be happy be­cause it’s all for fun.

Bethany Bro­phy, Pasadena

What does it mean to you to have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent your prov­ince on the na­tional stage?

This will be my sec­ond year rep­re­sent­ing New­found­land and Labrador at a na­tional level and be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate in this has been a huge con­fi­dence builder in not only my con­fi­dence in the game but my self-con­fi­dence over­all. I have worked hard to get to this level and be­ing able to know I am one of the top play­ers in my prov­ince and rep­re­sent them at na­tion­als makes me proud of the player I have be­come. This means so much to me to par­tic­i­pate in this and I hope to make my prov­ince proud.

How do you see your­self mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the team and what is it you hope to ac­com­plish on a per­sonal level?

I can see my­self mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion in many ways. I am a team player. I have lots of ex­pe­ri­ence and I can play any po­si­tion I am needed in. I will help my team rep­re­sent New­found­land as best as I can. Go­ing up to na­tion­als I hope to fur­ther ad­vance my skills by play­ing at such a high level of base­ball with hope of be­ing no­ticed for pos­si­ble col­lege op­por­tu­ni­ties through base­ball.

Rhi­ann Ward, Cor­ner Brook

What does it mean to you to have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent your prov­ince on the na­tional stage?

I’m pretty proud. We get to go up and say we’re New­found­lan­ders and show them what we got. I think it’s go­ing to be a lot of fun and it’s go­ing to raise our level of play be­cause the girls who are play­ing up in On­tario and some of the other prov­inces are a lot bet­ter than we are here so it’s go­ing to make us come to­gether as a team and be bet­ter.

How do you see your­self mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the team and what is it you hope to ac­com­plish on a per­sonal level?

I think my pos­i­tive at­ti­tude will be great when things get rough. I hope I can do my part to help the team get at least one win out of it.

Hai­ley Com­pan­ion, Cor­ner Brook

What does it mean to you to have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent your prov­ince on the na­tional stage?

It is an awe­some feel­ing. It means a lot to be picked to rep­re­sent New­found­land on the na­tional stage. I’m honoured to be part of this team stand­ing next to an amaz­ing group of ath­letes.

How do you see your­self mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the team and what is it you hope to ac­com­plish on a per­sonal level?

Just by sup­port­ing and cheer­ing on ev­ery­one even if it’s from the side­lines or be­hind the plate. My favourite po­si­tion to play is catcher and I want to play the best I can to help my team win some games.

Shilo Chislett, Kip­pens

What does it mean to you to have the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent your prov­ince on the na­tional stage?

Rep­re­sent­ing my prov­ince at na­tion­als is such an hon­our. I’m a young player so mak­ing the team is a great op­por­tu­nity for me.

How do you see your­self mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the team and what is it you hope to ac­com­plish on a per­sonal level?

I see my­self con­tribut­ing by play­ing my best and sup­port­ing my team­mates both on and off the field. I hope to come home a bet­ter player with some won­der­ful mem­o­ries and new friend­ships.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Shilo Chislett, a Kip­pens na­tive, is seen in ac­tion for the Cor­ner Brook Barons 14U team at the 2017 Mary Tavenor Me­mo­rial Base­ball Tour­na­ment held ear­lier this month at Ju­bilee Field in Cor­ner Brook.

Childs

Com­pan­ion

Ward

Chislett

Bro­phy

Patey-Cal­la­han

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