Bring­ing home the gold

West coast base­ball play­ers shine at Amer­i­can tour­na­ment

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY DAVE KEARSEY [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Shar­ing the di­a­mond with fe­male base­ball play­ers from all over the United States was an ex­pe­ri­ence a num­ber of west coast girls will re­mem­ber for a long time.

Han­nah Legge of Cow Head, Som­mer Mosher of Cor­ner Brook, Lau­ren Chaulk of Cor­ner Brook and Tay­lor Bur­ton of Cor­ner Brook were among the seven New­found­lan­ders who helped the Chicago Pi­o­neers win gold in the U13 di­vi­sion at the 2018 Base­ball Four U.S.A. U13 Nationals held in Rock­ford, Illi­nois over the week­end.

The Pi­o­neers, who fin­ished with an over­all 5-1 record, won gold by de­feat­ing the Bos­ton Slam­mers by a 7-5 spread in the gold-medal show­down in the U13 age group.

Legge, who said the high­light of her Chicago ex­pe­ri­ence was be­ing able to play catcher for a game, went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Pi­o­neers in the cham­pi­onship game.

“Oh my God, it was so un­real,” Legge said from Chicago Mon­day as she be­gan pre­par­ing for the jour­ney home. “There was so much to do, the base­ball was amaz­ing and I met lots of new friends.”

Legge said she learned a lot of new drills and some tips on how to be a bet­ter player in all as­pects of the game af­ter work­ing with the coaches with sev­eral prac­tice ses­sions be­fore the na­tional show­case tour­na­ment for fe­male base­ball in the United States swung into high gear.

“It was awe­some. I think I played 10 times bet­ter when I was down here,” Legge said. “It told me I have lots of stuff to learn and it opened my eyes to so much more be­cause I didn’t re­al­ize there was so much more to base­ball.”

Mosher had a key part in the team’s suc­cess, pitch­ing two in­nings of re­lief and go­ing 2-for-3 at the dish in a 20-0 win over the Bos­ton Slam­mers, but the ex­cit­ing mo­ment for her came in the 3-2 ex­tra-in­ning semi­fi­nal vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Mon­archs.

With the Pi­o­neers trail­ing 2-1, Mosher scored the ty­ing run in her team’s last at-bat in the sixth in­ning (all games were six in­nings) with two outs to send the game to an ex­tra in­ning. She showed pa­tience at the plate to earn a walk be­fore she stole sec­ond and third base to inch closer to home, and then Ni­cole Kaleta of Illi­nois spanked a sin­gle to de­liver the equal­izer be­fore the Pi­o­neers eked out the win in the home half of the sev­enth when Holly Rus­sell scored on a wild pitch af­ter earn­ing a walk and swip­ing two bases.

“It was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I got to play against and play with some of the best base­ball play­ers in all of the United States and I got to hold my own with all of them,” Mosher said.

Shilo Chislett of Stephenvil­le, mean­while, drove in four runs to lead DC Force to a 10-6 vic­tory over the Bay Sox in the gold-medal show­down in the 14U age bracket, while her younger sib­ling De­varo suited up with the Bos­ton Slam­mers in the U11 age group and failed to reach the play­off round.

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Shilo Chislett crosses home plate for DC Force of Wash­ing­ton, D. C. dur­ing a 10-6 win over the Bay Sox in the goldmedal game in the U14 age bracket at the 2018 Base­ball for All Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

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Seven bud­ding fe­male base­ball play­ers from New­found­land and Labrador, four of them from the west coast, helped the Chicago Pi­o­neers win gold at the 2018 Base­ball For All USA 13U Nationals in Rock­ford, Illi­nois. over the week­end. The Pi­o­neers de­feated the Bos­ton Slam­mers 7-5 in the show­down for gold. The seven New­found­land and Labrador girls who joined the Pi­o­neers for the tour­na­ment in­clude, from left (front) Jaida Lee of St. John’s and Som­mer Mosher of Cor­ner Brook; (back) Kayla Musseau of St. John’s, Han­nah Legge of Cow Head, Holly Rus­sell of Grand Falls-Wind­sor, Tay­lor Bur­ton of Cor­ner Brool and Lau­ren Chaulk of Cor­ner Brook. Shilo Chislett of Stephenvil­le helped DC Force of Wash­ing­ton, D. C. claim gold in the 14U fe­male di­vi­sion.

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Han­nah Legge is seen here han­dling the catch­ing du­ties for the Chicago Pi­o­neers dur­ing a U13 di­vi­sion round-robin game at the 2018 Base­ball For All Na­tional Cham­pi­onships held re­cently in Rock­ford, Illi­nois.

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De­varo Chislett of Stephenvil­le is seen here in ac­tion with the Bos­ton Slam­mers U11 squad that com­peted at the 2018 Base­ball For All Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. The Slam­mers didn’t make the play­off round.

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