Ready to play ball

John’s Beach na­tive Shelby Gal­lant em­brac­ing rookie sea­son on the base­ball di­a­mond

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

Shelby Gal­lant and the 16u fe­male Barons are ready for provin­cials.

Teenagers tend to stick with their friends when it comes to things to do for fun.

If one is ea­ger to play a cer­tain sport the oth­ers tend to come on board be­cause it gives them an op­por­tu­nity to have fun with fa­mil­iar faces do­ing some­thing fresh.

It’s tough say­ing no and some­times there is some­body who re­ally catches the bug when they say yes.

This sum­mer, Shelby Gal­lant of John’s Beach added base­ball to her list of things she likes to do when she’s not in school.

She still plays soc­cer with the Cor­ner Brook 18U fe­male soc­cer squad and is still ac­tive on the vol­ley­ball court, but be­ing on the di­a­mond kick­ing up dust is prov­ing to be a great choice for the 15-year-old Cor­ner Brook High stu­dent.

A lot of her friends ei­ther play the game or coach it, so when they prod­ded her about join­ing them she re­ally didn’t waste any time de­cid­ing she would give it a go.

She’s hav­ing fun and she’s ex­cited about play­ing in her first provin­cial tour­na­ment when she suits up with the Cor­ner Brook Barons at the provin­cial 16U fe­male base­ball cham­pi­onship this week­end in St. John’s.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing game that keeps you on your toes,” Gal­lant said be­fore a team prac­tice Thurs­day at Ju­bilee Field. “Some­times it can get bor­ing stand­ing around, but you have to be ready at all times to make the plays.”

Fe­male base­ball has grown ex­po­nen­tially in the prov­ince over the past four years so Gal­lant is happy to be one of the new faces on the field.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. This is a new sport so it’s ex­cit­ing,” she said.

The Barons will tan­gle with Grand Falls-Wind­sor and the St. John’s Capitals in a dou­ble round-robin tour­na­ment for­mat that gets un­der­way to­day with the Capitals play­ing Grand Falls-Wind­sor 5 p.m. in the open­ing game at Air­port Heights Field.

The Barons open the tour­na­ment 8 p.m. tonight when they clash with the Capitals.

A com­plete tour­na­ment sched­ule can be found in the Score­board on page 10.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Shelby Gal­lant is ex­cited about play­ing in her first provin­cial fe­male base­ball tour­na­ment. She is suit­ing up with the Cor­ner Brook Barons at the 2018 provin­cial 16U fe­male base­ball tour­na­ment be­ing held in St. John’s this week­end.

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