Becky Bell Rout­ledge was in a class of her own

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS -

The Truro Sports Her­itage So­ci­ety will host its an­nual Sports Her­itage Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony at the Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre this Fri­day, Nov. 9.

Four in­di­vid­u­als and one team will be en­shrined into the Hall, in­clud­ing Sue Kaye (hockey), Steve Locke (fast­pitch and golf), Becky Bell Rout­ledge (softball), Terry Baker (foot­ball) and the 1968 Truro Tro­jan mid­get foot­ball team.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased for the In­duc­tion at the Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre for $15 each. A so­cial will be­gin at 6:30 p.m., with pre­sen­ta­tions be­gin­ning at 7 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 902-897-4004.

To­day, we take a look at the sport­ing ac­com­plish­ments of in­ductee Becky Bell Rout­ledge.

The name Becky Bell was well rec­og­nized for many years as one of the top young fe­male fast­ball pitch­ers in the coun­try.

Dom­i­nat­ing the game at a young age, Becky learned her skills by Becky Bell Rout­ledge earned na­tional recog­ni­tion as one of the premier fast­ball play­ers in the coun­try, renowned for both her pitch­ing and bat­ting.

play­ing ball with her brothers and in boys leagues dur­ing her early years. Her or­ga­nized ball-play­ing ca­reer be­gan with the North River Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion, play­ing in the Cen­tral Colch­ester Mi­nor Fast­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

When she was only 13, Becky was picked up by the En­field Midgets girls’ team to play with them in Van­cou­ver at the Cana­dian Mid­get Cham­pi­onships. Play­ing against big­ger and stronger 15- and 16-year-old ath­letes, Becky was named an all-star out­fielder with an im­pres­sive .600 bat­ting av­er­age.

For­mer coach Stan Hen­ni­gar re­mem­bers Becky as a fear­less com­peti­tor who was ea­ger to lis­ten and learn, and never gave up.

In the fol­low­ing years, Becky’s pitch­ing and ball play­ing tal­ents were in high de­mand. She often played most nights of the week for two teams each sum­mer – North River Acettes of the Colch­ester Ladies Softball League and the En­field Elites of the Hal­i­fax Ladies Fast­ball League.

Other high­lights of Becky’s ball play­ing ex­ploits, which re­sulted in sev­eral trips to na­tional cham­pi­onships, in­clude be­ing on the first girls’ team to win a medal at Na­tion­als when they won sil­ver in On­tario in 1987. Becky was se­lected as tour­na­ment MVP. She pitched two wins and a save and bat­ted .555 with eight hits, in­clud­ing a home run and triple, to go with five RBI’S and three runs scored.

Becky was a key mem­ber of a strong Nova Sco­tia team that com­peted in the 1989 Canada Games in Saskatoon, Sask. She was con­sid­ered, at this stage, to be one of the elite fe­male pitch­ers in Canada.

Becky con­tin­ued to en­joy and ex­cel in women’s fast­ball for many years. She en­joyed the com­pe­ti­tion, the ca­ma­raderie and help­ing younger play­ers de­velop.

Becky demon­strated over many years, as one of the best in her sport, that she is well de­serv­ing of be­ing in­ducted into the Colch­ester Sports Hall of Fame.

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One of the early teams Becky Bell Rout­ledge started with was the En­field ban­tam girls’ squad that won a pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship in 1983.

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