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Mallory Throwing the First Pitch at the 14U Girls Western Canada Championship

Baseball history was made twenty-three years ago when, from August 18 to 22, Baseball Manitoba, St. James Minor Baseball hosted the inaugural Canadian Baseball Girls Competition at Optimist Park in St. James.

At that time, 100 13U female players on teams representing Ontario (2 teams), British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba made “Girl’s Baseball a Big Hit!”

On the Baseball Manitoba “Dugout” fall edition of 1999, on the front page, Mallory Wray who was pictured, along with the team catcher, and coach Grant Alolph discussing strategy during one of Team Manitoba’s games.

Fast forward to August 18th to 21st. 2022, to the Western Canadian Girls Championship, being held at the same facility, the same young lady, Mallory (Wray) Fafard will be throwing the first pitch.

“I did play in 1999 with the U13 team in Winnipeg. What a great experience! I played with the  team for five years following that and I enjoyed the Winnipeg one the most,” emphasized Mallory.

The championship opening ceremonies will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19th.

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14U Team Toba Named

So, can girls play baseball? Many girls have proven over and over that they more than belong on the baseball field.

Contrary to other sports like football, baseball is much more than strength. Beyond brute strength, success in baseball requires other skills such as solid coordination, timing, technique, knowledge of the game, and strategy. Strength is a plus for batters, but bat control and speed are more important. More than being able to throw quick balls at a dizzying rate, pitchers must master the technique of throwing.

Many baseball players can overcome the lack of strength or size with skill and dexterity.

Apart from all this, many women demonstrate fantastic athletic abilities and would easily be more than a game for many men.

Coaches Mike Holmes and Brittany Langlais have released those girls who will be competing in the 2022 Women’s Canada Western Championship to be held at Optimist Park in St. James from July August 19 – 21, 2022.

Roasted to Team Toba are Kirsten Giesbrecht (Altona), Madi Hiebert (Steinbach), Kennedy Morissette (Niverville), Caitlan Nickel (Ashern), Alia Ross (Holland), Rebecca Anderson (La Salle), Dayle Bettens (Winnipeg), Piper Hollywood (Winnipeg), Leia Normand (Winnipeg), Josie Miller (Winnipeg), Olivia Miller (Winnipeg), Malea Foulidis (Winnipeg), and Faith Teichroeb (Darlingford). Alternates are Gemma Strutynski (Oakbank) and Alexis Martens (Duglad).

“I am grateful as well as honoured to be apart of this team and to be able to play for my province. I enjoy the game of baseball and to play it with a group of girls makes the experience all the more exciting,” emphasized Kirsten Giesbrecht.

“I am so happy and excited to be chosen. It is going to be a one-of-a-kind experience,”

Josie Miller says “I am so excited to play on an all-girls team! When is the first practice?” While Olivia Millers says “it’s gonna be so fun!” I cannot wait to see how my skills match up to the other girls!”

“I am excited! I think we have a good team atmosphere, great coaches, and some talented girls!

But man, baseball is such a mental game, we are going to have to stay sharp if we want to win this. As a team we are going to have to leave it all out on the field, and work together as true teammates.

Personally, no matter what, I am going to do my best and ultimately keep in mind that win or lose that baseball is fun, expressed Faith Teichroeb (Darlingford).

We are excited to see how such a talented group of young athletes will compete against the best from the west. Having the opportunity to work with such a fun and motivated group has been a highlight of our time as coaches,” said Mike Holmes, Coach.

Girls Baseball delivers programs and opportunities for girls. It teaches resiliency through sport. They learn to play, win, and lose. The game empowers and inspire girls to lead, learn, and play. Take time to attend the tournament and support Manitoba’s youngest team players. 

 

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Notice  14U Team Toba

A reminder that the deadline for Manitoba Apparel is Thursday, August 11th

https://14uwesterns2022.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

 

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14U Girls Western Championshipsl

August 20 - 24, 2022

Optimist Park - Winnipeg

Watch for details  .....

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