By DANIEL BONNER Sports Reporter
Fri. Jul 18 - 6:03 AM
A celebration of girls baseball is set for Saturday in Windsor Junction.
Baseball Nova Scotia, together with the Hammonds Plains and LWF baseball associations will host Girls Day in Baseball, a day of games, clinics and fun.
Girls baseball is experiencing phenomenal growth over a short period in the province. Nowhere is this more evident than in Hammonds Plains. The association boasted 36 registered girls last year, only to have that number leap to 82 this season. Association president Holly LaPierre expects that number to expand to well over 100 next year.
"It’s been very rewarding every time I have a parent sign a girl up," LaPierre said. "So what I wanted to do was just celebrate them."
Arguably the highlight of the event is the attendance of women’s national team members Melanie Harwood and Autumn Mills. The pair will lead a skills camp as well as sign autographs.
LaPierre believes the lack of visibility of the national team has been a problem in the past. A conversation with national team coach Andre Lachance led to the participation of Harwood and Mills.
"I said, ‘Andre, I don’t know who any of your players are,’ LaPierre said. "You ask any girl hockey player and they’ll tell you Hayley Wickenheiser or Cassie Campbell. Why are you not showcasing them, why are you not sending them out?’ So he budgeted this year just for that.
"These women are phenomenal, talented ball players, (and) these girls will treat them like they’re superstars."Action runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Windsor Junction Community Centre fields. The skills camp session with Harwood and Mills is set for 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.