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Local players make provincial baseball team

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Two local baseball players will represent Manitoba at the 14U Girls Western Canada Baseball Championships, Aug. 16 to 18, in Saskatoon, Sask.
Brooke Shewchuk and Heather Gouldsborough, both 11, were chosen to Team Manitoba after attending four tryouts camps, two in Steinbach and two in Winnipeg.
Gouldsborough, who plays outfield, second base and pitcher, was proud when she learned she made the team and she learned a lot of new skills which helped her development at the camps.
“They were very helpful,” she said, adding she was pumped and excited at the prospects of travelling to Saskatoon.
Gouldsborough hopes to continue learning more skills to help her development.
“And meet new people and play different teams,” she added.
Steve Gouldsborough noted his daughter plays on a team with mostly boys in the Dauphin Minor Baseball Association, while Team Manitoba will be her first experience playing on an all-girls team.
It’s easier, I think, for the girls to interact together. They all get along pretty good. So I think it was easier to adjust,” he said.
“I don’t think a lot of people know about the girls program in the city, because at the beginning of the year, there wasn’t a lot that really came to try out. So it’s something, I think, that can be exposed better.”
Gouldsborough enjoys fielding most, because she always gets hit when batting. She got hit twice at a tournament in Steinbach.
For Shewchuk, she was excited to make the team.
“Because it was really interesting to play with other girls around the province that I don’t know,” she said.
Shewchuk is versatile, being able to play any of the outfield positions, as well as second base, short stop and third base.
There is a lot that Shewchuk enjoys about the game.
“Playing with some girls I don’t know. Having fun with them and enjoying all this baseball and playing as a team,” she said.
Shewchuk is excited at the prospect of playing at the Westerns and hopes to learn what to work on to improve as a team and player.
Gouldsborough and Shewchuk are close friends so having someone they know will help with their comfort level.
“I’ll always have someone to talk to,” Gouldsborough said.
“If Heather wasn’t on the team, I would have been pretty nervous to play with all these girls,” Shewchuk said.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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