LOCAL GIRLS OFF TO MEXICO TO PLAY FOR U.S. IN PRINCESS CUP
Front: Neela Chanderdat (London) Back row (L to R): Stephanie Ellis (Brantford),
Tess Forman (Ottawa), Mia Valcke (St. Marys)
London’s Neela Chanderdat and Mia Valcke of St. Marys are poised to play for a United States girls’ baseball team at a new tournament in Mexico.
If that doesn’t sound like a script for A League of Their Own sequel, nothing does. The local kids will join Brantford’s Stephanie Ellis and Ottawa’s Tess Forman on Justine Siegal’s New York-based “Baseball For All” under-12 select team at the Mayan Princess Cup Feb. 8-11 in Merida, Yucatan.
The eight-year-old Chanderdat, who plays second base, suited up last summer for the Dorchester Diamondbacks major rookie boys’ team and was one of the leading hitters at the OBA championship.
Valcke, an infielder and pitcher, played last year for the St. Marys peewee boys’ team and the Western Ontario Baseball Association’s peewee Bulls club. She played for Siegal last summer at a tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., and also participated in the 2011 world children’s baseball fair in Japan.
“Obviously, they’re doing something right in Ontario to produce girls of this calibre, and I don’t mean just their baseball ability, but the way they carry themselves and mix with their teammates,” said Siegal, who is also chair of the International Baseball Federation’s commission for women’s baseball.
UPDATE: Sunday Feb. 10.
The Baseball For All team is 3-0 at the Princess Cup halfway through the Round Robin portion of the tournament.
Baseball For All - 8 Yucatan 5
Baseball For All - 14 Calisco Guadalajara - 9
Baseball For All - 17 Colegio Merida- 4