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State of Alberta’s Game 2019

There is no shortage of topics of discussion for baseball officials heading into 2020.

The game’s growth has been front and centre as we see more talent make their way to higher levels, but enrollment, training and coaching will also be on their radar.

We chatted with Baseball Alberta’s Darren Dekinder recently for his analysis of 2019 and what’s to come in the new year.

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Great Pote-ntial

Conor Pote knows what it will take for him to get to the next level in baseball.

The son of former MLB pitcher Lou Pote, the right-hander made a name for himself this summer at the plate and on the mound with Dawgs Academy Black.

He finished the season by being named the Baseball Alberta 15U ‘AAA’ Player of the Year.

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Stand Up Double

Ellie Jespersen’s 2019 season can be summed up in one word: incredible.

After pacing Alberta at the national championships in Okotoks, the 16-year-old was named to Baseball Canada’s National Women’s Team, contributing in major ways.

She put the wraps on the year by being named to two major Baseball Alberta awards in November.

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Lights Out

What a year it was for Donovan Wallace.

The Northern Lights Baseball Academy hurler’s squad took home a trio of medals over the summer, including a provincial championship.

He put the wraps on the season by being named the Baseball Alberta U18 ‘AAA’ Player of the Year.

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Shari of All Trades

Shari Reiniger has turned her love of baseball and travel into quite the career.

Over the last 15 years, she has served in a multitude of roles for Baseball Canada at international events.

The Californian-turned-Edmontonian has seen it all, and gave us a snapshot in a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast.

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