Girls Got Game

Efforts to grow the girls and women’s game in Alberta have been renewed with the creation of the new Alberta Girls Baseball League.

The three-team pilot season will begin this summer, with the hope of having girls playing with and against more girls.

And if Barb Northcott has her way, more teams will be lined up to play in 2024 and beyond.

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Triple Play

In the blink of an eye, Madison Willan has somehow turned into one of the veterans of Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team.

The multi-sport star was just getting her feet wet with the program when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

But with a young core of players coming up, the team is leaning on the Edmonton product as it looks towards the World Cup in 2024.

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Ace of Hearts

The Canadian baseball world is in shock following the death of Amanda Asay.

The Prince George, B.C. native passed away earlier this month following a skiing accident in Nelson.

We take a look back at her career and accomplishment, as well as get reaction from her Albertan teammates.

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Turn the Paige

Even though her playing days are behind her, Paige Wakefield is still more than happy to reminisce about her time in baseball.

Whether it was her home association teams, Baseball Alberta or Baseball Canada, she enjoyed every minute of it.

We caught up with her earlier this year for a chat on Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast and here is the full transcript of that conversation.

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Three’s Company

They all say it took them by surprise and that it was also an honour.

Baseball Canada quietly unveiled its four major award winners recently and three of them went to Alberta products.

We chatted with Kelsey Lalor, Ellie Jespersen and Nicole Luchanski about what it meant to them to be recognized for their contributions to the game.

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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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Alberta’s All-Decade Squad

‘Tis the season for year-end and decade-end lists.

We decided to put a different spin on those lists with a roster of Alberta’s baseball talent to suit up between 2010 and 2019.

From an MLB phenom to college stars to women’s national team stalwarts, take a look at who we think deserves recognition for their performances.

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The Legend of Luch

She admits it’s been on her mind for a while.

But just days before her 29th birthday, Nicole Luchanski announced her retirement.

The Baseball Canada Women’s National Team star and Edmonton native is now ready for the next chapter of her life.

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Act of Lalor

It’s hard to imagine calling Kelsey Lalor a “veteran.” She is only 20, after all.

Yet, her resume is an impressive one, including being named to the All World Team after this summer’s Women’s Baseball World Cup.

The Red Deer native finished off the year by being named the top women’s player in Alberta.

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Unfinished Business

With one eye on the prize of the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup, Canada has another eye on the future and it may not be more prevalent than by looking at the Alberta contingent heading to Viera, Florida.

Five Albertans make up the roster, including three first-year national team players.

While there is plenty of new blood, the expectation remains the same: win.

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