While playing for Équipe Quebec for several years, Ela Day-Bédard does not often have the opportunity to play games in her hometown. All the matches of her current squad, the U16 squad (16 and under), are played at the South Shore of Montreal League, the best girls her age wearing men’s bantam A. But for at least a weekend she will have the opportunity to be at home while the Association de Outaouais women’s baseball (ABFO) will host a series of exhibition games at Sanscartier Park (fields 1 and 2) for the provincial teams U16, 17+ and Relève.
Day-Bédard, a shortstop player and pitcher who can also play as an outfielder, will therefore see teammates from the rest of the province join her for once, while the fleurdelysée formation meets Tyrans 15U AA on Saturday at 16.00 as well as Sunday at 10
“It’s going to be a lot of fun not having to travel,” the 16-year-old said in an interview with the law this week. Honestly, it will be a great pleasure to play a little in front of my family who will be able to come and see me play. I have friends coming too. Usually you always have to drive three hours to get to my matches. ”
She will not be the only one to achieve this rare privilege while five other players from Outaouais are part of the provincial teams, Chelsea Morgan in 17+, as well as Melaya Armand, Estelle Bergeron, Noémie Dubé and Sophie Galipeau on the Relève team. … It will play a double program with a Bantam A team from Outaouais on Saturday at 10.00 and 13.00, while the Quebec Bleu and Blanc teams will meet on Saturday at 19.00 and on Sunday at 10.00.
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At the same time, this baseball celebration for women will also include a series of games by Rapides de l’Outaouais teams from 11U to 17+ who play in the Quebec Women’s Baseball League in addition to participating in local league activities (LBO) with the boys. They face three teams from the Richelieu-Yamaska region and another from Lac St Louis. The provincial district has 156 girls’ teams from all over Quebec from level 9U (atom) to level 17+ (dwarf).
“For the 16U girls who play on the South Shore, they are quite strong and have a hard time resisting. So to face a Bantam AA team, it should be a good little ‘challenge’ for them. It’s usually of their caliber, and it gives good baseball, “said Martin Galipeau, head of the women’s baseball for Outaouais.
According to the latter, women’s baseball is recovering from last year’s crisis caused by the pandemic, with nearly 200 participants across the various levels, while there were around 240 pre-COVID-19s. There are only eight girls’ teams, while others, registered, are part of mixed teams.
It helps them see local players carve out places on the provincial teams. And for the latter, there is no shortage of inspiration, as Quebec has produced a few players for the Canadian national team, including recently Daphnée Gélinas, who hit a home run to help the country win the bronze medal in the cup. The world of 2019.
“I was on the development team when I was 13, and the following year I was on the 16U team. My short-term goal would be to play for the senior team (17+) next year. Playing for the Canadian team is still a dream. It would give me great pleasure if I succeeded in achieving that, that is for sure, says Day-Bédard, member of the sports studio baseball program at Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau.