Baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, curling, Taekwondo; these are the sports that Vanessa Dort, a Grade 8 student at Chedabucto Education Centre from Guysborough, takes part in throughout the year. This summer, baseball became her main focus when she was chosen to play on Baseball Nova Scotia 14 U Girls team. The Atlantic Championship, held in Bedford, Nova Scotia, wrapped up the season on the second weekend in September. Dort talked to The Journal about the experience.
Dort has long been a softball player but it was only this spring that she became more familiar with baseball. She attended a baseball clinic in Port Hawkesbury where she learned about the game. Her performance at the clinic caught the eye of Baseball Nova Scotia members who were looking to fill the roster for this year’s 14 U Girls team and they asked Dort to join the team in July.
Playing baseball posed a few challenges for Dort including “hitting a small ball and getting used to the rules.” But it was also beneficial.
“I met a lot of different girls; not just on my team but also from the other provinces and I learned a lot of new skills,” said Dort.
The experience was also a learning opportunity. Dort unexpectedly found herself pitching games; a position that created a lot of pressure. She handled it well and won MVP in a game against New Brunswick; something she also wasn’t expecting.
“It was shocking for sure but a lot of the girls said, ‘You’re definitely going to get it,’ because I had a triple, a double, a single and I had pitched three innings...I was really surprised but it felt really good.”
At the end of the championship, Team Nova Scotia went up against Newfoundland for the bronze but failed to make it to the podium. Despite the loss, Dort was enthusiastic about the whole experience and looks forward to next year. She’s already been tapped to play on the team in the coming season. She starts training this coming weekend.