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Justin Dickie
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Cumberland County may be small, but we've got game.

AMHERST - Cumberland County may be small, but we've got game.

On the 11-woman roster that will represent Nova Scotia at the Baseball Canada Senior Women Invitational, Cumberland County will be represented twice.

Sara Laurie, 19, of Springhill and Kristen Landry, 20, of Amherst, will soon head to Quebec City to compete for Team Nova Scotia from Aug. 9 to 14.

"It's good to know that we're good enough. Especially since there's not a lot of competitive sports for women now," Laurie said yesterday right before the two umpired a bantam game at the Robb's complex. "It's good to know two people from small towns can compete."

The girls were recruited by the provincial team's head coach Rick Flemming,

Flemming stopped in Springhill as he made his way across the province trying to find some top-level talent.

He found it here.

Laurie and Landry showed off their skills and he was impressed immediately.

"He said it was great to see people who could actually play, like people who could play all around the field," Laurie said.

"It's not like they take just anyone off the street," Landry quipped.

Landry had to quit competitive baseball when she was in bantam and Laurie stopped playing at the mosquito level because of a lack of interest in their communities.

They play competitive slo-pitch to keep their skills sharp. They've been playing together for five years, something they figured helped them make the provincial roster.

"We're best friends, we know how each other plays. We work really well together," Laurie said.

"It's better to go to something like this with someone you're familiar with than to go there and meet up with a bunch of girls. We wouldn't be able to build the chemistry that Kristen and I have."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Baseball Canada Senior Women Invitational, Robb

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Springhill Nova Scotia Quebec City

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  • Tammy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    There is also a 13 year old from River Philip going to Nationals. Raelene Wilson, pitcher, is a 2nd year member of Team Nova Scotia Bantam Girls Baseball Team. She, too, leaves for Nationals on August 7. Competition begins August 9.