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Wilson hopeful squad can medal in competition next week

Raelene Wilson wanted to start playing baseball when she was four years old because she saw her sister having fun with it.

She made a good choice.

Headed to Nationals

Raelene Wilson wanted to start playing baseball when she was four years old because she saw her sister having fun with it.

She made a good choice.

"We never expected her to be where she is today," said her mother, Tammy Ricci.

Now 13, Wilson will soon be competing at the national level for the second consecutive year. She's been chosen as one of 13 girls to play for Team Nova Scotia at the 2007 Baseball Canada Bantam Girls Championships from Aug. 9 to 13 in Quebec City.

She was the youngest player last year and will be again this year.

"I'm excited. It's good to see how the other girls are able to play because there's not that many girls around," Wilson said.

Team Nova Scotia was embarrassed at nationals last year, leading to a complete overhaul of the coaching and managerial staff.

Now things are much more organized and Wilson would like to see the results on the field improve as well.

"The team wasn't very good last year. It's like 100 per cent better this year," she said. "I do want to come home with a medal because last year we came in last."

Wilson lives in Collingwood and has played all of her minor ball in Oxford and also currently plays on the Cumberland County Bantam AA all-star team. She has become a well-known pitcher across the province for her impressive speed and accuracy, twice being named the Baseball Nova Scotia minor division female player of the year.

"Her ability will take her far. In baseball, she rocks. She rules," said her bantam coach and step father Norman Sawler. "On the mound, from the time she was 10-years-old, she stood out amongst everybody."

She leaves for Quebec Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. from the Irving Mainway in Oxford where a pep rally will be held prior to her departure.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Team Nova Scotia, Cumberland County Bantam AA

Geographic location: Quebec City, Oxford, Nova Scotia Collingwood

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  • Linda
    January 18, 2010 - 11:10

    Good luck at Nationals Raelene!
    We are so proud of you!

  • Cara
    January 18, 2010 - 11:06

    Oh My Gosh ! ,
    I can't believe it , she's off again ,
    Well I Wish You The Best Of Luck Rae !!
    Have Fun In Quebec , See Ya Soon !
    byes !!