For Softball Canada under-14 girls jamboree
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Halthorn Global Eagles will make P.E.I. softball history next week.
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The Halthorn Global Eagles will represent P.E.I. at the Softball Canada under-14 girls jamboree in British Columbia next week.
The Eagles are heading to Surrey, B.C., to take part in the Softball Canada under-14 girls jamboree from Aug. 6 to 10. The Eagles, who open play against the host team on Aug. 6, are the first girls’ softball team from P.E.I. to go to British Columbia for a Canadian championship.
The Eagles’ other three round-robin games are all against Ontario teams – two are scheduled for Aug. 7 and one for Aug. 8.
“We are a very aggressive team in all aspects of the game,” said Eagles head coach Chris Calliwell. “We run the bases very well, we play strong defence and we hit the ball as good as any club in Eastern Canada.
“Our team has had great success against teams in the Maritimes, now we get a chance to see how we measure up against the big provinces.”
The Eagles’ team was selected last October, and worked together indoors all winter and have played games and tournaments throughout the Maritimes this summer.
“We are a very aggressive team in all aspects of the game. We run the bases very well, we play strong defence and we hit the ball as good as any club in Eastern Canada. Our team has had great success against teams in the Maritimes, now we get a chance to see how we measure up against the big provinces.” Eagles head coach Chris Calliwell
“Our girls have great Island pride and are very excited to represent not only Prince Edward Island, but all of the Maritimes as well,” said Halliwell. “We are the only team east of Ontario going to the Canadian championships in the Open Division.”
This is the Eagles’ second year in a row representing P.E.I. in a national championship.
“In Montreal last year, we had 13 players that had never played in a tournament outside of the Maritimes, and nerves got to us more than once,” said Halliwell, who added the Eagles are looking to cut down on their mistakes at the nationals compared to last year. “This year, we have eight returning players that we feel have grown leaps and bounds in one year, and we believe their experience will and has lead this team to more success.”