Published on September 02, 2013
Jenna Jackson of Steam Mill, shown here in action at the 2012 U-16 girls' baseball nationals, was one of three Kings County girls to represent Nova Scotia at this year's U-16 nationals in Bedford – her fifth trip to nationals. – Submitted
Published on August 22, 2013
Thirteen-year-old Claudia Fulton, Aylesford; 16-year-old Jenna Jackson, Steam Mill, and 15-year-old Cady Miles, Kentville, are competing with the Nova Scotia Bantam Girls' team at nationals in Bedford Aug. 22 to 26.
Nova Scotia bantam girls earn fifth place finish at nationals
By John DeCoste
Three Kings County players were on the roster for the Nova Scotia U-16 girls’ baseball team that finished fifth at the bantam national championships recently.
Among the team competing in Bedford Aug. 22 to 25 were Jenna Jackson, 16, of Steam Mill; Cady Miles, 15, from Kentville, and Claudia Fulton, 13, from Aylesford.
Nova Scotia finished the round robin portion of the tournament with a 2-4 record and then topped Alberta 13-8 in the fifth-place game.
Team captain Jackson batted .333 for the tournament and caught every game except the last when she went in at third base. She also contributed a couple of innings as a pitcher in one of the games - all while playing with a knee injury that affected both her mobility and her overall performance
She said the experience was “a little different,” during an Aug. 28 interview.
“It was tougher this year because of the format,” which required seven games in four days.
“The competition was good – provinces like Ontario and Quebec are strong every year – and the whole layout of the tournament was tougher.”
It was her fifth time at nationals, but it was still special, she said.
“Every year, we get to play against different girls and have different girls join our team. It’s always new and exciting,” Jackson said. “We had a great bunch of girls this year, and a great skill set.”
She said the team was pleased, but would have liked to place higher than fifth.
“We had won bronze each of the last two years, and we were hoping for a medal, so we were a bit disappointed.”
Jackson has been accustomed to having other Valley girls with her on the provincial team and this year was no exception with Miles and Fulton both on the roster.
Every year, we get to play against different girls and have different girls join our team. It’s always new and exciting. Jenna Jackson
This was Fulton’s first trip to nationals and Miles’ second.
“I would like to play again next year as an overage player if I get the opportunity.” Jackson said, but her immediate future is uncertain due to pending surgery for her knee.
“I reinjured it just before the nationals,” she said. “I was able to play through it, but it made things a little more challenging.”
After six to nine months recovery, she said she is hoping be back to 100 per cent in time for the 2014 baseball season.
Nova Scotia played two round robin games each of the first three days of the tournament.
Aug. 22, they dropped an 8-5 decision to Quebec. Jackson had two hits and scored two runs in the losing effort. In the second game of day one, Nova Scotia was nipped 2-1 by British Columbia to fall to 0-2, but they rebounded on day two to score a pair of wins.
Aug. 23 brought an 8-6 win over unbeaten Ontario, in which Jackson had two more hits. In their second game of the day, Nova Scotia took a 7-2 lead over Alberta after scoring five times in the second inning, then held on for a 7-5 victory to square their record at 2-2. Jackson once again had a pair of hits.
Aug. 24, Nova Scotia had a pair of fairly lopsided losses, 7-1 to Newfoundland and Labrador and 13-2 to Manitoba, to fall to 2-4 and out of medal contention. Nova Scotia managed just two hits against Newfoundland and four against Manitoba.
In the fifth-place game, Nova Scotia finished with 13 runs on 13 hits. Miles had two hits and one run scored; Fulton added one hit, one run scored and two RBI.