Fourteen old from St. Thomas named to team Ontario for girls baseball tournament
September 7, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Five years ago Cassidy Broderick was active in basketball, soccer and dance.
One evening at a friend's home, Broderick started hitting some baseballs off of a tee.
From never touching a baseball, a love for the game suddenly consumed Broderick, who joined the St. Thomas Cardinals in the summer of 2018, helping the local minor baseball team, coached by Jed Doan, win a provincial title.
Jump ahead to this summer, only four years into her career, the 14-year old was named to Team Ontario, for the Canadian 16U girls baseball championships, in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, August 25-28.
"It was an awesome experience, even though we didn't have the outcome we hoped for," said Broderick, who plays center field and pitches. "Made lots of friendships with other provinces."
Ontario finished fifth of 11 teams, defeating Nova Scotia ans Newfoundland/Labrador and losing to B.C., Alberta and Quebec, the eventual Canadian champions.
"A few highlights were making a diving catch and hitting a triple (against Nova Scotia)," said Broderick, who was an Ontario flag bearer during the opening ceremonies.
In her best game against Nova Scotia, Broderick went two-for-three, took a walk and scored three runs.
Broderick also won't forget batting a line drive ball that hit her teammate standing on third base in the ribs.
The team also went golfing, a first for all of the players.
The daughter of Laurie and John and younger sister to Allie and Brooklyn, attended a baseball camp two years ago and while there caught the attention of Team Ontario coaches.
She was invited to team Ontario tryouts, the first one she remembers well.
"I was really scared," admits Broderick, "but then I was talking with everyone, making small talk and then I knew I wasn't the only one nervous."
Her speed in the outfield and on the base paths, her fielding ability and being able to hit well, are attributes the coaches noticed about Broderick.
"I was excited," said Broderick, who received a call from the head coach of Team Ontario, while at a Cardinals game, in late July. Adding prior to attending the tournament, "I'm excited, but I'm scared at the same time. There'll be a lot of people watching from different provinces."
Playing at Canadians will likely shoot to the top of Broderick's career highlights.
Although one memorable moment remains from her first season on the diamond.
In the London and District League 2018 semifinals, Broderick delivered a walk-off single to send the Cardinals to the final.
Broderick played the 2022 season, with the 13U London Badgers, under coach Dan Leonardes. The Badgers won a tournament at Kitchener, played in another tournament south of the border and advanced to the semifinals, at their provincial championship.
Now Broderick follows in her sisters' footsteps, starting Grade nine at Parkside Collegiate.
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