Mia Valcke will chalk up some air miles playing baseball, not softball, in the month of August, as the Stratford Sutton Group MInor Bantam shortstop is heading to Vancouver, BC on the roster with the Team Ontario Women’s ‘B’ team for the National Women’s Senior Baseball championship, followed by joining the provincial 16-U squad headed for Saguenay, Quebec for the Bantam Nationals.
“My coaches, DJ Deline, Stu Tessmer, Bill Matetich and Connor Rankin,” and my teammates in Stratford have really pushed me and helped me improve,” said the Jeanne Sauve grad heading to St. Mike’s.
“There are 10 thousand girls playing baseball in our country, but we all have to play on boys teams. I’m lucky that St. Marys Minor Ball and the Western Ontario Baseball Association (WOBA) granted me permission to play for Stratford in the Inter-County League because it gets me playing more than twice as many games, and against top Triple-A calibre boys from this area.
“For sure, that is the biggest reason I was able to make these female provincial teams.”
Valcke, who has also played a full summer of beach volleyball with partners Olivia Giovinazzo and Abbey Thorup, will be a role player in Vancouver with the Senior women, but is hoping for a starting assignment in Saguenay, likely a combination of second base and catching.