Playing ball with the best

Jordan Earl, 13, will be playing baseball at the provincial level for the first time.

Heroes: Salmon Arm’s Jordan Earl with Blue Jays Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar at the Blue Jays Camp girls’ day in Vancouver June 28.

Heroes: Salmon Arm’s Jordan Earl with Blue Jays Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar at the Blue Jays Camp girls’ day in Vancouver June 28.

One Salmon Arm athlete will be upping her game this summer.

Jordan Earl, 13, will be playing baseball at the provincial level for the first time.

After playing peewee ball with the boys in Salmon Arm, Earl made two rosters in the Girls B.C. Selects Program for the B.C. Minor Summer Season running from late June to early August, based out of the Lower Mainland.

She will be playing for the Okanagan Halos the majority of the season, commuting three times a week to practise with the Okanagan’s only all-girls team in Kelowna.

She also made the provincial select pewee team and will compete at the Western Canada PeeWee Girls Baseball Championships in Medicine Hat on Aug. 9 to 11.

Earl was selected after trying out at a skills development camp in Kelowna.

The 13-year-old just spent the July long weekend at a tournament in Vancouver with the Halos. The team competed against AA all-boys teams in an effort to prepare for provincials. She will play with the Halos again in Burnaby July 19 to 20.

Earl also participated in the Blue Jays Girls Day camp on June 28 at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver.

The three-hour instructional clinic was one of three girls’ day camps held by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy in partnership with Baseball Canada for girls six to 16. The clinic focused on baseball fundamentals with Blue Jays alumni players.

This is Earl’s fourth year playing baseball. She says she is lucky to get the opportunity to train with different coaches, mentors and other players across B.C.

“One of my coaches, she’s the pitcher on Team Canada,” Earl says. “That’s pretty lucky to have her as my coach.”

The practices are much different than what she is used to, she adds.

Earl hopes to play on the B.C. team again next year.

“Everyone has their sport or something that they love doing and this is what I love doing.”