(July 26, 2002)
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Local Women To Try
Out For Team USA Baseball
PAWTUCKET, RI (July 26, 2002) The
Women's Baseball League (WBL) is conducting tryouts for its Team USA on
August 8, 2002 at the historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY.
Thirteen local women - Renee Astphan and Shannon Troiano of Attleboro;
Melissa Jarvis and Michelle Morin of Cumberland; Sheri Lineberger of
Foxboro; Sherri Roy of North Providence; Melissa Bettencourt, Julie
Cardin, Kristen Dupre, Sarah Feeley, Kristen Schnetzler and Bree Smith
of Pawtucket; and Darreth Doyon of Warwick - will set out along with
coaches Deb Bettencourt and Paul Doyon in hopes of landing spots on Team
All have been members of the Pawtucket
Slaterettes for the majority of their lives. Some even have children
that are currently in the organization. The Pawtucket Slaterettes is the
only organized BASEBALL league in the country that caters solely to
girls and women. The organization recently drew national attention when
the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) decided to sanction girls' baseball as
a sport and looked towards the Slaterettes to be its model. Deb
Bettencourt is also the Director of Girls Baseball for the WBL.
"It's an amazing opportunity for
these girls to be able to play on this field where so many of baseball's
greats have made appearances," says Bettencourt. "It's not
about whether or not they make the team. It's the fact that they have
the chance to try that makes it so special.
"Team USA will compete in the
Women's World Series this September 2-8 and will then have the
opportunity to play in the International Women's Championships in
Australia this December.
Information on the Slaterettes league
can be found at www.slaterettes.orgTryout information is posted on the
WBL's website at www.baseballglory.com or by contacting WBL president,
Justine Warren at (416) 788-4535.
[Source: Deb Bettencourt,
Corresponding Secretary, Pawtucket Slaterettes Girls' & Women's
Baseball, League17, Norman Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860email:
SlaterettesAlum@aol.com, (401) 724-5189]