Montana Abel

Softball was a new experience and a worthwhile one this season for Montana Abel, 10, who lives in Shawnigan Lake and just completed Grade 5 at Discovery Elementary School.

The South Cowichan Youth Softball Association provided her with the perfect opportunity to try out the game.

“She usually dances and so this is her first year trying a sport,’’ said Montana’s mom Katrina Abel.

“She’s just come a really long way. She had no experience catching or hitting. She’s really loved it. It’s been a great team and it’s a great league.’’

“I’ve always wanted to play a sport and I love baseball so I picked softball,’’ said Montana, who played on the Mason’s Intermediate team that couldn’t win any games until it counted most in the playoffs.

“We just wanted to win,’’ she said.

“It was fun. I learned lots. Now, I know all the rules, unlike in the beginning.’’

The immensely improved team caught everyone by surprise but the players worked at it.

“The team has a lot of heart,’’ said Katrina.

Montana did her part at second base and in the outfield.

“Nobody thought we’d get this far or win even,’’ she said.

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