Allison Shunamon may be the youngest girl suiting up for the North River Gators under-21 fastpitch team, but she proved that age is nothing but a number at nationals this month.
Shunamon, a Mount Uniacke resident who has been travelling to Truro to play ball for the past six years, recorded the highest batting average of all the Gators when the team hosted the Canadian Under-21 Women’s Fastpitch Championships from Aug. 1-5.
The 17-year-old Avon View High School student recalls feeling uncharacteristically nervous as she took her usual position at third base in the Gators’ first game of the tournament.
“When you’re the host team you have so much more nerves because… you’re playing around people you know and you want to help your community.”
As it turned out, nerves only made her more effective in the field — and in the batter’s box. In the team’s only win of the tournament, Shunamon cracked two balls past her opponents to send three Gators home.
“We played hard,” she said.
Ultimately, the same Ontario-based team that eliminated the Gators from the championship round took home the gold, while North River — coached by John Shipley, Mike Peters, Terry Ferguson and Michael Ladoucer — went home with a 1-5 round robin record, and bronze medals around their necks.
Shunamon says she is happy with the results and eager to get another crack at a national title in the near future.
“I just love it.”