The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 08/9/2018 7:23 AM
When it comes to girls’ baseball in Manitoba, the Culleton name has played a prominent role in recent years on the various provincial teams.
And that is once again the case this year as the father-daughter duo of Jeremy and Caitlin Culleton from Vassar are part of the Team Manitoba squad that is competing in the Baseball Canada 21U Women’s Championships which begin today and run through Sunday (Aug. 9-12) at Stonewall.
Jeremy Culleton is the head coach of the team while Caitlin, 18, is both a catcher and infielder.
This is the second year running that Stonewall has hosted these national championships. Last year Manitoba finished last in the five-team field with an 0-4 record but Jeremy Culleton feels the team should be more competitive this year and is confident they can improve on their standing this time around.
Manitoba has their work cut out for them right off the hop as they face the defending champions from Ontario at 9:00 a.m. this morning. Then later today, after the opening ceremonies at 6:00 p.m., they will take to the field against Saskatchewan at 7:00 p.m.
Team Manitoba will go up against Quebec Friday at 3:00 p.m. and then will close out their round robin Saturday at 12 noon versus Nova Scotia. The top four teams advance to the semi-finals. The championship game is slated for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Caitlin Culleton has been a top player for several years with both the Team Manitoba girls’ teams as well as with the Carillon regional boys’ teams. In addition to competing in this national 21U championship last year at Stonewall, she also won a bronze medal with Team Manitoba at the 16U national championships one year ago at Vaughn, Ontario.
Just graduated from high school at Warroad, MN, where she was also a standout softball player, she has awarded a four-year softball scholarship to attend Concordia College at Moorhead, MN, where she will also be studying medicine.
As a dual Canadian – U.S. citizen, she was also invited earlier this summer to attend a U.S. National Women’s Softball camp at Raleigh, North Carolina, where she was one of the youngest competitors out of more than 100 players attending the camp.
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