It was a hectic baseball season filled with success for Zoe Falardeau.
The 16-year-old Welland native earned a pair of national baseball medals playing for Team Ontario in both the U21 and U16 girls divisions.
The Grade 11 student at Franco Niagara helped Team Ontario capture gold at the U21 championships in St. John’s, NFLD where she was the youngest member of the team, scored the game-winning run in the gold medal game and was named Most Valuable Player versus both Quebec and Saskatchewan.
“The gold was really exciting,” said Falardeau, who batted .467 with an on-base percentage of .636 and also earned a save on the mound in one of her two pitching performances.
Falardeau, who played both second base and shortstop, enjoyed the level of competition.
“It was really competitive. It’s obvious Ontario and Quebec are always the top two and sometimes BC as well so we knew that heading into it we had a good chance with the team we had.”
Falardeau also earned a silver at the U16 championships in Summerside, PEI where she picked up a pair of wins on the mound and also played in the middle infield.
As well, she suited up the Women’s National Championship in Halifax where she was the youngest member of the team.
“We placed fifth. It wasn’t our best weekend,” she said. “It’s the first tournament we didn’t get gold in five years.”