A Coquitlam baseball player will soon represent Canada on the biggest stage of the women's game — at only 17 years old.
Sarah Pengelly is one of 20 athletes who will wear the maple leaf this month for the group 'A' round-robin stage of the Women's Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont.
It's the first time Pengelly has been called up to the senior squad and follows her silver medal performance with B.C. at the Canadian women's national championships.
Born in Burnaby, she's currently a right-handed pitcher for the Coquitlam Reds in the BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL).
She leads the men's team with 10 starts, is third with 52.2 innings pitched and five wins, fourth with 33 strikeouts and is one of only three Reds hurlers to record a save this past season.
Prior to the promotion, Pengelly was a member of Coquitlam Little League, which has a 2019 national title.
The Women's Baseball World Cup group 'A' stage takes place from Aug. 8 to 13.
Canada, the third-ranked nation at the tournament, will begin play on Aug. 8 against Mexico, followed by matches with the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Pengelly is listed as a pitcher and outfielder for Canada, and is one of five women from B.C. on the roster.
The top two countries from the group stage will advance to the 2024 finals event organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).
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