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A Winnipeg mom on life without the joys of baseball

A Winnipeg mom on life without the joys of baseball: Tracy Turner has always been passionate about softball. She played the game right through to her early 30s and now coaches her teenage daughter’s team, while her teenage son is an ump for younger children. With physical distancing, baseball rules are likely to change she says, but she thinks softball players will be out on dusty ball diamonds once again this year.

The angst of baseball deprivation

L to R: Baseball coach Tracy Turner and her daughter Leah Bunio, catcher for the Winnipeg Lightning Under-14 team. (Zachary Peters)

We call baseball players "the boys of summer," even though many girls play the game and are equally passionate about it. There are hundreds of girls' and women's softball leagues across the country, but during the pandemic no one is playing organized sports of any kind.

Tracy Turner of Winnipeg is feeling the angst of baseball deprivation. From the time she was a young girl, her father was a high-level competitive softball player. And she played herself right through to her early 30s.

Now her daughter Leah and son Matthew are into the game. Tracy coaches her daughter's U-14 team – that's under-14 – called the Winnipeg Lightning. And Matthew is an ump for the U-10s.

That's in normal times. Now ball diamonds across Canada are sitting dusty and deserted.

Click on "Listen" above to hear Tracy Turner, with her view from the edge of COVID-19.

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