by Steven Sandor
Westlock is an hour north of Edmonton, a prairie town with a long baseball history. But registrations are down, and there are only enough kids in town to fill one team. So Mo Montpetit's team is entered into the Baseball Alberta AA league. All the kids registered will be playing rep ball. No tryouts needed.
Mo's dad is a baseball legend in Westlock. And that's Mo's problem. Mo isn't very good. He can't hit a rep-level fastball. And as the season starts, the strikeouts and errors mount. The Westlock team loses game after game. How can these kids, not ready for rep ball, compete in a league well above their heads? And how can Mo step out of his dad's long shadow?
About the Author
STEVEN SANDOR is an award-winning magazine editor, author and sports broadcaster. He edits Avenue Magazine in Edmonton. He has written the five Lorimer Sports Stories novels Called Up, Stick Pick, Trolled, Replay, and Playing for Keeps, and the teen novels Crack Coach and Spin Out. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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