officials felt a young ball player deserved recognition at last weekend. Ariel Hansen is the first girl in Branford Little League history to hit an-over-the-fence home run! She was called out to the pitcher's mound on the main field in front of her peers and was presented with a plaque by Little League president Mike Kmietek, in honor of her athletic feat.
On May 14, Hansen, age 13, connected with a pitch to make Little League history. Kmietek said, Hansen's hit was not a fluke; just prior to the historic moment, she almost did the same, but the ball was caught before it left the park. Hansen said she knew the ball was going over the instant she made connection.
Playing for the Majors, Hansen has been playing in Branford Little League since she stated with A ball at age five. Aside from baseball, Hansen also plays softball, basketball and is entering a teen beauty pageant next year. Surrounded by proud family members her mother said one of her favorite passtimes is reading.
After the award ceremony, she had to attend a game in another field. After a few innings of observation, it became clear that Hansen is a key member of her team, playing second base. Not only is she athletic, she is an integral participant in team morale; cheering-on her team mates and leading many of the rally calls.
Congratulations to a smart, athletic, all-around pleasant girl. Good luck Ariel!
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