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Young Women Give Their Best At Phillies’ Ball Girl Tryouts

(Ball girl applicants show their fielding skills during Phillies tryouts.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

(Ball girl applicants show their fielding skills during Phillies tryouts. Credit: Michelle Durham)

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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today was tryout day for  women who aspire to be a Phillies ball girl.

These ladies are considered ambassadors of the baseball organization and need to be skilled in handling themselves at charitable events as well as on the field at Citizens Bank Park.

They were tested on  fielding and batting, and much more, according to Michele DeVicaris, manager of  community and charity events for the Phillies, who is in charge of the tryouts.

“We’re also going to have them do an on-camera interview so we can see how they handle themselves on TV and radio — how they think on the fly,” she tells KYW Newsradio.

DeVicaris says the interview is crucial because 90 percent of the ball girls’ work is representing the Phillies at charitable events.

Mackenzie Kramer,  in her second year as a ball girl, agrees.

“What people think is that we are on the field, catch foul balls, and talk to the fans,” she says.  “But that is only about 10 percent of what we do.”

Jessica Henry (below right) hopes to be a ball girl.

“I have been playing this sport since I was five and just always loved the Phillies,” Henry said today.

Applicants also had to answer a Phillies quiz.

“Right now I’m in the right state of mind and I’m just trying to make the team,” said  Tyanna Hudson (below left), who would also love to be a ball girl.

(Phillies ball girl hopefuls.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

(Phillies ball girl hopefuls Tyanna Hudson, left, and Jessica Henry. Credit: Michelle Durham)

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