By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Spring training may be months away for the Phillies, but at Citizens Bank Park the batting cages and practice turf got plenty of use today:  it was tryouts for the Phillies ballgirls.

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Dozens of candidates showed off their on-field skills and their off-field personalities.

“I have loved baseball since I was a little girl,” said Amandah Povilitus, a fitness instructor and sixth-grade teacher.  “My dad was my coach growing up.  I’ve played since I was able to hold a bat.”

Erin Quence, who plays for West Chester University, had quite a throwing arm.

“You’re out there with eyes that are on all of the players,” she says.  And a play could come your way.

“Exactly — you have got to be ready and on your feet!”

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Michele DeVicaris, the Phillies’ manager of community and charity events, says only about ten percent of what Phillies’ ballgirls do includes picking up foul balls during a game.

“The majority of the ballgirl position is off the field,” she explains.  “They are the Phillies’ community ambassadors.”

That appeals to Ashley Alden, a St. Joseph’s University senior.  “I’m more excited about the community service,” she said today.  But how cool would it be snagging a ball in foul territory?

“That would be awesome!   I would love that,” she admits.


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