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8-year-old girl told she shouldn't play baseball goes viral with highlight reel

Ashlynn Jolicoeur, 8, has showed off her baseball skills in a viral video after her father was told by a parent that girls should play softball instead of baseball.
Ashlynn Jolicoeur
A video posted to Twitter proves that Ashlynn can play baseball as well as the boys.Courtesy of Jason Liebregts / Whitby This Week
/ Source: TODAY

An 8-year-old Canadian girl didn't have to say anything when she wanted to prove her point after being told that girls shouldn't play baseball.

Ashlynn Jolicoeur just showed her highlight reel to the world instead.

A video of Ashlynn making diving catches during drills has become a hit with baseball fans, having been viewed more than 4 million times on Twitter.

The video — shot by her mother at Civic Fieldhouse in Oshawa, Canada, earlier this year, per — was posted on the account for Baseball for All, an organization dedicated to empowering girls to play baseball and addressing gender inequality.

"Girls can do anything,'' Ashlynn told CBC Radio on Wednesday.

Ashlynn was awarded the most valuable player award for her performance in a tournament in Canada last year, but it was followed by criticism from a fellow team parent, Baseball for All wrote on Instagram.

"After the game, (a parent on our team) told me that girls shouldn’t be playing baseball and that they should stick to softball,'' her father, Dan Therien, told Baseball for All. "Then, at tryouts, the coach cut her from the team."

That slight only motivated Ashlynn to pursue the sport she loves even harder.

"It was upsetting,'' her father told CBC Radio. "I was upset, but I did not let that bother me too much because I think some people sometimes are a little outdated in their thoughts.''

A second baseman whose favorite all-time players include Roberto Alomar, Kevin Pillar and Freddy Galvis, she has since been invited to BFA's National Girls Baseball Tournament from July 31 through Aug. 4 in Rockford, Illinois.

Baseball runs in the family, as two of her older brothers play for the Ontario Blue Jays amateur baseball program, according to

Ashlynn loves nothing more than proving wrong the people who underestimate her.

She got a thrill last year when she traveled with her family to the Women's Baseball World Cup in Florida and got to meet members of Team Canada, her father told She also met former members of the Rockford Peaches, who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and '50s and inspired the hit movie "A League of Their Own."

Ashlynn also got to hang out on Wednesday with her favorite team, the Toronto Blue Jays, where she met rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before the game.

It was just two young phenoms talking some baseball.

"I don't think it has ever occurred to Ashlynn that some people think that girls can’t do things that boys can do," her father told BFA.