I’m a class of 2019 high school RHP, and I started playing little league when I was nine. My three younger brothers have always played too, and I never really considered softball. All four of us playing at the same place was easier for my family logistically. I was terrible, probably the second or third worse on every team I played on. I don’t know why I stuck with it haha. I started pitching when I was fourteen and I really found my place on the diamond. I’ve never been good at hitting since I don’t have much power, but I’m smart and my pitches have a lot of movement, so I’ve been successful on the mound. Last time I was clocked, it was about a year ago, and I topped out at 74mph (as a sophomore- it’s decent I guess). My changeup is great though, and my curve is good too, to make up for lack in velo. Also been working on a slider. I’m the only girl as far as I know to ever play for my high school. There was a girl, Marti Sementelli, who pitched for a high school in my league about 10 years ago, but I don’t know of any other girls living particularly close to me that also play.
I’ve played for this organization a few times, Baseball For All. They’re dedicated to making sure women have equal opportunities in baseball. Like, a high school coach for a public school has to at least allow a girl to tryout for the team, since there’s no female equivalent to baseball at any high school. Most people don’t know that. When I say I play baseball for my school, people quickly assume softball haha. I played in Rockford, Illinois, and in Seoul, South Korea, on all-girl’s travel teams, against other girls’ baseball teams. It was very cool to meet other girls that also play with dudes. For many of us, we’d never actually met another girl that played baseball. I know that they have a 12U team, the Sparks, that has played in Cooperstown, and kicked the boys’ teams butts
I got really lucky. I know a lot of girls who had a terrible time playing, or trying to play, high school ball- usually their teammates or coaches that didn’t accept them. Lucky for me, my coaches and teammates are great. The head coach of our program told me at the beginning of my sophomore year that I should probably switch to softball for my junior year. It pissed me off, which was good cause I worked twice as hard to prove myself to him. A few months later, I’d added 8+ mph on my fastball, thanks to A LOT of long toss, and the coach took back what he said, admitted that he was wrong. I have a good relationship with my teammates; a group of six or so of us do everything together. They’re my best friends. This summer, on one of the rare occasions that I actually played a position (2B) and got to hit, I got beaned the pitch after a mound meeting haha. My coach was pretty angry, he obviously thought it was on purpose. I don’t know if it was on purpose or not, but I definitely wore it well! The pitcher’s teammates were teasing him about that.
I’m happy, and very appreciative, for the opportunities I’ve had in baseball. I hope to play college baseball, but I don’t know if that will be possible. I know that if I do play, it’s going to be tough trying to fit in, but I’ll deal with that as it comes I guess. Junior year season starts in about two months, and if my senior year is the end of the road for me, that’s okay, I’ve loved every second of baseball and it’s shaped me into the person I am today.