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DC Girls Baseball has been getting a lot of attention lately - read about it below!

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Brittany Apgar loves baseball. Not softball. Baseball.

"I love the competition and the challenge," she says. "Baseball is not just a physical game. It's a mental game too. You have to have a good memory, but if you make a mistake, you have to be able to forget about it and move on to the next inning."

Apgar, 15, was one of the nearly 300 girls, ages 9-18, who converged on Rockford, Illinois, last summer for four days of spirited competition. 


9/11/18 Lenny Letter: Play Like a Girl

The Boston Slammers’ own “Craig Kimbrel” — the Red Sox pitcher with a fastball that tops out at 101 miles per hour — stands on a pitcher’s mound in a local park. The player’s real name is Elise Berger, a stoic athlete with a long, lean build and a face dotted with freckles, the nickname born from a fastball of her own. Her team is playing in the Boston Mayor’s Cup, the biggest youth-baseball tournament in the city, and every one of her pitches blows by the South Boston team’s batters.

8/21/18 WTOP: National champion DC Force spreading gospel of girls baseball

PURCELLVILLE, Va. — Did you know that the Women’s Baseball World Cup starts this week? Did you know that the Women’s Baseball World Cup existed before reading that last sentence?

Baseball will return to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, but only for men. There will be softball for women. But all across the country, including here in D.C., the next generation is looking to change that, to get more girls and women involved in not just appreciating, but playing our national pastime.


7/17/18 All Heels on Deck: The Power of DC Girls Baseball

Three Octobers ago, as Major League Baseball was rolling through its postseason, five girls from Washington, DC got together and entered a baseball tournament in Georgia. They had to supplement their squad with a few siblings (including some eager little brothers) and a few players from other teams once they arrived, but that was okay with them.

7/13/18 WAshington Blade: Trans coach boosting visibility for girls’ baseball

Ava Benach signed up her daughter Paloma to play little league baseball when she was five years old. At the time, she made the erroneous assumption that eventually, Paloma would have to switch to softball.

Ava and her wife Mona did sign Paloma up for softball at age 9. Paloma was having none of it. The next year, Paloma participated in an all-girls baseball team sponsored by Baseball for All that won a national tournament in Chino Hills, Calif. It was a boy’s tournament and they were the only girls team.

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6/24/18 MASN Sports: MASN brings the booth to DC Girls Baseball

Today we’re in Lafayette Park down in northwestern DC and we’re going to check out the DC Force all girls baseball team. They are headed to Rockford, IL for the national championship. Last season the 13U team, they won the national title. It’s going to be exciting to talk to these girls, see their workout today and see what actually inspires them to play baseball. Not softball, baseball. 

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6/6/18 Library of Congress: Coming Soon - BAseball Americana Exhibit Featuring DC Force

Americans had been playing baseball long before they agreed on the rules or even settled on how to spell it. They didn't always call it baseball either—in some places it was known simply as "town ball" or, more generically, "round ball." No matter what form it has taken, baseball—and its close fraternal twin, softball—has endured. But it hasn't stayed the same in anyone's lifetime. 


The phrase “throw like a girl” has long been hurled at boys as an insult, and used to demean them and insinuate that they were less than the other boys. In the 2014 Little League World Series, pitcher Mo’ne Davis took the world by storm, showing them exactly what a girl could do, and earning the first win for a girl in Little League World Series history.

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8/9/17 YAHOO! SPORTS: All-girls baseball teams find a future of their own at national tournament

ROCKFORD, Ill. — It was 6:30 p.m., but the sun was still hot and bright. A crowd had gathered at Rockford’s Beyer Stadium, waiting for something to start as familiar baseball diamond dust swirled in the air.

A sudden cheer rose up from the far side of the field and the parade began.

Holding team banners and homemade signs with slogans like “GIRL POWER,” 200 baseball-playing girls began marching around the field, trodding on the baselines of history.

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The defiant girls who refuse to play softball instead of baseball, and why they rock

Move over, boys of summer.

The girls are here.

And thanks, but no thanks. They’re not interested in softball. They’re baseball players.

“I watched a middle school softball game once, and it was just so slow,” said Tess Usher, 11, who plays first base for D.C. Force, the all-girls baseball team that just killed it at a national tournament. “I love playing baseball. That’s not going to change.”

7/31/17 CBS News: Baseball For All: Largest all-female baseball tournament in U.S. history

At Beyer Stadium, in Rockford, Illinois, sports history is being made. Two hundred girls, aged 7 to 17, have come here for the largest girls-only baseball tournament in U.S. history, reports CBS News' Jericka Duncan.

Seventeen teams from the U.S. and Canada traveled to Rockford to play on a field that holds a special place in the history of women's baseball: the home of the Rockford Peaches, the all-female professional team made famous by the movie "A League of Their Own."


Local girls who want to play baseball have long been able to participate in D.C.’s little league teams. But while many young girls have signed up to play on co-ed teams, many of them don’t stick with the sport the way boys do in puberty and through high school. A new team just for girls provides a safe space for them to work on their skills, beat the boys and envision a future as players. Kojo sits down with the coach of DC Force and two players from the team.



The four baseball players sprinting between first and second base were covered in red dirt and sweat. Even their ponytails were damp and sticky.

“Look, girls, it’s important you’re giving 100 percent,” said Coach Ava Benach, who at 6-foot-3 towered over the young athletes. “You don’t turn your head to look at what others are doing. You just go.”