DC Girls Baseball has been getting a lot of attention lately - read about it below!
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.
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.”
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."
WASHINGTON POST: TRANSGENDER COACH OF ALL-GIRLS BASEBALL TEAM KNOWS ABOUT BREAKING GENDER BARRIERS
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.”
KOJO NNAMDI SHOW: D.C. GIRLS PLAY BASEBALL ON A TEAM 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.