Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

A Team of Their Own: Girls team takes down baseball tournament full of boys

Eleven girls from eight different states met up in Southern California over Memorial Day Weekend to share their common love: baseball. The girls participated in just one practice before entering the USSSA Baseball Boys 10 & Under AA tournament. It took a little while for them to get their feet underneath them as they dropped three of their first four contests before winning back-to-back games to earn a spot in the tournament finals.

With everything on the line, the Baseball for All girls scored 18 runs in three innings to mercy rule a team from Brea, Calif., securing the national title in their age group. According to WESH.com:

"We lost the first two games. Then we started getting mad. Then we started to bring our A game," [infielder] Grace [DeVinney] said.This team was the only girls team in the tournament, and, [team manager Justine] Siegal believes, the first 10-and-under girls team to compete in a boys' baseball tournament. 

Baseball for All is a non-profit focused on providing opportunities for girls in baseball, and it looks like they succeeded with this one. The organization has also gotten some press coverage lately thanks to team alumna and high school knuckleball phenom Chelsea Baker, who's lighting it up down in Florida this season.