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BASEBALL: Girls face off… as starting pitchers

BASEBALL: Girls face off… as starting pitchers

Ghazaleh Sailors, left,  and Marti Sementelli faced off in the first United States high school baseball game featuring female pitchers on Saturday, March 5.

Sementelli is a veteran USA women’s national team pitcher and considered one of the best female pitchers in the world. She led Team USA to consecutive Bronze Medals in the 2008 and 2010 Women’s World Cup events.

Sailors was a new-comer to the United States women’s national team in 2010. Both Sailors and Sementelli were teammates on the women’s national team in the 2010 Women’s World Cup in Venezuela.

Sementelli pitched a masterful complete game, the best of her short high school career. Birmingham won 6-1, but this wasn’t about a nonleague high school baseball game. It was about gender and competition and what’s possible.

Sementelli already was recognized as one of the best female pitchers in the world. She earned the reputation through her work for USA Baseball, which — contrary to common knowledge — has a women’s team and won bronze medals in both Japan and Venezuela in world tournaments.  click here to read more…

photos courtesy of American Women’s Baseball Federation

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