SarahMC pointed me to a piece on Shakesville about 13-year-old Canadian Katie Reyes, a player on Vancouver’s team at the Little League World Series. Reyes became the first girl in tournament history to hit a game-winning RBI, and you can find video of the go-ahead hit here.
As terrific as it is that Reyes made history, it’s disappointing that she represents half of the total number of girls playing at the LLWS this year; the other one is Bryn Stonehouse of Saudi Arabia. And this is the first time that there have been two girls in the tournament since 2004. I’ve already mentioned my childhood dreams of playing pro baseball, so I’m really impressed by Reyes’ accomplishment, given that she’s playing baseball with the boys just as I always dreamed of doing. Still, the LLWS always features sixteen teams, and there have never been more than two girls per year? More than a little disappointing. I hope Reyes goes on to achieve her dreams, whether or not they relate to baseball, and that little girls who hear about her might follow in her footsteps and work towards achieving a better sense of parity for us girls (and women) who love the game.