The 20th July 2019 was an historic day for baseball in the UK, when 22 female players from 12 different clubs from every corner of the UK took part in the first ever Women’s Baseball Championship Game, and the Weston Jets were proud to play a small part of this historic occasion, hosting the game at our home ground, Robson Field in Weston-super-Mare.
The event was the brainchild of Doris Hocking, the founder of WB-UK (Women’s Baseball UK) and thanks to her vision and tireless hard work, history was made in Somerset, when the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, Mark Canniford threw the ceremonial pitch to Neale Raleigh, South West Baseball’s Development Officer to get the historic event under way.
The Championship witnessed some tremendous action spread across two games. Kelly Wright, Laura Bailes, Holly Barker, Tsz Yan Chan and Jessie-Mae Ryan were just a few of the players who shined throughout the day. There was loads of exciting play to witness, many stolen bases, a wonderful home run by Kate Winfield and even a broken bat by Adela Koubova!
Team Red defeated Team Yellow 14-8 to win Game 1, while Team Yellow triumphed in a tight Game 2, winning 19-6, to tie the Championship. The prize pennant was awarded to both teams and will be donated to the planned Women’s Baseball Hall of Fame, in Rockford, Illinois, USA (Home of the Rockford Peaches of the 1940’s and 50’s, stars of the hit Hollywood film, “A League of Their Own”, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna).
Individual Awards for the day were chosen by Weston Jet’s Daniel Kirby-James:
Best Hit: Kate Winfield (University of Nottingham Softball & Baseball Club).
Best Catch: Amanda Taylor (London Mets Baseball & Softball Club).
Best Pitcher: Oona Yilen (Guildford Baseball & Softball Club).
MVP: Rebecca Lim (Durham University Baseball & Newcastle Knighthawks Baseball Club).
Congratulations to everyone involved in an amazing and historic day…roll on next year!!