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The team that beat the boys


Boy oh boy, these girls are good.

The Boston Slammers, an all-girls baseball team, have already defeated three boys teams in a row in the Boston Mayor’s Baseball Cup. These girls of summer reached the semifinals, playing the top-seeded team.

They play loose and aggressive. They stick together and have a winning attitude.

“They are very, very, good,” says John Burns, first base coach for the Slammers’ opponent, Parkway National. “I didn’t recognize them as girls; they’re ballplayers.”

The Slammers, who now have more than 30 players ages 9-18, are mostly Boston girls, and they all have one thing in common. They all love baseball.

Some are players who have resisted being pushed into softball. Others have languished on youth teams, being the only girl on the team and batting last in the lineup. They said they felt pressure being outnumbered on the boys teams and their confidence suffered.

In the summer of 2015, parents of players in a Jamaica Plain youth league decided it would be a good idea to get the league’s girls together to practice their skills and support each other.

“I just started calling the people who had kids with names that sounded like a girl’s name,” says Karen Zerby Buzzelle, co-coordinator of the Slammers.

They used a local gym from fall to spring and trained hard. They kept getting better and better.

This year, they surprised boys teams that were expecting to dominate...

Read the rest of the article at the Boston Globe

By Stan Grossfield


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