Saturday, August 16, 2014

Feature - Girls in the Little League World Series

Photo Courtesy of Little league Baseball
Canada's Emma March
(WOLnews Photo by John Green)
In 1974, the Little League Federal Charter was amended, and girls started playing Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® was founded.
As Little League celebrates the 40th Anniversary of girls in Little League, it’s fitting that two girls were on two teams that have advanced to the 68th Little League Baseball® World Series.With Mo’ne Davis on the Mid-Atlantic Region team and Emma March on the Canada Region, there will be 18 girls who have played in the Little League Baseball World Series.
The latest was Eliska Stejskalova, who played in the 2013 World Series for the Europe and Africa Region Champions from South Moravia Little League from Brno, Czech Republic. The first was in 1984, Victoria Roche who played for Brussels, Belgium. In 1994, Krissy Wendell played for Brooklyn Center, Minn. Krissy went on to be the captain of the US Women’s Hockey Olympic team. She was enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence in 2004.

Mid-Atlantic's Mo'ne Davis
(WOLnews Photo by John Green)
Two girls have played in the same would series twice, in 2004 and 2009, and the last time a girl from an American team played in the series was in 2004.
And, should Emma March and Mo’ne Davis pitch in this year’s World Series, which both are expected to hit the mound, they will be the fourth and fifth female pitchers in World Series history.
Here are the 18 girls who have competed in the Little League Baseball World Series:
1984: Victoria Roche – Brussels Little League, Brussels, Belgium (World Series Record: 1-2)
1989: Victoria Brucker – Eastview Little League, San Pedro, Calif. (World Series Record: 1-2)*
1990: Kelly Craig – Trail Little League, Trail, British Columbia, Canada (World Series Record: 1-1)*
1991: Giselle Hardy – Arabian American Little League, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (World Series Record: 0-3)
1994: Krissy Wendell – Brooklyn Center (Minn.) American League (World Series Record: 1-2)
1998: Sayaka Tsushima – Kashima Little League, Osaka, Japan (World Series Record: 3-2, Runners-Up)
1999: Alicia Hunolt – Ramstein Little League, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany (World Series Record: 0-3)
2001: Tatiana Maltseva – Khovrino Little League, Moscow, Russia (World Series Record: 0-3)
2002: Sanoe Aina – Waipio Little League, Waipahu, Hawaii (World Series Record: 2-1)
2003: Merced Flores – Central Little League, Agana, Guam (World Series Record: 0-3)
2004: Meghan Sims – Owensboro (Ky.) Southern Little League (World Series Record: 1-2)*
2004: Alexandra Bellini – East Nepean Little League, Ottawa, Canada (World Series Record: 1-2)
2008: Brielle Meno – Southern Guam Little League, Yona, Guam (World Series Record: 1-2)
2009: Katie Reyes – Hastings Community Little League, Vancouver, British Columbia (World Series Record: 1-2)
2009: Bryn Stonehouse – Arabian American Little League, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (World Series Record: 1-2)
2013: Eliska Stejsklova – South Moravia Little League, Czech Republic (World Series Record: 1-2)
2014: Emma March – South Vancouver Little League, Vancouver, British Columbia*
2014: Mo’ne Davis – Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League, Philadelphia, Pa.*