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Steff Smith ’21 Selected for MLB Grit Invitational

This inaugural high school invitational, designed specifically for girls who play baseball and scheduled during Women’s History Month, offered a special opportunity for these young high school baseball players to play a game in a Major League ballpark – Globe Life Park, the home of the Texas Rangers – in addition to being a part of a premier development experience.

The roster of participants featured high school baseball players from 21 states, Washington D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico, including players who competed with Team USA, Canada and Puerto Rico in the Women’s Baseball World Cup in August 2018, and some of the nation’s top female baseball figures, including players and coaches from the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, and former Major League players served as team coaches.

Smith is one of 12 Baseball for All captains from across the nation selected to be role models and help promote the sport of baseball for girls.

She said that even with more girls playing the sport many people still think that girls don’t belong in baseball. “Having the opportunity to travel and meet girls through Baseball for All affirmed that I could play ball, that I shouldn’t be doubted, and that I should not doubt myself,” she said. “I want to help set the example that a girl can be successful in this sport because the more you see older girls and women playing baseball, the less you question your desire to play.”


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