All Girls Baseball Team Compete in Cooperstown

By Adam Chick

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM EDT

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A group of girls who'd rather play baseball than softball got their chance this week.

The Cooperstown All Star Village is hosting baseball tournaments all summer.

This summer, one of the teams participating was comprised entirely of girls for the first time ever.

"Whenever I go to start pitching they're always like, Oh it's a girl. Easy plays. It's easy to get a hit let's go. And it's always the best feeling when you strike out the first person and they're like wait what? What's happened?" said player Shannon Crawford.

The Chicago Pioneers sometimes can't find a tournament to play in. But once they hit the field, watch out.

"Any notion that they can't play is pretty much wiped out usually about the first inning," said Coach Greg Stegeman.

Most of these girls grew up playing baseball and most have tried softball, but for them, there's no comparison.

"Baseball is a lot more competitive with a different gender and things like that. It's a lot more intimidating and it's a lot more fun." said player Anna Perona.

"In girls softball it was kind of like primarily cheering where I was. And there's still cheering here. We cheer for each other and everything. But they take it more seriously," said player Tori Gallegos.

At the end of the day, these girls want to be seen as baseball players, not as girls who play baseball.

But that doesn't mean they don't thoroughly enjoy beating the boys.

"They get beat, and they're like, oh shoot, we just lost to girls, and that's fun. But then they end up respecting you more," said Crawford.

This week the Pioneers won four games, but their manager thought they should have won six.

They advanced to the second round of the tournament where they were eliminated by another team from Illinois.

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