USABaseball.com: News: Women’s National Team Trials Roster Announced:
This year, the trials’ final, featuring games played among a 40-player roster, takes place at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, home of the Waves NCAA Division 1 Baseball team, who performed well into the 2014 Super Regional Finals.
Pepperdine University is 24.1 miles, from Los Angeles International Airport. Taking varied traffic conditions into account, it takes more than 25 minutes to travel the distance.
Recently, Justine Siegal, Founder and leader of Baseball for All, was interviewed, featured on the Queen Latifah daily variety show, focused on the recent unheard-of success of a 10-year-and-under (10U) all-girls baseball team which participated in an otherwise [almost entirely] all-boy tournament, in Chino Hills, California.
Chino Hills is 64.8 miles east of Malibu.
The Major League Baseball (MLB) Urban Youth Academy, in Compton, California, recently featured a tournament consisting of girls and women from ages 7-22, , also, sponsored by Baseball for All, in the first National tournament featuring girls in quite some time.
The event in Compton, California, was historic: it was the first event featuring girls playing competitive baseball in the MLB-sponsored facility: while, throughout the calendar year, boys have a distinct set of programs and competitive play opportunities available to them at the Urban Youth Academy, girls are officially separated into a softball program.
Compton is 40.3 miles southeast of Malibu.
Recently, in Encino, California, when a PONY affiliate, Mid Vally Youth Baseball, promoted their new, all-girl baseball league, Mid Valley Youth Baseball, the sincere effort caught the attention of girls baseball specialist, Justine Siegal, to help grow this effort, for the upcoming season and beyond.
Encino is 26.2 miles northeast of Malibu.
Encino Franklin Fields, the home of Mid Valley Youth Baseball, was the featured site for the second rendition of Bad News Bears, masterfully-originated by Richard Linklater, staring Billy Bob Thornton and his co-star, Sammy Kraft Kane, in a reprise role, originated by Tatum O’Neal, Amanda Whurlizer.
Among the players competing for a spot on the Women’s National Team (WNT), Jade Gortarez, who is a starting and relief pitcher with the Riverside, California, Notre Dame High School, otherwise-all-boy varsity baseball team, is held in great esteeme along with Marti Sementelli, among the historic figures among girls and women who pitch over-hand, a hard baseball.
Riverside is about 85 miles, a straight line along California’s Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) 1, due east of Malibu.
With immense respect and admiration for Marti Sementelli, who, until the Spring season of her Junior year at Montreat College, Black Mountain, North Carolina, an NAIA affiliate, was an admired pitcher on the squad of otherwise-all-men, her continued involvement and competitive grit, playing among women-only, in tournaments in the USA; historically, on the WNT, internationally, has set the bar for all girls and women pitching, today.
The most historic, modern, coed baseball game, involving two young women pitchers, Marti Sementelli and Ghazaleh Sailors, took place during the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) regular season, at Birmingham High School – Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, California.
Lake Balboa is 20+ miles northeast of Malibu.
Ghazaleh Sailors, a former member of the USA Baseball WNT, is the only current woman playing baseball in the USA at the collegiate level, as Marti Sementelli is no longer playing baseball at Montreat College.
The distance from University of Maine, Presque Island, to Malibu, is 3,285.5 miles.
However, Ghazaleh Sailors’ home town is Santa Barbara, California, which is 66.6 miles from Malibu, directly west, along the PCH.
Also, Ghazaleh Sailors is a member of the [Alameda, California] Seals Baseball Club, which is an affiliate of the Far West League Summer Baseball organization, which recently competed in a nationally-significant tournament in Santa Barbara, California.
It would be logical to conclude Ghazaleh Sailors is the only woman playing baseball in the Far West or any other men’s collegiate summer league in the USA.