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Even at fourteen, Valerie Gonzales could be considered something of a veteran in her sport. Having spent almost a decade playing pitcher, catcher, first base, shortstop – indeed, every position on the diamond – she knows a thing or two about how to contribute to a team.
That’s why Valerie wasn’t the least bit shaken when, as a freshman at Canyon High School, she decided to attend a tryout.
“It just felt like a regular tryout – like I’ve always been trying out,” she says. “It didn’t feel any different…”
Carlon, at age 7, and Castillo, at 6, were the only girls on the South Parkland youth baseball team. They warmed up together. They sat on the bench together. And, they protected each other from the boys.
Both were pretty good players.
“We were tomboys and we loved baseball,” Castillo said, giggling at the memories. “After our practices or games we’d see each other an hour later at our brother’s practices or games. Now, Kelsey’s a part of our family and I’m a part of hers. She’s at our house or I’m at hers every day. Literally every day.”
They continued to play baseball until they reached sixth grade. But by that time, Castillo said, they’d become too old to compete on the boys teams. They wanted to play a sport in the spring and summer.
Softball seemed like the logical option.
“We weren’t going to play softball,” said Castillo, still with a defiant tone. “We thought of that as the girls’ version of baseball…”
via El/bk – Morning Call.