Girls play hardball at national tournament in S.F. At tryouts for Roosevelt Middle School’s team, she weathered the stares of confused spectators. The games last six innings, or 1 hour and 45 minutes, whichever comes first. The Bay Sox are sponsored by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. More than 100,000 girls participate in youth baseball teams in the United States, yet only 1,000 continue to play in high school, said Justine Siegal, founder and director of the tournament. Siegal cracked the glass ceiling after being hired by the Oakland A’s to work in the instructional league in 2015, becoming the first female coach in Major League Baseball. “If you tell a girl she can’t play baseball, what else will she think she can’t do?” Siegal said Tuesday, watching a game at the Moscone Rec Center. On a dusty baseball field surrounded by chain-link fences, Isabel’s team warmed up Tuesday afternoon for a game against the Washington, D.C., Force. Isabel, her thick brown hair loose under a baseball cap, ran to the outfield. By the bottom of the second inning, the Bay Sox were leading 6-2. From the dugout, a few girls watched the game intently, crunching on dill pickles and sunflower seeds, and popping Big League Chew bubblegum. The team’s coach, Alex Oglesby, a health and wellness consultant, crouched, hands on her knees, waiting for the next play. A former catcher, she frequently jokes that other teams didn’t realize her gender until she peeled off her mask. With a crack, the next batter sent the ball sailing.
Michael Fishman, an assistant general manager overseeing one of baseball’s largest analytics staffs, will have a prominent voice in the team’s retooling.