From November 19 to 22nd the top women's baseball players from the United States and several international players gathered for the inaugural Women's Baseball Classic in Sarasota. The beatiful Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles was the spot to see fantastic baseball action and players who love the game.
The event was made possible thanks to generous sponsors including Presenting sponsor Rainbow Sandals and Legacy Sponsor Wrigley Media and many dedicated volunteers. The event was organized by American Girls Baseball (AGB) a subsidiary non-profit of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association(AAGPBL-PA).
Four teams competed, each representing one of the original AAGPBL 1943 teams. In addition to the fantastic players, they were joined on the field by an all female umpireing crew.
On day one the Peaches won a tight game in extra innings 6 - 5 over the Blue Sox. The second game featured back and forth lead changes with the Comets coming out ahead in 12 -11.
On day two, two five inning games were fit into the tight window allowed by the weather. In the first game the Comets beat the Blue Sox 4 - 2. In the second game the Peaches shut out the Belles 2 - 0.
Day three had great weather for baseball and once the fields dried out the Belles beat the Blue Sox in a close one 5 - 4. Then in a championship game preview, the Peaches outlasted the Comets.
Tuesday was a great day for a Championship game. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Misdee Wrigley Miller, who's grandfather founded the AAGPBL. The Comets took an early one run lead in the top of the second, but the Peaches came back with two in the bottom of the 6th and held on to claim the Championship.