CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — An all-girl baseball team has been born in Upstate New York.
In April, the Upstate New York Boomers began meeting up and practicing. They started with nine girls and now have 34 players hailing from Baldwinsville, Cicero, Camillus, and Solvay.
If you know your baseball history, then you know about the “Bloomer Girls” — women ballplayers who pioneered the sport.
The Upstate New York team dropped the “l” to focus on those coveted “seat-boomers” (or home runs) every hitter hopes to rack up in their careers.
A West Genesee High School student, who also happens to be a girl, designed the team’s logo.
A former varsity softball player for the Liverpool High School Warriors herself, Boomers co-founder Jackie Domin, says the all-girl baseball team is about having fun.
“This isn’t about boys versus girls. It’s about everyone having a chance to play,” Domin said. “Being comfortable, having fun.”
The Boomers, who are six- to eight-years-old, will take on an all-boy team on Sunday, June 9: The Camillus Orange Crush.
Eleven and 12-year-old Boomers are looking ahead to next month when they take on a girls’ team from Boston for a game in Pittsfield.
After Sunday, Domin says the Boomers are hoping to play more games with other local teams and welcomes invitations for more match-ups.
The team features players of all abilities and between the ages of six and 12.
Since Sunday’s game is for the younger girls, 10-year-old Emma Dickerson says she is looking forward to being a base coach for her fellow Boomers.
“What I enjoy most about our team is that we all know each other [for] the most part and we are nice to each other and we tell each other where the play is and everything on the field,” Dickerson shared.
The Boomers play the Orange Crush at 5:45 p.m. at Shove Park on Sunday.