May 15, 1999 |
UC Irvine, a university known more for its quirky nickname than its athletic teams, turned to its students to try to change that. They voted this week to raise student fees, which will bring back baseball, add two women's sports and breath financial life back into existing Anteater programs. Students voted for a $33 fee hike per quarter, beginning in the fall of 2000, which will put the athletic department on even better footing than it was before the 1992 budget crunch decimated its programs.
June 1, 1997 |
History will remember this night. Ila Borders would rather forget it. Borders became the first woman to pitch in a regular-season game Saturday night, when she came in during the sixth inning of the St. Paul Saints' Northern League game against the Sioux Falls Canaries. But she struggled from the outset, facing three batters and giving up three earned runs without getting an out. The Canaries went on to win, 11-1.
April 29, 1997 |
The best-hitting high school catcher in the county may not be male. Jenny Topping, a junior at La Habra High, has wowed softball players, coaches and spectators for three seasons with her powerful swing, strong arm and overall athletic excellence. She leads the county in average (.592), though opponents pitch to her only when they have to. Last year, Topping hit .588 with seven home runs and and a county-leading 42 runs batted in.
March 24, 1996 |
You might spot her one row up from the Angels dugout at Anaheim Stadium, or in a box seat next to the Padres dugout at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. You might spot her chatting with scouts behind home plate at Arizona Fall League games or at Cactus League spring training contests. You also might spot her at recreational baseball fields around Arizona, Nevada and California, suited up in a baseball cap and jersey, cheering on women playing amateur hardball.
July 1, 1994 |
Baseball no longer is the forbidden fruit for female athletes. Three former Cal State Northridge All-Americans gave it their all at an open tryout Sunday for the Colorado Silver Bullets, the nation's only women's professional baseball team. Priscilla Rouse was a member of two NCAA Division II national championship softball teams at CSUN. Tamara Ivie and Shannon Jones played in the NCAA Division I college softball World Series twice with the Matadors, who moved up to that level four years ago.
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May 9, 1994 |
It had been 39 years since Sylvia (Tommy) Thomas played her last game. On a recent day at the ball field, with her 50-year-old leather baseball glove on her left hand, the 76-year-old Thomas was eager to play ball again. "I love the game!" a jubilant Thomas said as she took batting practice and caught fly balls. For Thomas, of Laguna Hills, playing baseball is still in her blood.