She's Ready to Play Baseball:

a blog of women's baseball. Yes, baseball.

Lairderg

Lairderg
Location
Turnersville, New Jersey, United States
Birthday
June 26
Bio
Yes, that's me, ringing up a little mojo for my Fightin' Phils during the 2008 World Series. I grew up, in 1950s and 60s suburbia, with the heart of a frontierswoman. I grew up a Catholic with the heart of a seeker of the Divine Feminine. I grew up a girl and a woman, when being either "just wasn't good enough," with the heart of a warrior priestess of a warrior goddess. My favorite television shows are (from the mid 90s) Profiler, (from the early 21st Century) Witchblade, and (now) Saving Grace, so you know where my mind still is. I was a journalist before big advertising bullies started owning the media and quit (after a long, loud battle) when I saw what they were doing. I was the oldest, and the most eccentric, of seven children in an Irish American family. I married, divorced, and now have a significant other. I am a "budding" herbalist, a mother of four avians (My poor Keenan died recently.), a guerilla gardener, an adjunct professor of pre-composition college writing, a poet, a fiction writer, a creative non-fiction writer, a feature writer, and now a player and a blogger of women's baseball.

Cami J. Kidder, an independent filmmaker, covered the World Cup of Women's Baseball in Venezuela this past summer, and is attempting to gather funds for her project, titled Throw Like A Girl. She was the only representative of US media filming the event. Along with footage from the 201… Read full post »

Phoenix Cup 2011 

Hong Kong Allies take silver, while the International Earth Stars walked away wearing the bronze

Japan's Far East Bloomers moved through its tournament competitors with ease, winning all six of its games -- including the championship game -- scoring 78 runs while only allowing… Read full post »

Phoenix Cup 2011 

Japan's opponents score only two runs in three games

After Friday's defeat of the iTeam of Hong Kong, 12-1, the Far East Bloomers quickly rose to the top in Saturday action.

The Japanese women blanked the quick-starting Taipei Vanguard of Taiwan, 10-0, with a six-run first inn… Read full post »

Phoenix Cup 2011 

International Earth Stars split two while Hong Kong Allies and Taipei Vanguard dominate on opening day

The International Earth Stars, which include players from the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, split its first two games in the initial round of women's baseb… Read full post »

Life's Labor Gone

Yesterday, a former newspaper colleague, my friend of more than 20 years, and my partner of 15 years, Benjamin Meritt, lost his job of 22 years with the Hammonton News in southern New Jersey. His layoff, along with fellow HN staffers Nanette Galloway and Max Levine, became part/… Read full post »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/media/ 

That's it!

I'm done with this bullshit!

We have lost our freedom of speech; we have lost our right to express ourselves just because we need to work. We have lost voices because they are too poor or too loud or hit us in the face with the truth, as… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 3:46PM

We the Employers: Fire the Party of NO!

We The People 3 

I recently perused the first part of the United States Constitution to see if I could work it into my lesson plans for my college classes Sept. 17. Then I saw something anew.  It's something so many of us, as natural citizens, take for grante… Read full post »

USA's Sementelli earns second bronze medal win; Marston with 16 hits, .571 average, in 2010 World Cup play

Team USA won its fourth medal in four World Cups Sunday after a 15-5 victory over Venezuela. Sherman Oaks, CA, resident Marti Sementelli pitched all six innings in the mercy-rule-short… Read full post »

Marston holds Canadians to one run, goes 5-for-5 in second-round contest

Team USA moved into the second round of the Fourth Women's World Cup of Baseball with a 10-1 win over Canada at Jose Perez Stadium in Maracay, Venezuela. The win give the US a 4-1 record in tournament play; Canada's… Read full post »

Sementelli pitches complete game shutout; Underwood hits third US homerun of the day 

Martina Semetelli pitched a gem in Venezuela Sunday evening, throwing a four-hit shutout and complete game against Cuba in Maracay’s Aviacion Stadium. The final score was 5-0, lifting the US women toRead full post »

Oakland's  Tamara Holmes first Team USA woman to go yard twice, with  homerun and  slam in 21-0 win

The brief suspension of play on the late Friday games as well as all of Saturday's contests did little to subdue the spirits of Team USA looking to get back on the winning track… Read full post »

'Stray bullet' wounds player during Hong Kong matchup with Netherlands

An unidentified player for Team Hong Kong in the Women's World Cup of Baseball was injured after being shot in the leg with a stray bullet during her team's game against Team Netherlands in Jose A. Casanova Stadium, Caracas, Frida… Read full post »

Team USA’s Sementelli suffers first loss in World Cup action           

Team Japan handed the USA women their first loss of the Fourth World Cup of Women’s Baseball during the event’s opening hours Thursday in Jose Perez CRead full post »

 Jenny Dalton-Hill (Courtesy Arizona Wildcats website) 

Former Arizona Wildcat Jenny Dalton-Hall, shown here during her University of Arizona years when she was part of three national softball championship teams, will join 17 other women from the nation to compete in the Fourth World Cup of Women's Baseball in Venezuela startRead full post »

I recently bought a lot of bumper stickers for my old 1994 Ford Escort. Of course, I couldn't fit them all on the back, so I decided to be selective, then tape a few, changing them every so often, inside the back windows.

However, I thought of the bumper stickers, then… Read full post »

18 will be picked to represent USA at fourth World Cup of Women's Baseball to be played in Venezuela.

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Marti Sementelli, shown here throwing out ceremonial first pitch at Dodgers Stadium July 7, 2010, will vie with 31 others to make the 18-player Team USA roster.Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2010 12:45PM

This week in (women's) baseball II

Yoshida pitches 4 innings in second start with Outlaws 

Eri Yoshida 

This photo taken when Eri Yoshida was pitching for the Japanese men's team.

Eri Yoshida, dubbed "The Knuckle Princess" and called "cute" in a recent news story, started her second game with the Chico Outlaws Saturday, June 12.… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2010 4:22PM

This week in (women's) baseball

 

As I watched a nailbiter Championship Game at the Fifth Annual Diamond Classic hosted by the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference in Joe Cannon Stadium, Maryland, I pondered the current state of women in the National Pastime. The good news, the bad.

Tiffany Brooks, who had been signed temporari… Read full post »

She's On First by Barbara Gregorich 

If I could put my finger on the exact time and place when a nugget of belief that women could play baseball first revealed itself in my psyche, it was about the seventh inning, Tuesday, June 16, 1998. I sat in my season seats, practically the only one there, huddledRead full post »

USA Baseball has scheduled several preliminary women's baseball tryouts in June and July this year.  Locations include Phoenix, New London (Conn.), Orlando, Cary (NC), Chicago, and San Francisco. From these various locations, select women ballplayers will be invited to Cary, North Carolina, wher… Read full post »

 

March 27, 2009 AP File photo of Eri Yoshida pitching in Japan 

(Above, March 27, 2009, AP file photo of Eri Yoshida pitching in Japan)

Eri Yoshida, who started her professional baseball career in Japan, has been signed to play for the Chico Outlaws of the 10-team Golden Baseball League, which has teams in Arizona, California, and Canada… Read full post »

The fourth biennial International Baseball Federation Women's World Cup of Baseball will be hosted by Venezuela from August 12 to 22. A specific venue has yet to be named.

Twelve teams are expected to be invited to the tournament. Along with the four teams considered women's baseball "powerhouses," t… Read full post »

It's happened!!!

Tiffany Brooks, a right-handed relief pitcher and infielder from Spokane, Washington, has signed a contract to play for the Big Bend Cowboys of Alpine, Texas. The Cowboys are part of the Continental League, which also includes the Desert Valley Mountain Lions and the W… Read full post »

 

HONG KONG—A medal at the 2010 Phoenix Cup Women’s Baseball tournament proved elusive for the North American Liberty Belles and their teammates, the high school baseball team Shenzhen Long Zhu from China. The combined team’s 0-5-1 record tied for last place with the NineVics,Read full post »