Pitcher Claire Eccles made history in May becoming the first woman to play in Canada’s West Coast League, an 11-team summer development league, and on Wednesday she finally took the mound for the Victoria HarbourCats.
Eccles pitched two innings for her team, and was called in at the bottom of the seventh when the ‘Cats were down 7-0 to the Wenatchee Applesox. Although the HarbourCats fell 9-0 to the Applesox Eccles came on for her team and only gave up two runs, a walk and a single hit.
The 19-year-old left-handed pitcher has previously played two seasons of softball for the University of British Columbia and is one of the best pitchers for Baseball Canada women’s national team.
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“I just wanted to play,” Eccles said in an interview with The Daily Hive. “There was a lot of media beforehand. I just wanted to go out and show I could compete.”