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Second game of the 2017 CCBA National Baseball Championships between Acadia Axemen and Carleton Ravens in Fredericton, N.B.
In a historic night for baseball at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park Claire Eccles, a UBC softball player and left-handed baseball pitcher from Surrey, BC, pitched the entire 8th and 9th innings for the Victoria Harbourcats of the West Coast League in a 9-0 loss to the Wenatchee Applesox. Eccles became the first woman to ever play a game in the West Coast League, one of the top collegiate summer leagues in North America. In her two innings, Eccles gave up 2 earned runs, 1 hit, walked 1 batter, and hit another batter with a pitch. Below is a transcription of Eccles post game scrum with reporters. Reporter: How many knuckle balls did you throw? Claire Eccles: “I think about six, seven or eight knuckleballs. Most of them worked, so that’s good.” Reporter: It was a pretty good outing. You have to be proud of yourself. Claire Eccles: “I wish I didn’t walk anyone. I wish I didn’t hit anyone, but yeah.” Reporter: Are you happy that your first outing is out of the way now? Claire Eccles: “Yeah, definitely. I just wanted to play actually. There was a lot of media beforehand. I just wanted to go out and show I could compete.” Quote from Victoria Harbourcats Manager Brian McRae: “I just looked at it as another player out there doing their job, it just happened to be a woman on the mound. Over the course of a game you bring someone in, they pitch and try to get outs. I think being able to get in and perform in this situation is going to make her better for the next time she takes the mound. I don’t think she’ll need to be nervous anymore. I think she found out the plate is the same distance from the mound as it always is.”
GCU Baseball hosts Texas Christian University on February 16th at 6pm at GCU's Brazell Field. The pregame show begins at 5:30pm.
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Opening game of the 2017 CCBA National Baseball Championships between Concordia and McGill in Fredericton, N.B.