Cobleskill, New York – For the first time in campus history, The State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill hosted the world’s best female baseball players on Friday, July 10, 2015, for the opening game of the Cooperstown Women’s Baseball Classic.
The USA Baseball Women’s National Team, the second highest ranked women’s team in the world and qualifiers for the Pan-American Games, won 8-4 against Japan’s Madonna Stars, a top ranked women’s team consisting of players from Japan’s Women’s National Team, professional players from Japan Women’s Baseball League, and university and club team players, during an adrenaline-charged initial series game at the college’s Crittenden Athletic Field.
“We got the proposal, and we thought this could be an exciting event, especially because it’s the top two teams,” Hiroko Yamada, Madonna team translator and administrator said in a pre-game interview on Friday. “The U.S. is always our best friend, but also our best rival. It’s a special team to play for us.”
A friendly scrimmage series between two leading teams in international female baseball, the Cooperstown Women’s Baseball Classic continued its final three games of the series at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York. At the close of the weekend, the set was split with two wins each for the American and Japanese teams. Prior to heading to Cooperstown, the USA team provided a unique opportunity to local players of all ages on Saturday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m., as boys and girls were invited to join America’s top female baseball players on the field for inspiration, batting, field drills, autographs and photos with the players.
Established to spotlight the outstanding talents of young women in the sport of baseball, and generate awareness for USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport that selects and trains key baseball players – SUNY Cobleskill was honored to commence this exciting moment in women’s baseball history.
“The driving factors were to showcase female athletics and, in particular, female baseball,” said Brett Rudy, Event Coordinator for Charity Hop Sports Marketing who helped organize the weekend.
Featured image: USA Women’s National Baseball team players. Photo courtesy of Cooperstown’s Women’s Baseball Classic.
Inset photos taken by SUNY Cobleskill Photographer Mohamed Saeed.