Beacom becomes the 1st pitcher of an Australian professional team

Genevieve Beacom made history as the first pitcher for an Australian professional baseball team.

Beacom, 17, has appeared in all three matches of the Melbourne Challenge Series, which was held after the 2021-22 Australian Baseball League was canceled due to COVID-19.

Beacom signed for the Melbourne Aces earlier this month as a development player. She appeared in Saturday’s game against the Adelaide Giants and did not allow any runs or hits in her one-inning appearance in a game the Aces led and lost 7-1.

“When I got there, I just wanted to stop the slopes. They had some momentum so the goal was just to stop the scoring, ”left-hander Beacom said.

Beacom’s historic night continued a groundbreaking career that included being the first woman to pitch in a Victoria (State) Summer League Division One match and representing Victoria and Australia at the youth.

Beacom praised her family and coaches for supporting her ambition, including current Aces coach and former Major League Baseball pitcher Pete Moylan, as she pursues her dream of playing college baseball in the States. -United.

“If someone is trying to push you into doing something you don’t want to do, pushing you into playing softball or playing a sport that you ‘should be playing’ don’t listen,” Beacom said. “Do whatever you want to do and just know that if you work hard enough you can definitely be successful somewhere, it’s not impossible. It can be done.”

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Naomi C. Amerson