Beth goes in to bat and puts girl power on the world stage

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

A dozen bud­ding base­ball play­ers are head­ing to the worlds next week – and this year there’s a girl in their midst.

The New Zealand Un­der-13s are com­pet­ing in the Asia-Pa­cific Mid­dle East re­gion­als of the Lit­tle League Base­ball World Se­ries from June 30 to July 6 in the Philip­pines.

And Beth Tay­lor Reid will rel­ish the mo­ment. She is the only girl in the team and is ex­cited at the prospect of play­ing on the world stage.

The Cen­tral City Base­ball young­ster says she is used to com­pet­ing against boys as the only fe­male at the club.

‘‘This is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to show girl power and that girls can do any­thing,’’ she says.

The win­ners of the Asia-Pa­cific Mid­dle East re­gion com­pe­ti­tion will go on to com­pete in the world se­ries fi­nal in Penn­syl­va­nia in Au­gust.

But to get there, the New Zealand team will have to take the ti­tle in tem­per­a­tures above 35 de­grees Cel­sius.

To get them ready for the heat, coach Cola Yeh has or­gan­ised a week-long train­ing camp in Tai­wan where they will get to train with the team from Chi­nese Taipei. The team flew out on June 22.

Dur­ing the Philip­pines tour­na­ment, a ‘‘sis­ter school’’ will sup­port the New Zealand team at games.

The Kiwi play­ers are tak­ing school sup­plies and first aid gear to leave with the school when the tour­na­ment is over.

The team will also be do­nat­ing their base­ball gear to the school and giv­ing them 10 per cent of the money they have raised dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Go to givealit­tle.co.nz/org/ kym­mee to read more or do­nate.

Fly­ing solo: Cen­tral City Base­ball’s Beth Tay­lor Reid is the only girl com­pet­ing for New Zealand in the Lit­tle League Base­ball World Se­ries this month.

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