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