Genevieve Beacom Makes History as the First Woman to Pitch for a Modern Professional Team

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Genevieve Beacom Makes History as the First Woman to Pitch for a Modern Professional Team

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Earlier this week, we talked about how 17-year-old lefty Genevieve Beacom officially signed with the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League, which is the top league in Australia, and has seen a number of big leaguers go for a tour. That, alone, was a very cool story: the first woman ever to be on a modern professional baseball team.

And now the story has the real capper: Beacom made her first appearance in a professional game, which puts that history down in the books. She threw a scoreless inning, and showed off her fastball-curveball mix:

Beacom, a star on the U16 circuit in Australia, is getting the chance to pitch at the highest level not because she’s a woman and she’s making history – she’s just good:

Melbourne Aces Head Coach Pete Moylan says he is thrilled to have Genevieve as part of the Aces Pitching Roster, “ I have watched this young lady develop as a baseballer from her junior days, including playing for Victoria and Australia, and doing more than holding her own against the top baseballers in the Country and from around the world. If anyone thinks this is just a token selection, then they need to think again because she has 100% earned her spot on the development list with the Melbourne Aces.”

At only 17, you wonder if a good showing in the ABL could help lead to an affiliated opportunity down the road. For now, though, her focus is on getting an opportunity to play college ball in the United States next year. If she can hold her own in the ABL, even in short outings, it’s hard to imagine there wouldn’t be a college out there willing to bring her in. I would love to see it.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.