Showing up the boys

Today B.C., tomorrow, who knows.

That's the attitude of 16-year-old Kensi Renneberg, who re-wrote the history books in B.C. baseball over the weekend.

The Kelowna baseball player became the first female to register a win at the 18 and under AAA midget level.

Renneberg, who has been playing baseball most of her life, went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out two and walking one, as her Kelowna Sun Devils beat the South Fraser Giants 7-4.

"It was really cool to find out. It was a nice surprise," said Renneberg, who didn't know she had made history until Monday morning when her coach posted the information on the team's Facebook page.

"My dad confirmed it through Baseball BC."

Renneberg has pitched her whole life and credits dad Derek for getting her to where she is now.

"My dad used to be a pitcher, and he's been my pitching coach my entire life. He's he main reason I am where I am."

Renneberg has aspirations of playing baseball beyond the local midget level.

The opportunities, she said, are out there.

"There are four or five girls I have talked to who have played Division III, or NAIA men's college baseball in the States," said Renneberg.

"There is also a pro baseball league in Australia. There's lots of women's leagues in Japan and China."

After graduating high school next year, she said she would like to play Division III men's college baseball in Maine at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

And, after that, professionally in Australia.

As for professional baseball in North America, Renneberg said, why not.

It's something she has thought about.

"I know back in the '90s there was a woman that was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. I know it is always a possibility. The amount that I have improved since last year, and become more confident on the field, I keep telling myself, why not?"

The female drafted by the White Sox was Carey Schueler, daughter of then White Sox general manager, Ron Schueler.

"If I keep improving this much, if I keep working this hard and dedicating as much time as I do, who says I couldn't go and play minor baseball? Who says there can't be a woman in the majors, whether it's me or somebody else?"


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