2003-08-01 / Sports

McKenna Breaks Baseball Barrier, Earns Honors

By Tommy Hallissey
McKenna Breaks Baseball Barrier, Earns Honors By Tommy Hallissey


Megan McKenna slaps a hit in a game earlier this season. Photo by Denis Macrae.Megan McKenna slaps a hit in a game earlier this season. Photo by Denis Macrae.

This season in the Jamaica Bay Little league, Megan McKenna broke the gender barrier this year being the only girl to play in the all-boys baseball league.

Playing primarily shortstop McKenna not only held her own playing against the boys, but also earned a trip to the All-Star game. The 14-year-old McKenna grew up playing baseball with her father and brother. "I always played baseball with my Dad," said McKenna. This season when Mr. McKenna was signing up his son for baseball he signed up his daughter, as well.

"At first all the guys didn’t think I was that good," said McKenna. "I had to prove myself." McKenna, an avid softball player, took quickly to baseball. "It was intimidating with all the boys, but then you get a hit," said McKenna.

Though there are many similarities between baseball and softball, McKenna noticed a few simple differences. "We don’t do cheers and stuff," said McKenna. Coincidentally, The Daly’s DeMarco Dodgers wore purple jerseys this season. "The boys didn’t like it but I thought it was cool," said McKenna.

Next year McKenna will attend Midwood High School, where she plans to play Softball and Basketball.


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