Exciting things are happening in the world of Girls and Women's Baseball! The first annual Ruth Hartman Memorial Girls Baseball Festival, sponsored by the International Women's Baseball Center, took place mid-June at the beautiful Big Vision Sports Complex in Leesport, Pennsylvania. Justine Siegal, the first woman to coach a major league team during the Arizona Fall League, became the first woman to manage a professional baseball team, the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association - and she led the team to victory two nights in a row! Two women, Stacy Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore, signed contracts to play with the Sonoma Stompers of the Pacific League and made their debuts this past weekend to great acclaim. In just a few weeks, 250 girls ranging in age from 6 years old to 16 will be playing at Baseball For All's Nationals tournament in San Francisco under the watchful eye of Justine Siegal, with Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich of the All American Girls providing veteran support and bench coaching duties. Overseas, the Aussie Hearts acquired meaningful corporate sponsorship for their program that will enable them to reach out to more and more girls who love baseball and want to play, coach, and umpire. Back here in the USA, In just a couple of months, "Pitch," the story of the first woman major leaguer, will debut on network television, and by all indications from its trailer and attendant buzz, the show looks to be quite promising. The universe of girls and women's baseball is rapidly expanding, and the possibilities are thrilling!