She's California dreamin': One Alaskan baseball player to participate in national program
This weekend, Athena Clendaniel will literally be in a league of her own.
The 13-year-old from Anchorage has loved baseball since she was 5. Now she'll get a chance to shine on a big stage.
Clendaniel will travel to California after being chosen to participate in the annual Trailblazers Series run by Major League Baseball.
It's special because baseball has always been her favorite sport.
"I just love the team atmosphere and being part of a team," she said. "I was really excited because it will really be fun to be playing baseball with a bunch of girls."
This weekend, she will be part of a 100-player group of girls from across North America.
While softball is the competitive game traditionally geared towards girls, baseball's popularity among the females is expanding.
"What we do realize is some girls prefer to play baseball over softball and there's a growing demand in that area," said Elizabeth Penn of Major League Baseball.
And the camaraderie will build, too.
"I think it's really important for other girls to be playing with other girls so that we know we are not alone. We can play with each other."
They'll receive instruction, along with girls 11 to 13, from top female players and coaches.
Sunday they'll top it off by being recognized in an on-field pre-game ceremony at Dodger Stadium.
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