Pamela Davis had a lump in her throat when she trotted to the mound to take her place in baseball history. She left with a scoreless fifth inning, a standing ovation--and the victory.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I can’t even explain the feeling.”
Davis entered the game in the fifth inning for the double-A Jacksonville Suns with the Suns leading the Australian Olympic team, 6-0, at Jacksonville, Fla.
She gave up a leadoff double to Peter Vogler. He advanced on Richard Vagg’s grounder to second.
Then Davis struck out Michael Dunn on a fastball down and away after setting him up with two sliders, and finished off the inning by getting Jason Hewitt to hit a weak grounder on a 3-1 pitch.
After the inning, Davis sprinted to the dugout as the crowd of 1,157 rose and the Suns rushed to the steps to give her high-fives.
Davis, a 5-foot-6, 135-pound right-hander with a fastball approaching 80 mph, was playing as part of an agreement between the Southern League and the Colorado Silver Bullets women’s team.
The Southern League had billed it as the first time a woman has pitched for a sanctioned men’s professional team. But according to the Elias Sports Bureau and Howe Sports Service, other women have pitched in the minors.