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No Laughing Matter : Silver Bullets Show They Can Brawl With the Guys

From Associated Press

Kim Braatz-Voisard held her temper in check. Even after she was hit by a pitch, the Colorado Silver Bullet outfielder stayed calm. Then the pitcher laughed at her, and she lost it--prompting an all-out brawl.

“If they were playing with guys, the same thing would have happened,” teammate Tamara Ivie said. “We just didn’t want to say, ‘Well, we’re girls . . . .’ ”

It was inevitable.

After four years of trying to show that they can play baseball just like the men, the Silver Bullets women’s team showed they can brawl like them too.

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The bench-clearing melee came Wednesday night in Albany as Colorado trailed, 10-6, with two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning against the Americus Travelers, the state champions in the Georgia Recreation and Parks 18-and-under league.

“Their catcher was mouthing off the whole game,” Braatz-Voisard said Friday. “After the second pitch in the last inning, I turned to him and told him to be quiet and play the game.

“The very next pitch hit me. I thought it was pretty obvious what had happened,” she said. “I was angry and frustrated and stepped to walk toward first base. I looked at the pitcher [Greg Dominy] and he started laughing at me. That’s when I lost it.”

As she headed for the mound, players from both team weren’t far behind.

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“It’s not something we wanted to do, it was something that happened,” Ivie said. “If you compare it to the major leagues, when a player gets hit, it’s like almost an everyday thing. It doesn’t get blown out of proportion.”


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