All-girls youth baseball club, the Philadelphia Liberty, proves they can compete with the boys

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Grace Murray, 12, started playing baseball with her father when she was 4 years old. But now that she’s older, she’s found that there are few opportunities for her to play the sport she loves – until now.

With the help of her father, Ryan, she started her own girls’ baseball club in Bucks County. The Philadelphia Liberty was created in 2019 for girls under the age of 12 to compete in the sport they love.

The team travels across the country to compete in tournaments. And since there are far more boys’ teams than girls, that means their competition is usually boys.

“We don’t think about playing with boys’ teams. We just pretend it’s every other team out there and we only play to win,” said her teammate Greta Knierim.

“I think it’s really amazing that they get a lot of attention from a lot of parents with their daughters and see what’s possible. They don’t see themselves as a girls baseball team. They’re just playing a sport they love,” she told Ryan Murray, the club’s founder and manager.

The team started with help from Baseball For All, a nonprofit organization that aims to give girls the opportunity to play baseball by organizing teams, tournaments, and resources.

The Liberty will participate in girls’ baseball tournaments on Labor Day and other tournaments throughout the fall.

For more information about Liberty, visit their Facebook page.

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