The Female Yabo – YABA!
NY Post - Central New Jersey’s Toms River wouldn’t be one of six teams in Bristol, Conn., for the Mid-Atlantic Regional — the last hurdle before Williamsport following district, sectional and state competitions — without Kayla Roncin, its starting first baseman, one of its best hitters, a relief pitcher and spot starter. In the New Jersey state championship game, the 5-foot-8, 12-year-old sensation blasted a two-run homer — eliciting chants of “Girl Power,” “Hit Like a Girl” and “Kay-La Ron-Cin” — and retired the final batter with the bases loaded, clinching a 7-6 victory. The Roncin family has a batting cage in its backyard, and after games, Kayla brings a bucket of 100 balls to her father for extra batting practice. Football Sundays for her father, Ray, are always interrupted by requests for a catch. “I’ll never say no to her,” he said. “It reminds you of the movie ‘Hoosiers,’ one of those kids who is very self-motivated and disciplined.” Ray took Kayla to Williamsport to watch Toms River compete in the Little League World Series in August 2010. She made him a promise. “She turned to me and said, ‘Dad, when I am 12, I will be playing here,’ ” Ray recalled. “I have a great picture of her and I in the stadium. Now four years later, we are climbing the stairs to hopefully reach the top, a spot in Williamsport.” There is, however, a decision looming as Kayla nears adolescence. She knows her baseball career has a shelf life. She began playing softball this spring at her school to get used to her future sport, and the loose plan, according to Ray, is for her to play baseball for one more year. The family, in fact, was looking into a high level fast-pitch travel softball team for her, before this magical run by Toms River. Kayla’s mother, Linda, wasn’t happy to see her daughter off to the side in the spring on the softball field, while the boys — many of whom she plays alongside during the summer — were off playing baseball on the next field. But knowing it may come to an end also has served as an extra source of inspiration, to make the most of the opportunity in front of her. “I get kind of sad sometimes about it but I have to move on,” she said. “This could be my last time around, so I want to do the best I can. I really want to win it all so badly.”
Kayla Roncin…what a hitter. Not since Dottie Henson has there been a girl more deserving of being on the baseball diamond. Fuck softball. She shouldn’t have to change sports. I mean no disrespect to softball players either but if Kayla wants to play baseball and she can rake, then let her play. Now obviously its a little unfair since we all know chicks grow quicker at that age. There’s always one girl in class when you’re in like 5th or 6th grade who’s bigger than all the boys. Thats Kayla. She’s 5’8 and shes probably mashing because shes got some 5 foot 2, 75 pound boys tossing her meatballs all day. But whatever. Let her crush as long as she can. If the boys pass her by eventually then so be it. But don’t make her go play softball when she’s going big fly on the baseball diamond every other at bat.