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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Sports May Kokorho TribuneIG Expanding baseballs Borders Major League dream is alive LOS ANGELES AP Ila Bor ders has dreamed of pitching in the major leagues since she was Now she believes more than ever that she can turn that fantasy into Pact if she ever signs a tract and pitches in the minor much less the shed be the first woman to play in a professional baseball It doesnt really matter if youre a woman out said about to complete her freshman year at Southern Cali fornia College in nearby Costa If youre an alien and can get people somebody will sign Ive always had people telling me I now people are saying I Its up to me right and thats whats On the lefthanded Bor ders became the first woman to pitch a college game against and was an immediate She pitched a fivehit complete game as Southern California Col lege beat that was her high water but her coach has deemed her freshman year a suc With the season nearly Borders has a 24 record with a She has started seven games and appeared twice in allowing 48 hits and 25 16 of them in 49 13 innings of She has walked 16 and struck out A great year Certainly But as a freshman pitching at the var sity Borders did a decent at the very Shes competed very said Charlie coach of the NAIA Shes got potential to go Youve got to shes a If we can get some upper body strength on get her fastball a little do a few other eventually she might have a chance to Anything can She could go out tomorrow and the elbow is depends if someones willing to give her a chance like we gave her a Phillips said Being you dont have to throw as If youre in the 80s at all and you have good which she and you can throw the breaking ball when youre behind in the which she you always have a chance to play Borders began pitching at age and began taking it seriously at 10 said her She started in a minor division Ha Borders watches a game from the dugout with Southern California College coach Charlie Phillips and two teammates of Little League in La about 20 miles east of Los Ange and was moved up to me major division shortly Usually the major division is for 11and Phil Borders She was the only girl in the major She was phenom in Little By the time she was she had thrown several In one she struck out all 18 batters she Borders knew he had something so he began preparing his daughter the oldest of four dren as best he I put her in a semipro league when she was to toughen up her he She knows I put her in that league to toughen her up and play with quality play Taking verbal you couldnt oother her with It really doesnt faze Theres nothing anybody can call her she already hasnt heard 100 What do I do when Ive heard it I get out of the stands so I dont hear Nobody would like sitting there hearing their daughter called names when she was 14 years It Borders marveled at his daugh ters I gave her an arm exercise pro gram when she was real young so she would gain arm strength and not hurt her he In high she would do it in the shed do it at and then she would do it at night before she would go to I happened to wake up at 3 oclock one she had set her alarm to get up and do I didnt make her do She started talking about play ing professionally at age had a lot of people telling me shed quit when she got high heels Shes still doing Borders believes his daughters potential as a professional proba bly will be determined in the com ing I it has a lot to do with how much arm strength she can develop in the next he As for her being intelligent and knowing howto she defi nitely knows how to Id like to see her develop the sinker a lit tle Ila Borders This Im taking she Im just going to work on developing arm strength I have the control hitting my Im going to work on devel oping more strength by doing long lifting little weights and doing isometrics so I can gain not My goal is to gain 5 miles per hour on my fastball from right now to From high school to Ive gained five Every gun says but the consensus is right around 80 Thats what Im work ing Ila Borders said shes not out to break ground for women in pro fessional baseball the way Jackie Robinson opened the sport for blacks in 1947 with the Brooklyn Thats something I want to stay away she I just want to be a baseball If I can help girls out who are out there for the right that would be an honor to do But only if theyre out there for the right Jackie Robinson is one of my He was a great he II OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT 1521 East North Indiana GASOLINE ALLEY Thanks to our Sales have been Therefore ore overstocked on used equipment Come Make on No reasonable offer refused Start our Take a test drive THE STARTING LINE UP John Deere 172 Cub Cadet 109 JD214 Ariens16hp Toro Troy bilt JD316 Cub Cadet 282 Craftsman 14hp Wheel Horse 14hp Grazer 16hp Van mar 24hp Miss Aids Chalmers 916 Simplicity 7119 Troybilt tillers JD Commercial Walk Behind Mower Much More 1521 North 4577182 May 12 13 14 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