Meanwhile, just over the mountains in North Carolina

The baseball coach at Montreat College feels the heat over recruiting a female pitcher.  I see a Lifetime movie in the works.  From Tyler Norris Goode, writing in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Rare baseball scholarship offer yields uncommon reaction for Montreat College
Montreat College baseball coach Michael Bender expected some publicity when he offered a small athletic scholarship to a female pitcher.

He didn't anticipate a frenzy.

Even though right-handed pitcher Marti Sementelli hasn't signed a letter of intent to play for the Cavaliers, Bender said the story was mentioned on the bottom ticker of CNN before he spoke to anyone at the network.

“I think the media probably got hold of this before they should have,” said Bender, Montreat's second-year coach. “I'm not trying to skirt away from this because I have given her this opportunity, and I knew that some of this would come with it. It's hard because I didn't really want to be known around Asheville for this; I kind of wanted to be known around Asheville for playing pretty good baseball.”

Instead, Bender said he's received unpleasant emails from Montreat alumni as well as current players threatening to transfer because he extended a collegiate opportunity to a female pitcher from Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa, Calif.


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