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This Pro Baseball Team Signed Its First Women Players And People Are Super Excited

Kelsie Whitmore and Stacy Piagno play their first game with the team on July 1.

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Whitmore, a recent graduate from Temecula Valley High School, will attend Cal State Fullerton on a softball scholarship next season.

Piagno, who threw a no-hitter for the U.S. team when they captured a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, previously played softball at the University of Tampa.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery, which sponsors the team, along with the Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club said they "have been actively searching for the best women baseball players in the United States to come and join the team."

“My family would play co-ed baseball games and inevitably the star player would always be an aunt who could run and hit and that made the games so much more fun,” said Francis Ford Coppola. “When watching Major League Baseball, I always wondered why there couldn’t be a co-ed team.”

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"We hope this sends a message to the rest of the baseball world that there is room for women and girls in this game – from Little League to the Major Leagues," he added.

Whitmore and Piagno will also play for Team USA in the Women’s Baseball World Cup in South Korea in September.

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Leticia Miranda at leticia.miranda@buzzfeed.com.

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