Sophie Dubreuil is giving new meaning to the phrase “throw like a girl.”
The 11-year old East Lyme star beat out almost 600,000 girls in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition, and has earned one of three spots in the national finals, which will be contested as part of the All-Star festivities at Citi Field on Monday.
She’s a jaw-dropping athlete.
Sophie plays baseball instead of softball, is a middle linebacker and wide receiver on the football team, and made the East Lyme Little League All-Star team despite being the only girl in the league.
In order to reach the Pitch, Hit and Run finals, Sophie had to beat out every kid in her region, which encompassed Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
Then, her score had to be one of the top three in the country among 10 and 11 year old girls, all of whom were competing at Major League stadiums in a regional competition.
She did just that, and now her family will be making an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the All-Star week festivities. Sophie will have the chance to shag fly balls at the Home Run Derby, and will get a free ticket to the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
“I’m excited,” Sophie said. “I’m most excited to be on the field for the home run derby, because I’ll be on TV.”
Sophie said she chose baseball over softball because she doesn’t like that whole ‘underhand’ business. She doesn’t mind playing with the boys, either, even in football.
“Everybody tells me I’m a tough girl,” she said. “It’s been easy.”
“Ever since she was a toddler, she’s loved sports,” said her mother Polly. “We knew that this was going to be her thing.”
“She’s just a gifted athlete, boy or girl,” said Chris Mountain, who drafted Sophie into the East Lyme Little League’s major leagues (for 9-12 year olds) as a nine year old. Not only was she the only nine-year old in the league, she was the only girl in the league.
“You really have to see her to believe it. I can’t do justice to her athletically.”
Sophie will compete in the Pitch, Hit and Run finals on Monday. You can check out some of her highlights from the regionals here: