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Baseball For All (BFA) has chosen Peyton Schuldt of St. Louis Park as a member of the Sparks, an elite, all-girls 12-and-under baseball team that will compete against 103 boys teams at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, New York, July 20-27, 2012.
This marks the 10th consecutive season the Sparks have competed at Dreams Park.
Schuldt plays in the St. Louis Park Little League, for the Major Division team. She will be playing for the seventh grade baseball team next fall. She is currently a sixth grader at . She has played St. Louis Park Little League for five years and for the majority of those years, she has been the only girl on her team.
Schuldt’s favorite position is pitcher. She works with pitching instructor Ryan Fixell, a former Concordia University baseball player. She also spends much of her free time working on her hitting and fielding skills at Extra Innings in Brooklyn Park.
In July 2010, Schuldt was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and continued playing baseball during the growth of her tumor and, in 2011, between her chemotherapy treatments.
(For more on Schuldt, see this Fox 9 story)
Nine years ago, the Sparks became the first all-girls baseball team to ever compete in what was traditionally considered a “boys” event. The team was the brainchild of BFA founder and executive director Justine Siegal, a former college and professional baseball coach. Last spring, she became the first female to throw batting practice in several Major League Baseball spring training camps.
Throughout their history, the Sparks have drawn top 12U female baseball players from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Three players from the Sparks have also gone on to play for USA Baseball’s National Women’s Team.