Claire Eccles has pitched her way into the history books. The Victoria Harbourcats knuckleballer is the first woman to play in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league based in Canada.
Let’s see what Twitter was saying about Eccles outstanding accomplishment.
— Breakfast Television (@BT_Vancouver) June 8, 2017
So I need a walk out song for when I pitch… and I don’t know what it should be. Anyone have suggestions?
— claire eccles (@claireeccles4) June 7, 2017
— Victoria HarbourCats (@HarbourCats) June 7, 2017
— Helen Edwards (@HeritageHelen) June 8, 2017
Don’t you wish you can thrown like a girl NOW!
— Jason LeClair (@JasonLeClair19) June 8, 2017
@claireeccles4 Awesome job! My 10 year old daughter has been out practicing her pitching most nights since I told her about you. 👍🏻⚾️🇨🇦
— Alison Morrison (@alijomo72) June 8, 2017
— Graham Byatt (@ByattGraham) June 8, 2017
Get it! Not always easy…but always worth it! Best of luck on your season!
— Tiff Brooks (@Brooksie_23) June 8, 2017
Thanks to everyone for the support from last night. I really can’t say enough good things about my teammates, coaches and the front office.
— claire eccles (@claireeccles4) June 8, 2017
— UBC Thunderbirds (@ubctbirds) June 8, 2017
— Victoria HarbourCats (@HarbourCats) June 8, 2017
Not too shabby. A left-hander and a knuckleballer to boot. There have been some knuckleball pitchers in Major League Baseball, most notable Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield. But none of them have been left-handed. Eccles has made one appearance and pitched two innings giving up one hit and two runs. You can find out more about Eccles and the Harbourcats right here on the West Coast League website.