Before being shelled for 22 runs in her last three starts for the Duluth Superior Dukes, the lefthanded Borders, the first female to pitch in a men's professional league, was 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA, which practically qualified her as an ace in the Northern League, in which four of the eight franchises have team ERAs of more than 5.00. She ran off 12 straight shutout innings at one point and continues to baffle some batters with a tricky turnover changeup. She isn't big league bound, but she's holding her own among the boys.
How can I make this sound like anything but the ravings of a misogynistic ogre? Borders is great for the game. I'd pay to see her pitch, and I'd tell my young niece she's a true role model. But her heater barely registers 80 mph, and at that velocity she had better have an intimidating sidearm motion, a killer split-fingered fastball or a Wilhelmesque knuckler. She has none of those in her repertoire. Borders's own manager said she was acquired to "add a few people at the turnstiles," and that's really all she's doing.