At the Senior League Softball World Series for kids age 14 to 16 in Kalamazoo, Mich., last week, an Inverness, Fla., team relinquished its chance at the title by forfeiting to a team from Eloy, Ariz., because the Arizona team included five boys. (Boys have been eligible to play Little League Softball since 1996.) Inverness catcher Whitney Gelin, 15, shared her thoughts with SI's Tim Crothers, her brother-in-law. It didn't bother us when we got to the World Series and heard that one of the teams had five boys. Then we saw the guys, and they were bigger than some of our dads. Our coaches were worried that one of the boys would knock someone's teeth out with a line drive, so they decided not to let us play them. Some of my teammates cried when they heard we were forfeiting. I was just mad: I wanted to beat those boys. My sister Courtenay and I were so disappointed that instead of going to the field with our team to forfeit, we went to the mall to buy outfits for the awards banquet.
On Saturday the Philippine team forfeited the championship game to Arizona, and we beat Kentucky in the third-place game. It was sad not to play for the title, but when we flew home we were treated like champions, with a police escort and even TV interviews. I'm looking on the positive side. We proved we're the best girls' team in America, and we got to miss the first week of school.