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In her most recent game, Rosi del Castillo from Puebla made it to twelve and helped her team win the First Baja Women's Baseball Cup 2022, held in Ensenada in January.

That performance earned her the title of the most valuable player of the tournament, adding another recognition to her career that has been marked by historical events, as Rosi is the first female baseball player to play professionally in Mexico.

At only 24 years old, the woman from Puebla has become a benchmark for sports; her talent has led her to debut in leagues that, until then, were considered "exclusive" for men.

Rosi del Castillo
(Photo: Juan Carlos Sánchez / La Resistencia)

One of the fastest pitchers

In an interview with Poblanerí, Rosi del Castillo Alarcón spoke about her beginnings in baseball until she became one of the fastest pitchers in Latin America. His right arm throws the ball at about 80 miles per hour.

She was the first female baseball player in Mexico to be signed by a men's team, since in 2015 she was selected by the Azulejos of the Meridiana Baseball League, in Mérida, Yucatán, to be the starting pitcher.

Then, in 2021, he made his debut in the Clemente Grijalva League, considered the first baseball force in Sinaloa, where he arrived with the VP-El Fuerte team. As in Mérida, Rosi was the first female baseball player to play in the Sinaloa league.

Rosi talks about how she has been playing baseball for 21 years. He started at three with his older brother; and although she has tried basketball and volleyball, he is the "king of sports", the one who has led her to fulfill her dreams.

I started playing baseball when I was three years old. I was playing in the Ignacio Zaragoza league until I was 16 years old and there I continued in amateur leagues. In 2015 I participated in the Meridana League, in 2021 in the Clemente Grijalva League”.

In addition to being a professional baseball player, he is also part of the Mexican Baseball Team, representing Mexico in various international competitions.

In fact, in 2019, it was part of Mexico's historic pass to the Baseball World Cup that would take place in China during 2020.

In that pre-world championship, played in Aguascalientes, the woman from Puebla won three awards, two of them individual: best percentage in earned runs 0.00 and best starter with two wins without defeat, with at least 10 innings pitched.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Cup had to be suspended and the qualification system was reconfigured. It will be in this 2022, when Rosi del Castillo and other selected seek qualification again.

Rosi del Castillo
(Photo: Juan Carlos Sánchez / La Resistencia)

For more women's baseball

Becoming the first female baseball player on a men's team has put Rosi in the sights of many.

"There have been very sexist comments but I don't pay attention, let them keep talking," he replies when asked about the most difficult thing he has had to face.

Consider in recent years, women's baseball has been gaining strength and there are already many women who join the practice of this sport, even as children.

For this reason, he asked teams to open the doors to women baseball players so that they can demonstrate their value and talent.

In the leagues I participated in, in Meridiana and Clemente, there were comments about why her? Why don't they give the opportunity to another guy who can show more? Those are the comments with which I have been struggling but I do not pay attention to them, because I like to show that I know how to do things

So far, in Mexico there is no women's baseball league. What are held are national tournaments during the year, with the aim that more women can compete in the sport.

Rosi del Castillo
(Photo: Juan Carlos Sánchez / La Resistencia)

Some of the states that have participated in these national tournaments are: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Hidalgo and Baja California. In contrast, Puebla has not created a women's baseball ninth.

For this reason, Rosi represents Mexico City, a team that has opened the doors for her to continue throwing the ball.

Text: Lizeth Flores Jácome
Photo and video: Juan Carlos Sánchez


Translate done by: Luba Michelle García Vega