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Girl’s Pitching Prowess Sends Long Island Team To Little League World Series

Kristen Moldovan Plays On Otherwise All-Male Team In Massapequa
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Pitcher Kristen Moldovan (back row, fourth from right) with her Massapequa International Little League team. (Credit: Massapequa International Little League Team)

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 15-year-old Long Island girl has become a star pitcher of her otherwise all-male Little League team, and was headed this week to Little League World Series.

As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported Monday, Kristen Moldovan of Massapequa Park said softball was never for her.

“I always thought it was kind of slow,” she said.

And so she throws fastballs on the mound as a pitcher with boys and against them, and she said she loves to be the girl to strike them out.

“That’s fun, because then I just prove them wrong,” she said.

Moldovan’s team’s manager, Joe Pinto, said she certainly proved herself last week as the first girl to play in the Regional Finals in Freehold, N.J.

“We put her in a game where the game was on the line, and she went in and did the job, and the next day, she started a game that was the game that gets us into the championship round,” Pinto said.

He said younger girls at the game wanted to meet Kristin and get a picture with her.

The Massapequa International Little League Junior Team is representing the Eastern U.S. at the Little League World Series in Michigan. They lost to a Louisiana team on Monday.

Moldovan will be the starting pitcher on Wednesday.

Only four girls have played in the Junior League World Series since it began in 1981, according to a Newsday report. This year, Moldovan is one of two girls playing, along with Samantha Day, who plays for the Canada team, the newspaper reported.

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