After the momentum of Mo’Ne Davis and Emma March participating at the 2014 Little League World Series, the movement of girls in baseball enjoys another significant accomplishment. This season, Cooperstown Dreams Park has engaged in a series of skills competitions. Having begun on May 31, part of the competition included a home run hitting contest known as the King of Swat.
Kendra Levesque of Rio Rancho, New Mexico made her mark during the ninth week of competition (on July 26), connecting for five home runs, becoming the first girl this season to win the King of Swat. Of note, she beat out 103 boys in the competition. Each competitor was entitled to a maximum of 10 swings.
Ironically, Levesque was featured in the same issue of Sports Illustrated (cover date August 25, 2014) that featured Davis on the cover. Currently, she is an infielder and pitcher for the Sparks, a national all-girls team for players 12 and under.
Last season, she batted clean-up in the Sunset Little League, consisting of 10- and 11-year-old-players. In the District 8 championship versus the Paradise Hills Little League All-Stars, she hit a two-out home run in the first inning as Sunset prevailed by a 9-4 tally. After the victory, Levesque and her teammates participated at the state tournament in Clovis, New Mexico. Perhaps the most impressive fact about Levesque is that she clubbed over 20 home runs during that season.
Of note, the Clovis and Sunset Little Leagues have featured female all-stars. Emma Adams (currently at New Mexico State University) and Kacie Swihart have starred at Clovis. Over at Sunset, players such as Lindsey Paboucek, Bailee Bowen and Laura Gutierrez have preceded Levesque.