Dareth Doyon Tries Out For Team USA Womens Baseball Team
By CHRIS SHOTT Sports Editor
Sports | 08/08/2002
The 1992 movie entitled A League of Their Own depicted the history of the long-defunct All-American Girls Baseball League, an exclusively female baseball organization that operated in several Midwestern cities during the 1943-54 seasons. A memorable scene in the movie features a disbelieving male spectator prancing on the top of a dugout prior to a league game and bellowing out in a sneering fashion, “Girls can’t play baseball!”
Surprise! They can and they still do today, including Darreth Doyon of Warwick.
Doyon, 22, is one of approximately 30 young women who are competing in a tryout today at hallowed Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY (site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame) under the aegis of the Women’s Baseball League. Doyon and the other candidates are vying for positions on Team USA, essentially the national women’s baseball team of the United States that will compete in two international competitions here and abroad prior to the end of the year.
“A chance like this doesn’t come every day,” Doyon said during an interview Tuesday. “Baseball has been my life since I was a kid, and I can’t pass up this opportunity. I’ve got to give it a try. I don’t want to look back someday and wonder, ‘What would have happened if I had tried out that year?’”
Doyon prides herself on an aggressive and fearless style of play. While primarily a catcher, she has also played virtually every other position on the field and possesses a “very strong” throwing arm.
“I love to run the bases and steal and I’m not afraid to slide and get into the dirt,” she said. “My coaches and teammates over the years have given me several nicknames, including ‘Pigpen’ and ‘3D’ [‘Dirty Darreth Doyon’].”
If Doyon passes today’s “test” in New York, she will earn a spot on the 30-player Team USA roster and will join the American squad when it plays in the Women’s World Series in Florida on Sept. 2-8 and in the International Women’s Championships to be held in Australia in December.
“I don’t know what I will do if I’m picked for Team USA,” Doyon said. “Right now, I’m just trying to stay calm and not get my hopes up too much. If I don’t make it, at least I’ll be able to say that I gave it my best shot.”
Actually, Doyon has been giving it her “best shot” on the diamond for nearly three-quarters of her life. A Pawtucket native, she began playing baseball with the Pawtucket Slaterettes in 1986 and has been affiliated with that organization ever since as both a player and administrator.
“I was living in Pawtucket at the time and the Slaterettes publicized their tryouts,” Doyon said. “I joined up and have been playing with them ever since.”
Established in 1973, the Slaterettes are today the only known all-girls youth baseball league in the nation, servicing nearly 200 youngsters annually of ages 5 years to adults in five separate playing divisions. Earlier this year, the Amateur Athletic