CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Meghan Giordano knew she might have to give up boys baseball once she finished her Croton Little League career because girls baseball is not an option in the schools.
"I think I could play with boys maybe until 14 or 15 and compete with modified baseball, but the chance to play softball with a travel team is what I wanted to do," the 12-year-old seventh grader said. "I tried out for the Lady Hawks and the Empire State Huskies and chose the Hawks."
Giordano was not just a token girl on a boys baseball team. She excelled as a pitcher and hit 24 home runs over her two-year Little League career, 12 this past spring in her final baseball season. She averaged nearly 10 strikeouts a game on the mound last spring throwing overhand baseball.
"I'm looking forward to playing on the Hawks tournament travel team and then in modified softball for Croton next spring," Giordano said. "My dad and my older brother work with me on hitting and throwing. They really help me a lot."
The USA Lady Hawks play a fall tournament schedule, work out at Pro Swing in Mount Kisco during the winter months and then resume a travel schedule in the spring and summer. Giordano is ready to take her game up another level.
"These are really very good players and I'm so happy to be on the team," she said. "Hopefully, I'll play in high school and the in college someday."
Having already proved she can play with the boys, Giordano is looking forward to growing as a softball player with the girls.