Filipinos in Sports: Katie Reyes breaking barriers at Little League WS


13-year-old Filipino-Canadian, Katie Reyes recently made history by hitting a game-winning two-RBI single in Canada’s 14-13 win over Germany on Tuesday afternoon in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Fifteen girls have played in the Little League World Series since 1984, but apparently none had logged the game’s top highlight until Reyes had three hits and three RBIs on Tuesday. Katie also caught the game’s final out at first base.

“I was excited. I was shaking,” the quiet, 13-year-old girl told AP.

According to an article from ESPN, Reyes’ parents, Hercules and Rachel Reyes, are Philippine immigrants who moved to Vancouver before Katie was born. Katie’s love for the game sprouted when her 11-year-old brother, Matthew, started playing in a local league. “I just wanted to help him,” Katie Reyes said. Reyes has never played softball and does not play any other organized sport. Reyes wants to keep playing baseball even after she can no longer play at the Little League level.

Katie has been making headlines but it was really hard for me to find an article that confirmed she was a Filipina which I think is very important. This 13-year-old Filipino-Canadian has made history making Pinoys proud and inspired to do great things. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this talented Filipina and you have my support Katie when you go professional.

Sources:

Big League Stew
Yahoo!Sports
ESPN

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