SAILORS SIGNS CONTRACT TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL

SAILORS SIGNS CONTRACT TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL

Maine-Presque Isle senior pitcher Ghazaleh Sailors signed a contract to play for the Virginia Marlins of the World Baseball Professional League Monday.

Sailors has been the only female playing college baseball for the last two years.                

Sailors represented the United States at the 2010 Women's World Cup in Venezuela among her many accomplishments.  She hit .444 and pitched seven innings, capturing a win on the way to the American squad earning a bronze medal.

This season, Sailors held Division I Maine to just 4 earned runs in her 6 innings of work.  For her career, she has an ERA of 4.57 against Division I opponents in 8 innings.

The WBPL is a four-year old  independent professional baseball league made up of post-collegiate-age players who wish to pursue professional playing opportunities beyond college.  The league has ties to several international leagues and gives former collegiate players the ability to display their skills for professional scouts at all levels and in several countries.

The opportunity came about after Sailors pitched well against Averett University.  Averett is managed by Ed Fulton and his brother, Frank Fulton is the general manager of the Virginia Marlins.

The Marlins boast a roster filled with players that have international experience in countries far and wide.  Sailors will have teammates who have played in leagues in Latin American, Africa, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

WBPL play will begin in July.