Miller and Jacobson are the two Massachusetts players on the roster. Others hail from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, New York, and North Carolina. The team comes together a few times a year to take part in one of the big holiday weekend tournaments at various locations.
“We try to get there a day or two early so we can all practice together,” said Anderson. “It’s a tough situation, but every other team is in the same boat. I absolutely love working with the women. I coach 16-and-Over boys, too and have been giving pitching lessons for years. The boys want a reason for everything you tell them while the women can’t do it fast enough.
“That’s the biggest difference, and the women have fun. As much as they want to win, they realize it’s a game. They are very serious about playing well, but they also know how to enjoy themselves. This is my second year being involved with the Red Sox. My boss, Kevin Marden, is the owner and sponsor, and asked me to help out.”
Miller has had a storied career. She played softball at Swampscott High then made the UMass Amherst team as a walk-on. Before her junior year she transferred to Salem State where she played in 1985 and ‘86. She has been with the NE Red Sox since the program’s inception in 2004 and prior to that was a member of the Lady Spirit women’s baseball team under coach Ken Perrone.
“Christina Burrill, who was also from Salem State, asked Spirit owner Nick Lopardo if we could play at Fraser Field,” said Miller. “It was almost like playing at Fenway Park. We went to the Roy Hobbs World Series in 2003 and won it. The following year Kerry Lomasters persuaded Kevin Marden to sponsor a team. We had six baseball players and six softball players, who had never played baseball before. That first year (2004) went down to Florida and won the tournament by beating our friends on Lady Spirit.”