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Pitcher’s Historic Night Not One To Remember

Sun., June 1, 1997

History will remember this night. Ila Borders probably would rather just forget it.

Borders became the first woman to pitch in a regular-season game Saturday night when she came in during the sixth inning of the St. Paul Saints’ Northern League game against the Sioux Falls Canaries which the Saints lost 11-1.

But she struggled from the outset and left after facing three batters without getting an out.

A left-hander, Borders relieved Saints starter George Glinatsis. The Canaries led 4-0 and had a runner at third and two outs in the sixth.

Borders hit the first batter she faced with a first-pitch curveball. She then went to a 2-2 count on Michael Dumas before she was called for a balk, forcing in a run.

Dumas then lined the full-count pitch back at Borders. She knocked it down, but threw wildly to first for an error that allowed Cruz to score. John Tsoukalas followed with an RBI double to right-center to make it 7-0. Borders was then pulled.

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