Lexington’s Wild Health Genomes draft first female in league history

Lexington’s Wild Health Genomes draft first female in league history
Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 3:38 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington’s Wild Health Genomes baseball team made history by drafting the first female in Atlantic League history.

Owner Andy Shea says it’s not about “selecting the best man” for the job but about choosing the best fit for the team.

“While I was so pleased and happy that Mark drafted Alexis, who likes to be known as Scrappy, and all he kept talking about was she was the best catcher there,” Shea said.

Shea says, with the addition of Alexis “Scrappy” Hopkins, the Genomes want to show their fans they believe in inclusiveness and want anyone and everyone to enjoy the ballpark.

“It’s not the best guys it’s the best people and Alexis what she showed down there in Florida at the tryout showcase event was that she was a phenomenal catcher and can hit really well as well,” Shea said.

Scrappy is a 23-year-old from the panhandle of Florida. She said she saw that they were having tryouts months ago but only decided to enter last minute. She has never been to the commonwealth but is excited to get to experience a change in scenery.

Not only is she a professional baseball player but she also just graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering. Scrappy says she’s excited to be living her dreams.

The team also has a female hitting coordinator. Team officials say they want to let the community know that they are proud of having these women in their organization and that women are always welcome to succeed with them.

“Well, this is amazing. It’s almost like it’s been one a day and we have to pace out our amazing news and our amazing things to announce cause we have so many fun exciting things going on,” Shea said.

The Genomes make their debut on May 3.

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