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Old 05-18-2019, 06:56 AM   #1
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Post Women's Baseball League of America

The WBLA was founded in 2019 by a group of female sportswriters who wanted to give women an opportunity to play semi-pro baseball. Four franchises were initially founded, all on the East Coast- the Cape Cod Sirens (based in Provincetown), the New York Valkyries (based in Queens), the Richmond Storm and the Salisbury Riveters. The league began with a 48-game season played across July and August. The league was a non-DH league with minimal reputation to begin with.
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An inaugural draft was made from a vetted list of interested players. The Richmond Storm won the lottery for the first draft pick and chose 26-year-old Canadian centrefielder Belle Leachy. Cape Cod used their first pick on 22-year-old third basewoman Denise Marechal from Vanderbilt, Salisbury opted for 27-year-old pitcher Maria Rodriguez and New York closed out the first round with the selection of 27-year-old shortstop Edith Fitzsimmons.

The first game of the inaugural WBLA saw the Richmond Storm host the Cape Cod Sirens. Andrea Maas took to the mound in the purple and gold of Richmond, facing Dawn Sancren of Cape Cod. After a quick 1-2-3 inning, Jacquelin ‘Jack’ Head took the mound for Cape Cod, facing Richmond’s leadoff hitter, Steph Bachelor. Bachelor became the first strikeout of the WBLA before Tonii Thomas recorded the league’s first hit driving a groundball into the 3-4 hole for a single. That was followed by a double from no. 1 draft pick Belle Leachy before a sacrifice hit from Meg Harrington and some clever hit & run brought Thomas home for the first run of the WBLA. Cape Cod’s Taylor DeVos would tie the game in the top of fourth with the league’s first home run (386ft to left). The game ended 6-4 in favour of the Storm after the Sirens failed to recover from a Leachy grand slam in the 7th. In the day’s other game, the Riveters beat the Valkyries 3-2 in Salisbury.

At the end of the first regular season, the Valkyries had claimed the top spot in the division with a record of 30-18. They had been a dominant team, especially at home. At the Alley Park Baseball Ground, they had gone 17-7. Their best run was a 5-game streak between July 7th and July 11th. Meanwhile, Richmond took 2nd with a 27-21 record. Despite two 5-game win streaks (July 11th-16th & August 7th-12th), their nine season losses to New York cost them the top spot. Cape Cod finished last, only managing 14 wins across the season. That included winning just six games in the month of August.

In the WBLA Cup, played between first and second in the regular season standings, the Valkyries swept the Storm 4-0. They outscored their opponents 37-13 and Valkyries centrefielder Tash Cole was named series MVP after a 10-for-16, 4 home run performance.

Salisbury dominated the individual player statistics for the inaugural season. Leftfielder Billie Eischens topped the league in batting average with .360 across 48 games. Meanwhile, third basewoman Jerri Thornton hit 17 home runs and 55 RBIs to league the lead in those categories. The 29-year-old Dallas native had a .290 average, which put her well outside contention for the triple crown. The best OPS in the league was that of no. 1 draft pick Belle Leachy with 1.061. On the mound, Maria Rodriguez was the ERA queen at 2.36 while Richmond’s Madeeha Baqri went 7-0 in 10 starts for the title of winningest pitcher. Baqri also recorded 62 Ks and finished second in ERA with 3.14.

At the 2019 WBLA awards, all three offensive first round draft picks received Best Offensive Player awards with Marechal and Leachy also receiving Defensive Player awards for their position. Baqri scooped up Pitcher of the Year while Leachy, with a .330 average and 10 home runs, was named MVP.

Overall, the league had proven popular and while the it would remain at four teams for the 2020 season, two expansion teams and an additional 24 games were planned for the 2021 season. The league also received a number of substantial financial donations, allowing them to expand the operation a little before the following season.
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The first WBLA amateur player draft took place on June 5th 2020. With the first overall pick, Cape Cod selected pitcher Mikala Keaton from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Keaton was a promising all-rounder with a sidearm release. Some pundits were sceptical given her two-pitch range but many agree that her arm had promise.

There were also two major trades prior to the start of the season. On February 13th, New York sent three top-20 prospects in exchange for starting pitcher Wanda Nadine. It was an odd trade, given that Nadine had gone 0-8 with a 7.45 ERA in 2019. On March 1st, Salisbury traded three players to Richmond for Kerry Hendrickson, a reliever who had managed one save in 24 games in 2019.
At the trade deadline (July 30th), Salisbury and New York swapped an established and a ranked prospect each. The Riveters received #13 prospect Anna Williams and third basewoman Jay Abel in exchange for #34 prospect Erica Hall and leftfielder Cherry Zeck.

The WBLA Cup once again came down to New York and Richmond. The Valkyries went 29-19, going 10-2 to start the season and finishing the season on a 7-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Storm went 27-21 for a second consecutive season, with nine losses to New York being the deciding factor. Also repeating the same record was Cape Cod, who once again finished last at 14-34. After this second poor season, Cape Cod fired GM Justin Stockton, replacing him with
The 2020 WBLA Cup was closer, with New York retaining the title in 6. However, it would be Richmond’s Belle Leachy who was named series MVP, going 11-for-24 with a home run. Her .458 batting average was nearly .100 better than New York’s best batter, Joan Shea.

Salisbury’s Antonia Peres was the league’s best batter, with a .356 average. This once again marked the third place team boasting the best hitter in the league. It was also a huge jump for Peres, who had finished the 2019 season with a .251 average. Peres also had a 3 home run a game on July 8th, the first in league history. New York’s Edith Fitzsimmons and Richmond’s Belle Leachy lead the league with 17 home runs each, marking the second year that 17 was the magic number for the league’s longball queen. And it was Cape Cod’s Taylor DeVos who would be named take the best RBI total, with 44. It should be noted that Fitzsimmons finished second in both average (.346) and RBIs (43). Maria Rodriguez, now with Richmond after joining them in free agency after the 2019 season, recorded a triple crown performance with her new team. 1.48 ERA, 8 wins (8-1 in 11 starts) and 75 Ks blew the rest of the field out of the water.
At the 2020 awards, Jackie Toms won the league’s first Rookie of the Year award for her .236 average season with Richmond. Maria Rodriguez unanimously won Pitcher of the Year while Belle Leachy won a second MVP award for her .330, 17 home run season.

On November 9th, the league held an expansion draft for two new teams- the Charlotte Valiant and Bristol Bears. The league also split into two divisions- north and south. Bristol, Cape Cod and New York would play in the North and Charlotte, Richmond and Salisbury would play in the South. The playoffs would now see the division leaders as well as the two highest wildcards regardless of division. However, the proposed 24 additional games were postponed until the 2022 season.
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The season began with the first amateur draft featuring the two new teams. Despite having the worst record in the league, Cape Cod were relegated to the third overall pick. Their first overall pick from 2020, Mikala Keaton, only appeared in 3 matches for the Sirens, giving up a hit and walk as well as recording a strikeout in 3.2 innings of work. With their first pick as a WBLA team, the Bristol Bears chose A.J. (Anna Jane) Timan out of Maryland. Timan was a hard-hitting centrefielder who had hit .306 and 10 home runs in 40 matches for the Terrapins in 2021. For their first pick, Charlotte chose Edwina Villegas, a second basewoman out of Seaside HS in Seaside, CA. Villegas had hit .473 in 24 matches for Seaside in 2021 and had promising contact and discipline.

Once again Salisbury made major trades involving prospects. On July 29th, they gave up the #18 and #22 prospect in order to acquire reliver Terri Been from Bristol. Been had a 3.51 ERA in 33.1 innings of work. They also traded away the #54 prospect Craig Adams and .281 hitting leftfielder Alvin Kaplan to Richmond for setup reliever, Quinn Martin.

Under the league’s new format, there was finally new divisions winners. Cape Cod went from worst to first, winning the North Division (and securing the best record in the WBLA) with 37-11. They finished the season winning 11 of their last 12, including a 10-game winning streak. They had also finished July winning 10 of 12 to end the month. The Valkyries finished second, securing a wildcard spot with a record of 29-19. Also on 29-19 were the Salisbury Riveters and Richmond Storm, who played a tie-breaker to determine the winner of the South Division. Richmond won 5-2, giving them the second seeding in the playoffs with a record of 30-19. Charlotte matched Cape Cod’s record of 14-34 in 2019 and 2020 while Bristol won only 6 games, going 6-42. Bristol went 0-12 to end August and went 2-17 in the month as a whole.

In the best of 5 cup play-in round, Cape Cod swept Salisbury while New York and Richmond went to 5 games, with New York taking games four and five to beat Richmond in the playoffs for a third consecutive year. However the league got a new champion as Cape Cod beat New York in 5. Taylor DeVos won series MVP for her 7-for-19, 3 home run performance across the five matches.

Another batting benchmark was set by Cherry Zeck of the Valkyries as she hit .433 in 46 games. Once again, two women split the home run title with 17 home runs, marking the third year that that was the highest total. Taylor DeVos and Denise Marechal shared the title after excellent seasons for the both of them (and WBLA Cup MVP for DeVos). New York’s Tash Cole and Salisbury’s Antonia Peres lead the league in RBIs with 52 apiece. The major pitching honours were split across three players as Andrea Maas took the ERA crown with 1.19, Maya Black had the most wins with 8 and Jack Head was the fastest route to the dugout with 87 Ks.
Victoria Rubio was the season’s Rookie of the Year. While drafted in 2020, she met the Rookie status requirements in 2021, hitting .337 and recording and OPS of .856. She achieved this despite only starting in 22 of her 41 games during the season. Andrea Maas, the woman who threw the first pitch in league history, won Pitcher of the Year with a 5-2 record, 1.19 ERA and 67 Ks. There was a new MVP as 41-year-old Cherry Zeck took the league’s top honour. She hit .433 as she dominated most base-related statistical categories.

With the league still doing well, another two rounds of expansion were planned. 2025 would see teams in Roanoke, VA; Huntington, WV; Asheville, TN and Hamilton, OH. 2029 would see two teams join the league, with offers from locations in America and Canada being accepted by the league [Reader proposals welcome]. Each round of expansions would add another 24 games to the season schedule.

Starting in 2022, the season would be lengthened to 72 games, in line with the postponed schedule expansion from the Bristol/Charlotte expansion.
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As the draft neared, the Bears started clearing house. On Christmas Day 2021, they traded catcher Bev Cadden to Charlotte for the #66 and #81 prospects. Cadden had hit .266 in 2021 while the prospects, Vania Epps and Dany Lora, were pitchers who had been fairly battered in around 50 innings each. Charlotte then turned around sent Joan Shea, #1 overall in the expansion draft, back to New York in exchange for #19 prospect Jenny Thurber. They also sent underperforming starter Mandy Allen to Cape Code in exchange for #33 prospect Charlie Ghorley and first basewoman Jeanie Bazan. Finally, Bristol made a trade with New York to acquire Joey Decker and the #63 prospect Amanda Klein.

With the first overall pick, the Bears selected pitcher Alex Quirk from the University of Miami (FL). Their 2021 #1 pick, AJ Timan, had had a mediocre season, hitting .215 and leading the league in striking out with 67 Ks in 47 games.

Cape Cod were once again North Division champions, going 52-20 and beating the second place New York Valkyries by four games. The Sirens were hot from the start, getting over an opening day loss to start the season 8-2. Things looked especially good for them in mid-August, when they enjoyed a twelve game winning streak. They sealed their second straight division title thanks to a nine-game winning streak to start September. Sharing New York’s 48-24 record were the South Division winners Richmond, who dominated the division, finishing eleven games above Salisbury. Bristol improved by five wins to finish 11-61 while Charlotte finished 20-52.

In the first round of the playoffs, Cape Cod saw off Salisbury in four while New York/Richmond once again went the distance. However, despite blowing a 2-0 series lead, it would be Richmond who came out on top, beating New York 3-2 in a close game five. In the WBLA Cup, Richmond jumped out to a 3-0 series lead before losing focus and letting Cape Cod tie the series. The Cup came down to a tense game seven in Provincetown and thanks to the hitting of Belle Leachy, the series MVP, Richmond was able to take the game 3-2 and claim their first title.
Salisbury’s Billie Eischens, who had led the league in batting average in its inaugural season, enjoyed an excellent, leading the league once more with a batting average of .362 alongside a new single-season home run record of 27. Meanwhile Belle Leachy, the two-time MVP, was the best at bringing home her teammates with 77 RBIs. Cape Cod’s Jay Bell was ERA queen with a phenomenal 1.38 while the new length of the season allowed for a new wins record, with Richmond’s Madeeha Baqri earning 11 Ws in 14 starts. The season length also allowed New York’s Dawn Constable to break the 100-K mark, finishing the season with 107 strikeouts. Twelve of Constable's strikeouts came on August 10th, when she threw the first perfect game (and thus the league's first no-hitter) against Salisbury. Three other pitchers also broke 100 strikeouts in the 2022 season- Mica Agazzi of Salisbury (106), Jay Bell (101) and Kerry Hendrickson of Salisbury (100).

At the end of season awards, New York’s Jo Gorman was named Rookie of the Year after a phenomenal .324 average season. Jay Bell won Pitcher of the Year, having led the league in ERA and breaking 100 strikeouts. Billie Eischens was named MVP after their excellent season.

A major retirement of note was Meg Harrington, who had been drafted in the second round of the inaugural drafted by Richmond. She played 163 games in Richmond and Charlotte and managed a .228 career batting average.

With next expansion draft two years away, work was well underway to ensure that the four cities receiving WBLA teams would be ready to go. Offers were still being accepted for the 2029 expansion but right now, the league was in a good place.
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I'd love to the see the facegens in this league!
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Unfortunately, the facegens are generic male facegens as the game contains no female models. What I have been doing thus far is changing the names of generated players.

I really wish that there were female facegens but because there are no female baseball players (aside from one unsigned draftee in the mid-90s), it's just not something that is in the game.
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I take some time to work out how to do that this week if that's something people want. The set up is super simple- it's a 4 reputation league with four teams in one division with DH and automatic evolution turned off.
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The White Dragon was ready to wreak havoc on the league. 20-year-old Irina Rybkin was a Ukrainian national who had come to the United States when she was six and first picked up a baseball bat when she was seven. She had extreme gap power and deadly accuracy, often being able to call her shots to the foot. She had played softball as a Fighting Illini but declared herself for the 2023 WBLA draft.

Prior to the draft, in late May, Charlotte acquired 2021 Rookie of the Year Victoria Rubio from Richmond in exchange for pitcher Dana Pearson. The trade was largely seen as a win for Charlotte, as Rubio had hit .293 in limited at-bats during the 2022 season while Pearson had gone 3-1 with an ERA above 3.00.

Rybkin did not go first overall, as Bristol used the first overall pick on solid all-rounder Kylie Lyons, who had hit .483 for East Side Community Highschool in New York. However, the White Dragon would go second to Charlotte, who were in desperate need of power in their line-up. 2022’s #1 draft pick, Alex Quirk, had a rough rookie year as she went 1-9 in 22 games and 9 starts, finishing with a 2.70 ERA. However, Irina and the Valiant failed to come to an agreement and Irina returned to Illinois for another year of college.

Cape Cod won their third straight north division title with a 53-19 record, improving on the previous season by a single win. Once again the Valkyries finished second, finishing just above .500 with a 37-35 record. But the surprise story of the season was the Bristol Bears, who went 22-50, improving on 2022 by eleven wins. In the south, Salisbury took the title with a 46-26 record, beating Richmond by just three wins. Meanwhile, Charlotte regressed by five wins to finish 15-57.

Cape Cod swept New York in the first round of the playoffs while Salisbury beat Richmond in 4. This spoken to the troubles in New York- they were guaranteed a playoff spot due to the presence of expansion teams but they just weren’t the team that had dominated in the first two seasons of the league. In the WBLA Cup, Salisbury were in firm control despite losing the first game of the series. They won games two through four before Cape Cod took game six. However, the #1 postseason seed couldn’t mount a full comeback and Salisbury took their first title. With their win, it meant that all four founding teams had won at least one title.

Salisbury’s Jamie Boyle was the league leader in batting average with a .431 average that was leaps and abounds ahead of second (New York’s Edith Fitzsimmons with .368). Veteran Taylor DeVos once again took home the home run title with 26, one shy of the league record, as well as the RBI title with 92. It should be noted that Edith Fitzsimmons finished second in all three categories this year (23 home runs, 84 RBIs). Jack Head of Cape Cod led the league with a 1.77 ERA while sharing the title of winningest pitcher with Salisbury’s Mica Agazzi after each earning 12 wins in 14 starts (Agazzi and Head went 12-2, thus earning a decision in all of their starts). Meanwhile, Dawn Constable retained the K crown, striking out 101 over the season.

During awards season, Salisbury’s Louisa Garcia won Rookie of the Year, hitting .288. Jack Head won Pitcher of the Year after her 12-2, 1.77 ERA season. And Jamie Boyle’s .431, 15 home run season rightfully earned her MVP.

Scouts also started reporting on a potential must-have player hitting in high school. Soon enough, all eyes would be on Keesha DeWilliams.
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For the second time, Joan Shea was traded back to the Valkyries. She had become a free agent after the 2023 season and was promptly signed by the Valiant… who traded her back to the Valkyrie. Shea is a good hitter, going .243 across her season. She has also been a decent catcher, with a .994 fielding percentage.

Meanwhile, the league was focused on Keesha DeWilliams. The 18-year-old was scouted as a legitimate star. Everything was off the charts and she was a definite first overall pick, with hopefully a long future in the league ahead of her.
To no-one’s surprise, DeWilliams went first overall to the Valiant. 2023’s #1 pick, Kylie Lyons proved to be a bust, hitting .152 in 23 games for the Bears. Irina Rybkin was drafted 8th and signed with the Valkyries.

For the fourth straight year, Cape Cod won the North Division with a record of 42-30. New York took second after a season long fight with Bristol. It came down to a final 4-game series between the two teams, with New York sweeping their opponents. This mean that New York finished 37-35 for the second straight year. In the South Division, Salisbury also finished 42-30 while Richmond finished 40-32, coming second and taking the top wild card spot.

Cape Cod once again beat New York in the first round, beating them in four. Meanwhile Salisbury also won in four. This set up a rematch of the 2023 WBLA Cup. The series went the distance with Salisbury relinquishing a 3-1 series lead. Cape Cod rallied, taking games five, six and seven to steal the title from under Salisbury’s nose. The series MVP was Tania Wold, who went 13-for-29 with 2 home runs.

Billie Eischens shone as recorded a triple crown with a .336 batting average, 26 home runs and 58 RBIs. Keesha (4th in BA- .331, T-4th in HR- 15). Kerry Hendrickson of Salisbury recorded the best ERA of the league with 2.21. Hendrickson also recorded the most strikeouts with 96. New York’s Maria Rodriguez recorded 8 wins in 15 starts, down from 12 wins in 2023.

Keesha DeWilliams won Rookie of the Year, hitting .331 with 15 home runs. She also finished fourth in overall batting average and tied fourth in home runs, fulfilling the promise of her preseason scouting results. Kerry Hendrickson’s league-leading ERA and total strikeouts earned her her first Pitcher of the Year award. Meanwhile, Billie Eischens home runs and RBIs earned her a second MVP award.

On December 1st, the league held an expansion for the four new teams- Asheville, Hamilton, Huntington and Roanoke. With the first pick, Huntington chose three-time Best Defensive Player at LF and 2024 WBLA Cup MVP Tania Wold. Other big names that went in the draft included Erica Gatlin, a two-time WBLA Cup champion and 2023’s Reliever of the Year, and Bo Hampton, a talented reliever who has been a solid part of bullpens in Richmond and Cape Cod.

On New Year's Eve, there was a piece of sad news to end the year. 2021 MVP Cherry Zeck retired from the WBLA at the age of 45. Zeck hit .354 across 256 career games. Zeck had been drafted in the 11th round of the inaugural 2019 draft by Salisbury and had gone onto play for New York, Charlotte and Cape Cod. In her honour, the Best Offensive Player of the Year award was renamed the Cherry Zeck award.
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With the no. 1 pick of the 2025 draft, Huntington selected centerfielder Jayla Van Iderstine out of Maryland. The 2024 no.1 pick, Keesha DeWilliams, had become the first no.1 pick to win Rookie of the Year. Two-time no.2 pick Irina Rybkin, Ukraine’s “White Dragon”, had a decent rookie year, hitting .250 in 49 games for New York.

Oh and in the annual game of “Is Joan Shea in Charlotte or New York this year?” Shea signed with the Valiant after being a free agent at the end of the 2024.
After the draft, Charlotte, still trying to find their place in the league, made a bevvy of trades to acquire 3 ranked prospects (#14, 74 and 140) in exchange for a number of their middling veterans. Meanwhile, Roanoke traded for 5-time Best Defensive first basewoman Antonio Peres. It was a big move for the new team, and one that could pay off if Peres kept her form.

The league’s first All Star Game was held on July 22nd, 2025. Up to that point, New York had broken out to a dominant start to the season, going 19-1 through the first 20 games of the season. This included a 16-game win streak to begin the season. In the All Star Game, the South beat the North 6-4.

In a shock twist, the Valkyries cooled in the months after the All Star break and were eventually passed by Cape Cod as New York were unable to keep their pace up over the new 100-game season. In fact, New York finished outside of the playoffs were a record of 62-38, tied for second in the north with Bristol. While Cape Cod finished 70-30, they were outdone by the top two teams in the south, with Richmond finishing 78-22 and Salisbury going 71-29. Charlotte made their first postseason after going 66-34. The four expansions teams flagged, with Huntington winning 28; Asheville winning 25 and Hamilton and Roanoke each getting 19 Ws.

The Valiant began their postseason in style as in their first ever playoff game, they stunned the top seed in extras. Keesha DeWilliams hit a solo bomb to left field in the top of the tenth to clinch a 3-2 win that had seen Charlotte trail by 2 until the 8th inning. The Valiant then won game two before dropping games three and four. Game 5 was almost an exact mirror of game 1. However, it was the Valiant jumping out to a 6-4 lead before Storm tied it up in the 8th with a two-run homer from Lucia Acosta. The game went to extras but this time it was reliable southpaw closer Jo Boylan who gave up the winning runs as Belle Leachy hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. In the other series, Salisbury jumped out to a 2-game lead before allowing Cape Cod to tie things up. Cape Cod would go onto win in the rubber match in a 16-8 rout. The WBLA Cup went the distance and Richmond won the cup for the second time.

Keesha DeWilliams began to show her prowess as she lead the league in batting average with .396. Meanwhile, it was a home run/RBI double for Salisbury’s Louisa Garcia, who hit 42 home runs and batted in 119 runs. Garcia also finished second in batting average with .390. On the mound, it was coming up purple as a Richmond pitcher lead in every category. Jay Bell had the best ERA with 2.02 while Terri Been finished with 14 wins in 20 starts. Finally, rounding out the trio was Andrea Maas who finished the year with 179 Ks.

No. 1 pick Jayla Van Iderstine won Rookie of the Year with a .250 batting average and 10 home runs. Meanwhile Andrea Maas earned her second Pitcher of the Year award while Louisa Garcia became the 5th MVP.

The end of the season also marked the end of Mako Iwasaki’s career. While never a star, Iwasaki was a reliable hitting, earning a .249 career average in 319 games over 7 seasons. She primarily played for Richmond but did spend a season in Bristol. She will be missed by many on and off the field.
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Where in the world is catcher Joan Shea? After not receiving a contract extension from Charlotte, Shea signed a 4-year, $76.8 million contract with the Roanoke Ramblers!

The major trade of the offseason saw New York acquire Mikala Keaton in exchange for Irina Rybkin. Rykbin had slumped in her sophomore year, hitting .196 in only 56 at-bats for the Valkyries. It seemed, for now, that the White Dragon had lost her fire.

With the 1st overall pick in the draft, the Hamilton Vibes selected Kenya ‘Twinkle Toes’ Burch out of Chalmette High School in Louisiana. Burch hit .505 in her senior year and was expected to develop into the ultimate power hitter.

At the All Star break, the Valkyrie lead the north once more, though with a much tamer record of 13-7. However, Bristol were only a game behind at 12-8. In the south, Richmond sat at 17-3 while Salisbury (15-5) and Charlotte (14-6) held the wild card places. It was also decided that the All Star game would be moved to late August from 2027 after multiple players pointed out the stupidity to hold it only 20 games into a 100-game season. Cape Cod’s Taylor DeVos was All Star MVP in a 3-2 north division victory.

New York won the North Division with a 57-43 record. However, they would enter would entire the playoffs as the fourth seed after it became the year of the south division. Salisbury dominated the league, going 76-24. Meanwhile, Richmond also finished above 70 wins (75-25) and Charlotte took the last playoff spot with a 68-32 record.

Salisbury and Richmond progressed to the WBLA Cup after each beating their respective opponents (New York and Charlotte) in 4 games. Salisbury, with the exception of a tight game 3 loss, never lost sigh of their goal of winning the cup and saw off Richmond in 5 games for their second WBLA title.

Keesha DeWilliams once again led the league in batting average, hitting .446 as well as finishing 4th in home runs (32) and fifth in RBIs (87). It was Salisbury’s Billie Eischens who took the home run and RBI titles, recording 38 and 105 respectively. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s Brienne Hedges took the ERA crown with 1.91 in 20 games while her teammate Connie Boudreau was the winningest pitcher (along with Richmond’s Josie Sanchez) with 13. Long-time Richmond starter Andrea Maas took home the strikeouts title with 148.

In the end of year awards, Salisbury’s .357 hitting Fergie Ramos took home Rookie of the Year while Brienne Hedges received Pitcher of the Year and Keesha DeWilliams earned her first MVP title.

The two 2029 expansion cities were also named at the end of the season, with as yet unnamed teams establishing themselves in Regina, CA-SK and Beaver, OK. Each city was to hold a competition for the team name.
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With the first overall pick in the draft, Asheville selected pitcher Edna Buck from Kent State, marking only the third time a pitcher had gone first overall. The 2026 no. 1 pick, Kenya Burch, had a good year in Hamilton as she hit .240 in 98 games and was selected as an All-Star.

Joan Shea began the season still with the Ramblers.

At the All Star Break, now August 25th, the Valkyries held a half-game lead at the top of the north division, with a record of 30-20. The south division lined up like the year before, with Richmond leading (38-13) and the wild cards filled by Salisbury and Charlotte. Belle Leachy was named the game’s MVP as the South beat the North 4-0 in a game that seemed to exemplify the dwindling prowess of the North Division.

Come season’s end, it was the same story as 2026. New York won the north at 56-44 while the South dominated. Richmond went 77-23, Charlotte 68-32 and Salisbury 65-35.

New York-Richmond went the distance as the teams traded wins back and forth. However it would be the Storm who progressed to the final, where they would face the Charlotte Valiant, who appeared in their first WBLA Cup after beating Salisbury in four. However, the fantasy hit the brick wall of reality as Richmond swept them in four straight shutouts, including at no-hitter in game three.

For the third straight year, Keesha DeWilliams was the batting average champion as she hit .405. And it was 2025 no. 1 pick Jayla Van Iderstine who earned the home run trophy with 39 longballs. She was just beaten to the RBI title by Salisbury’s Louisa Garcia, who batted in 110 to Van Iderstine’s 108. On the mound, Andrea Maas recorded triple crown with a 1.77 ERA, going 17-0 in 20 starts and striking out 152.

Lulu Casares, a Nicaraguan free agent who had signed with Charlotte in January 2027, was named Rookie of the Year after hitting .329 during the season. For her triple crown, Maas won her third Pitcher of the Year award while Billie Eischens, with a batting average of .387 and 36 home runs, won their third MVP award.

The league said goodbye to a number of veterans at the end of the season- Georgia Fudge had joined the league in the 2019 inaugural draft and had spent her entire career in New York. Across 542 games, she had hit .320, 78 home runs and 324 RBI. The league also said good by to Richmond’s Louisa Acosta, who had joined the league after being drafted by Salisbury in 2019. Over 548 games, Acosta hit .303 and 320 RBIs, earning 1 Defensive Player of the Year for 3B, 2 Cherry Zeck Awards, 3 WBLA Cup rings and an All Star appearance.

It was also announced that Beaver’s team, coming in 2029, would be nicknamed the Lionesses.
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The first overall pick, made by the Ramblers, was Ronda Olague. The Longhorn right-fielder was expected to grow into an outstanding contact hitter at hit .295 for Texas in her senior year. Kent State’s Edna Buck, the 2027 no. 1 pick, played 21 games for the Asheville Wolves before suffering a partial tear in her ulnar collateral ligament, that took her out of action for 12 months.

At the All Star break, Cape Cod and Bristol were locked a tight race in the North Division. Meanwhile, Richmond was utterly dominating the south, having gone 41-9 to this point. Second place Charlotte sat 10.5 games behind them. Billie Eischens was named All Star MVP as the South beat the North 5-3, marking the south’s second consecutive victory in the contest.

At the end of regular season, Bristol made it into the postseason, the only North team to do so, with a 59-41 record. Richmond couldn’t sustain their insane pace but still ended the scene 71-29, holding the best record in the WBLA. The other wildcard spots went to Charlotte (65-35) and Salisbury (59-41).

Richmond beat Salisbury in 5 after squandering a 2-0 lead in the series. Meanwhile Bristol made short work of Charlotte, sweeping them in 3. In the WBLA Cup, Richmond broke out to a 3-0 lead before Bristol rallied to take games 4 and 5. However, a reverse sweep was ended as Richmond won game six 14-8 and thus retained the title. This made them the first back to back winners since New York in 2019 & 2020.

It was another strong year for Keesha DeWilliams, who lead the lead in batting average with .409. She also finished 6th in home runs with 23. Jayla Van Iderstine also retained her title, leading the league in home run with 38. And Louisa Garcia once again netted the RBI title with 111 (Van Iderstine came second with 104). Meanwhile Lenora Pena, a Cuban free agent in Charlotte, achieved a triple crown with a 2.31 ERA, 14 wins (on 21 starts) and 158 Ks.

Bristol’s rookie catcher, Rachel Leon, earned Rookie of the Year with a .292 batting average. Leon was drafted by Charlotte but traded in mid-July. Pena’s triple crown earned her Pitcher of the Year while Louisa Garcia, with her league leading RBIs, .376 and 34 home runs, earned her second MVP award. This made her the third player, after Belle Leachy (2) and Billie Eischens (3), to win multiple MVP awards.
While 12 players retired in the offseason, the two most notable names on the list were Madeeha Baqri and Steph Bachelor. Baqri, the first Muslim player in the league, won 5 Cherry Zeck awards, the 2019 Pitcher of the Year Award and went 63-50 in 152 starts. She spent most of her career in Richmond before joining Huntington in free agency in 2025. Bachelor, a shortstop, also began her career in Richmond before playing seasons in Roanoke and Charlotte. In 615 games she hit .285. While by no means a power hitter, only hitting 25 home runs in her 10-season career, she was a solid contact bat and batted in 279 runs while maintaining a fielding average of .984.

December 20th saw the expansion draft for the Beaver Lionesses and the Regina Snowcats. The expansion draft was noticeably weaker than the last and no-one of noted was taken, or offered for that matter.

Looking ahead to the league’s 11th year, there were two names of everyone’s lips- Olivia and Breanna Dudley. A pair of Bahaman twins who had led Ohio State to back to back collegiate titles. Breanna played shortstop while Olivia was a reliever. They declared for the draft and people immediately began to guess how far they’d go.
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Breanna went to Beaver and Olivia went to Roanoke as picks 1 and 2. They were widely expected to feature opening day. 2028 no. 1 pick, Ronda Olague, was drafted 5th overall by Asheville after failing to sign with Roanoke the previous season. She returned to Texas and pursued a 1 year Masters course in land management studies.

The season ran unamended as the commissioner’s office wanted practical evidence as to whether changes such as a longer season and expanded playoffs were needed.

At the All Star break, Cape Cod lead the North at 31-15 with New York (30-15) holding the second wildcard spot. Richmond was having a slightly cooler season than 2028 but still led the South with a record of 32-14. Charlotte held the top wildcard at 31-15. Northern expansion Regina sat at the bottom of the north at 15-31 (but were not the worst team in the WBLA- that was Asheville at 11-34). Meanwhile, Beaver sat in 4th in the south at 19-27. Breanna Dudley made the All Star game, hitting .350 in 46 games. Meanwhile Olivia, being played as a closer, was 1-1 with a 2.33 era through 18 games (19.1 innings). In the All Star Game, the South dominated as they won 10-2 with last year’s league MVP Louisa Garcia earning the All Star MVP award.

New York pulled away in the second half of the season and won the North division by 5 games as they finished 66-34. They would be the only northern representative in the postseason as Richmond went 72-28 to win the South with Charlotte and Salisbury filling the wildcards at 67-33 and 62-38 respectively.

Richmond and New York beat their opponents in 4 to face off in the WBLA Cup. Richmond’s dynasty title would have to wait as New York fought back from a 3-1 deficit to claim their first title since 2020 and the North’s first cup win since Cape Cod in 2024. The win also stopped Richmond from winning three-in-a-row.
Despite a drop in her stats, Keesha DeWilliams had the league’s average for the fifth straight season as she hit for .382. While retaining the RBI title (118), Louisa Garcia also broke out and took the home run title too, hitting 36 long balls across the season. Last year’s triple crown winner, Lenora Pena, retrained her ERA and Ks titles, pitching 1.97 and striking out 146. However, she fell three wins short of winnigest pitcher Josie Sanchez of Richmond, who went 16-3 in 21 starts (compared to Pena’s 13-1 in the same amount of starts).

To no-one’s surprise, Breanna Dudley won Rookie of the Year. She had hit .366 and 23 home runs for Beaver. Her sister had finished with a 2.30 ERA and 13 saves in 31 games for Roanoke. Pena collected her second Pitcher of the Year award, only the second player to win it more than once. Finally, Keesha DeWilliams won her second MVP award.

Edith Fitzsimmons, the long time Valkyrie who had played the 2029 season in Huntington, retired. The shortstop had played 611 games after being drafted in the first round of the inaugural draft. A four-time Cherry Zeck Award winner, Fitzsimmons hit .317 across her career and was the 2020 home run league leader. Another New York icon who retired was fan-favourite Joan Shea. On November 25th, Shea played a testimonial game at the Brooklyn Cyclones’ MCU Park. She played the first four innings as a Valkyrie and the last four as a Valiant, a homage to her constant jumping between teams. The league also said goodbye to Abigail Lawlor, one of the sportswriters who had helped start the league, after she passed away at the end of a years-long battle with cancer.

The commissioner’s office announced a number of changes for the 2030 season- the season would be extended to 120 games and the playoffs would be expanded to include six teams, regardless of division. This meant that division winners were no longer guaranteed a playoff place. The playoffs would now consist of two best of one matches (#4 @ #3, #6 @ #5) before continuing as before. The league also announced that the Pitcher of the Year award would be renamed the Madeeha Baqri Award and that the WBLA Cup would be the Abigail Lawlor Trophy. There were also plans to hold off on expansions until at least 2035.
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Asheville began the 2030 draft by selecting Oklahoma pitcher Nora Lowry. Asheville was one of those teams who always said it was going to be their year but were never able to follow through. The Dudley twins, drafted first and second last year, were hoping for an equally productive sophomore year. Breanna had won Rookie of the Year while Olivia had played admirably as a closer.

At the All Star break, Bristol held a four and half game lead at the top of the North Division while Charlotte led the South by 14. The Storm were slumping, holding onto the 6th seed playoff spot by two games. A surprise team, currently sitting at the 5th seed, was Huntington. The Forresters had never really challenged for a playoff spot but had broken out in the new seeding format. The North beat the South 4-2 in the All Star Game, with Jayla Van Iderstine taking the MVP award.
Bristol only extended their lead throughout the rest of the season and finished top of the North at 84-36. Second and third place Cape Cod and New York also made the playoffs as the #3 and #5 seeds respectively. Huntington missed the playoffs by two games but it was good to see a team challenge the hold of the ‘Founding Four’. Charlotte won the South with ease, matching Bristol’s 84-36 record. Richmond and Salisbury also progressed to the postseason as the #4 and #6 picks.

Richmond shutout Cape Cod 4-0 while Salisbury beat New York 4-2 in the single-game play-in matches. In the shortened semifinals, reduced to a five-game series due to the extra round, Bristol swept Richmond. Meanwhile, Charlotte dropped game 3 to Salisbury but still managed to finish the series in 4. In the Abigail Lawlor Trophy series, Bristol found themselves leading 3-1 going into game 5. However, Charlotte rallied and brought the series even, forcing a game 7. However, Charlotte would be punished late in the game. Holding a 2-1 lead in the 7th, the Valiant failed to capitalise on a bases-loaded opportunity, with a fly ball by Lulu Casares ending the inning. In the bottom half, Bristol scored six runs off middle reliever Ray Moloney and by the time the third out was made, the Bristol had essentially won the game. Bristol became the first expansion team to win the league following the all-2021 expansion final.

Christine Carter of Bristol became the new batting average champion as Keesha DeWilliams fell to third. Carter hit .368, as well as 32 home runs. Japanese rookie Taasa Hirano of Hamilton was the home run champion however as she hit 41 bombs in her first year in the league. She also lead in RBIs with 124. Bristol’s Glenda Latimer led the league in ERA at 2.65 across 24 starts. Charlotte’s Connie Boudreau beat her to the wins title however with 16. New York’s Davina Aragon was the strikeout queen with 151.

Charlotte’s Dutch rookie, Ingrid Geijtenbeek, took home Rookie of the Year with a .337 batting average and 35 home runs. Glenda Latimer took home the Madeeha Baqri Award with her 15-3 record, 2.65 and 129 Ks. Keesha DeWilliams won her third MVP award with a .348 batting average, 24 home runs and 7.4 WAR.

The old guard shrunk a little more with the retirement of Mica Agazzi. The Salisbury pitcher played 180 games, finishing her career 63-34 with 4.29 ERA and 829 Ks. Also gone was Chrissy Jones, who played 688 games for Richmond, New York, Charlotte and Asheville. She hit .297 with 64 home runs and 330 RBIs. Jack Head, one of the pitchers who appeared in the league’s first ever game, also hung up their glove, playing in 206 games with a 69-25 record.
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Regina began the draft by selecting third basewoman Jay Manley out of Manhattan College. Manley was projected to be a solid all-round hitter with versatile infield defence. 2030 no.1 pick, Nora Lowry, played fifty games for Asheville, going 4-3 with 2 saves and a 4.27 ERA.

The league is not usually one for blockbuster trades but at the deadline, Charlotte dealt veteran pitcher Connie Boudreau for former independent leaguer Millie Quarles. Boudreau had had a poor season so far, with an 0-1 record in 4 starts with an ERA over 9.00. Quarles, a right fielder, was hitting .258.

At the All Star break, the league was seeing something of an expansion team insurgency. Hamilton and Bristol were locked in a battle at the top of the North division, with Hamilton holding a one-game lead. Meanwhile, Asheville were third in the South, challenging for a playoff spot while Charlotte and Richmond battled for first place. The North won the All Star game 7-6, with Bristol’s Christine Carter taking the MVP.

At season’s end, Bristol had ended up top of North at 65-55. However, Hamilton and New York were tied at 64-56, both earning postseason berths. Meanwhile, Charlotte took the South with 81 wins as Richmond finished second (77-43) with Ashville also finishing strong at 75-45.

As division leaders were not guaranteed top seeding, Bristol were forced to play in the play-in round against #3 Asheville. Danielle Gianni struck 8 out as the Asheville held off a late rally by Bristol to win 8-4. Meanwhile, Hamilton beat New York 8-4 to progress deeper into their first playoff run. Asheville’s run ended in the semifinals as Charlotte beat them 3-1. However, Hamilton pulled off a shock series win against Richmond, taking the series in 4 against the 4-time champions. The two teams traded wins back and forth until it came to game 6. Charlotte entered with a 3-2 series lead and by the 7th inning, they were 5-0 up. However, a home run by Kenya Burch gave Hamilton 2 in the top of the 8th before another by Tammy Jones in the top of the 9th brought the score to 5-4. However, with runners of base, the Vibes just couldn’t bring them home and Charlotte secured their first championship.
Keesha DeWilliams regained the batting title, hitting .394 in her 8th season. Louisa Garcia led in home runs with 45 and Jayla Van Iderstine took home the RBI title with 128. Edna Buck of Asheville lead in ERA (2.27) and Wins (14 in 23 starts) with Jen Seward of Cape Cod was strikeout queen with 147.

Asheville’s Danielle Gianni won Rookie of the Year thanks to her 11-5 record and 3.03 ERA. She became the first ever pitcher to win Rookie of the Year. Edna Buck won the Madeeha Baqri Award while Louisa Garcia won her third MVP title.
The two major retirements of the season were Jaime Boyle and Dawn Constable. Boyle was a 5th round pick in the inaugural draft and hit .349 across 833 games for Salisbury and Regina. She also hit 95 home runs and 547 RBIs. Boyle won the 2023 MVP award along with 2 defensive player awards at SS and 6 Cherry Zeck awards. Constable pitched in 214 games, going 99-59 with 1307 Ks. She began her career in Cape Cod but played for New York, Bristol and Richmond as well.

A major change was announced for 2035- the league would expand to 24 teams across 3 divisions- east, central and west. The league was growing more and more popular and cities across the country wanted in. The league revealed its new structure (from 2035 onwards) on December 1st (new teams in CAPITALS).

Eastern Division
Asheville, Bristol, Cape Cod, Charlotte, New York, Richmond, Roanoke, Salisbury

Central Division
Beaver, Hamilton, HASTINGS (Nebraska), Huntington, JASPER (Texas), ODESSA (Texas), SASKATOON (Saskatchewan, relocation of Regina Snowcats), WICHITA (Kansas)

Western Division
ANCHORAGE (Alaska), BAKERSFIELD (California), LAKEWOOD (Colorado), PORTLAND (Oregon), PROVO (Utah), SEATTLE (Washington), TWIN FALLS (Idaho), VANCOUVER (British Columbia)

The playoffs would adopt a 16-team format, played best of three in the opening rounds, best of five in the semifinals and best of seven in the finals. The top four from each division, as well as four wildcards, would play in the postseason.

It was a big change but one the league felt would best suit their needs.
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Regina opened the draft with high school phenom Victoria Miranda. The pitcher had managed a 0.60 ERA across 12 starts (9-0 in decisions) and 90.1 innings. Their first round pick from 2031, Jay Manley, hit .263 across 118 games.
At the deadline, Bristol made waves as they acquired 2030 no. 1 pick Nora Lowry from Asheville. At that point in the season, Lowry was 9-8 in 24 starts. They acquired her for the .386 hitting Brie Rogers and #55 prospect, Lorna Arellano. Bristol also acquired international free agent Lassie Wickwilder of the Cook Islands. In the standings, Hamilton lead the North while teams 1-5 in the south held the other 5 playoff spots.

By the All Star break, things had barely changed. Bristol now led the North at 34-23 and Huntington, at 32-25, had managed to break the southern monopoly, sitting in the 5th playoff spot. Asheville lead the south with a record of 41-19 with Charlotte, Richmond and Salisbury filling out the rest of the playoff spots. However, it was the north that dominated in the All Star game, with Hamilton’s Kenya Burch going 3 for 5 with 2 home runs to secure All Star MVP.

Bristol held on to win the north with a record of 75-55. Huntington (66-54) and New York (62-58) snuck into the playoffs as the 5th and 6th seeds, with Huntington holding on as they had done all season and New York taking the seeding due to a late push. Ashville took the south after another strong season, going 86-34 while Charlotte (79-41) and Richmond (74-46) filled out the rest of the playoff picture.
Bristol beat Richmond resoundingly with an 8-2 victory at Bear Park. Meanwhile, Huntington silenced New York 7-1 in their first ever playoff game. However, they proved no match for Charlotte and were beaten in four in the semifinals. Bristol and Asheville went the distance but in the end Bristol prevailed, shutting out Asheville 9-0 in game 5. Charlotte never looked out of sorts and won in five games to retain the title, becoming the third back-to-back champions in league history.
Keesha DeWilliams once again led in batting average as she continued to define herself as one of the league’s best hitters. .402 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI as DeWilliams put up more MVP-calibre numbers. Louisa Garcia lead in home runs with 40 and Huntington’s Bab White, a strong hitter in their own right, lead in RBIs with 122. Bristol’s Glenda Latimer lead on the mound with a 2.46 ERA and 154 Ks while Edna Buck and Danielle Giannini split the title of winningest pitcher with 16 wins in 24 starts.

Roanoke’s Marsha Harvey won Rookie of the Year with .269 and 10 home runs. The Madeeha Baqri Award went to Giannini with her 16-3 record, 2.50 ERA and 144 Ks. To no-one’s surprise, Keesha DeWilliams won MVP, the fourth of her nine-season career.

After breaking a bone in her elbow during the season, 2030 Rookie of the Year Ingrid Geijtenbeek retired from baseball due to the injury. Also retiring was veteran Taylor DeVos. DeVos spent her entire career in Cape Cod, playing in over 1000 games and managing a .296 batting average. A power hitter at her core, she hit 241 home runs In her career, DeVos was a 5-time All Star and 5-time Cherry Zeck award winner.
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Beaver opened the draft by selecting Harrisburg High School pitcher Keegan Yearick. There was special promise in Yearick’s stuff and changeup. Last season’s no. 1, Victoria Miranda, played 21 games for Regina with a 2-3 record and 1 save with a 6.60 ERA.

At the All Star break, Bristol led the North by 9 games as Huntington and New York duked it out for second as they shared a 29-28 record. However, Hamilton and Cape Cod only sat a game behind them at 28-29. The South was a lot clearer cut. Asheville lead at 42-15 with Richmond five games behind them and Charlotte three games behind Richmond. With Salisbury ten games behind Charlotte, the South looked set while the North remained all to play for. The North won the All Star Game 8-5 for their fourth straight ASG win.

Bristol went on to the win the North with an impressive 75-45 record, with Cape Cod and New York also progressing to the playoffs, albeit with sub-70 win seasons. Asheville broke out to a record-breaking 94-26 season, with Richmond and Charlotte filling out the playoffs.

Bristol and New York progressed through the best of one play-in round. Bristol held off a late rally by Richmond to beat them 5-3 in a match played at UConn’s J.O. Christian Field (as the teams were tied in the regular season standings, a neutral venue was selected and Bristol designated the home team by the flip of a coin). Meanwhile, New York devastated Cape Cod, beating them 12-3. Both semifinals lasted five games. Bristol rallied after trailing 2-1 in the series to beat Ashville while New York did the same to beat Charlotte, denying the Valiant the chance to go back-to-back-to-back. In the Abigail Lawlor Trophy series, Bristol’s pitching let them down as New York forced a game seven after being 3-1 down in the series. A pair of home runs helped New York win their fourth WBLA title.
Keesha DeWilliams was once again the batting average leader at .399, as well as finishing 5th in home runs with 38 and t-6th in RBIs with 110. The home run queen was Hamilton’s Kenya Burch with 45 while Asheville’s Carla Vasquez drove in 136 runs. Bristol’s Alex Quirk took home the ERA and wins title with a 2.36 ERA and 16 wins in 24 starts. However, she was denied the triple crown as she finished in 3rd in Ks with 138. Cape Cod’s Jen Seward took that title with 156.

Ashville’s Park Hye-song won Rookie of the Year. The closer went 6-1 with 25 saves a 2.10 ERA. While missing out on the triple crown, Alex Quirk won the Madeeha Baqri Award while Keesha DeWilliams won her fifth MVP title. 2033 also marked the second time she had won the award in back-to-back seasons.
The biggest names to retire at the end of the season were Billie Eischens and Denise Marechal. Marechal was a first-round pick in the inaugural draft and played her entire career in Cape Cod. She hit .323 in 1174 games along with being a 7-time All Star, 9-time Defensive Player Award at 3B and a 6-time Cherry Zeck Award winner. The Defensive Player of the Year Award was renamed the Marechal Award for Outstanding Fielding Award in her honour. Eischens was one of the faces of the league- a 3-time MVP, 7-time All Star, 9-time Cherry Zeck winner and four championship rings. She hit .351 in 1100 games. Salisbury, the team she spent most of her career with, renamed their stadium in her honour.

Furthermore, due to efficient work on all sides, the expansion planned for 2035 was able to be moved up a year and so the biggest reshuffle and expansion since the league split into two divisions began in early December. With the first overall pick of the expansion draft, the Lakewood Mountaineers chose Dana Brannerman, a pitcher from Cape Cod. Brannerman was a 4th-round pick out of St Francis Xavier in the 2026 draft. She has a career ERA of 6.60 in 72 games, with a 9-16 record. Other notable names to go in the drafted included Kerry Hendrickson to Portland and Irina Rybkin to Lakewood.

The playoffs for 2034 would also see the 16-team bracket used for the first time. The rule remained that it would feature the top 16 teams in the league, with no divisional guarantees. A double eliminated bracket was floated but later dismissed as the league did not desire the playoffs to become overly bloated.

For better or for worse, 2034 was going to prove an interesting year.
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