2003 Season Highlights
The Chicago Gems completed their first season as a team. The highlight was the Labor Day Tournament in South Bend, where five Gems -Amy, Yasmin, Christen, Amabelle and Elizabeth- competed for the first time in the Gems uniform as part of a combination team with the Cleveland Comets and Detroit Danger. The Gems went 2-2, winning one game by the mercy rule. The Gems also had the distinction of losing by the least number of runs (10) to the North Shore Spirit, the eventual runners-up in the National Championship tournament. Photos
Amy and Elizabeth participated in the historic American Women's Baseball 24-Hour Game October 18-19 in Tuscon, AZ. The game raised $64,000 for the charity US Doctors for Africa. Monies raised will be spent on medicine and training personnel in local African hospitals in order to promote birthing of healthy babies. Specifically, the goal is birthing babies free of HIV and sustaining the lives of the mothers who are infected. The game will go on record with the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the longest game ever played. All players signed a ball that will be displayed at the Hall of Fame. Women from all over the country, plus five players from Japan, participated in this event. A few members of the ALl-American Girls Professional Baseball League played in the game as well. The game was held at Tuscon Electric Park, the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox.Photos. Another person's diary from the event.
Amy played with the Cleveland Comets in the 2003 Roy Hobbs Women's World Series/AAU National Championship in November in Ft. Myers.
Four members of the Gems played in the Chicago-Manitoba series June 21-22. Yasmin played for the Storm, Elizabeth and Amabelle made their baseball debuts with Manitoba, and Amy played games for both teams. Chicago won all three games. Photo
Amy played three games with the Storm in Detroit June 12-13. Chicago swept the series, including an impressive win by the mercy rule while only fielding eight players. Amy played third, catcher, left and first for the Storm. Amy also joined the Storm for their series against the South Bend Blue Sox in July.
Christen represented the Gems in the AAU West Coast Women's Baseball Classic held July 26-27 in San Diego.
Yasmin and Amy played with the South Bend Blue Sox at the Memorial Day Citrus Blast Tournament in Ft. Myers, FL.