Pioneers attend 1st ever USA Baseball Girls Camp

15 Pioneers attended the inaugural girls baseball camp hosted by USA Baseball at the National Training Complex in Cary, NC, August 4-6, 2011.

While there, the campers and their families were also treated to the women's International Friendly tournament being played by Team USA and the women's national team from Canada.  7 members of the 2011 TEAM USA squad have worn the Pioneers uniform.  The players were able to meet other baseball girls from around the country and hope this becomes a USA Baseball annual event.

Chicago Pioneers Alumnae on 2010 WNT

Katie Bilan, from Raleigh, North Carolina, played 8 games with the Pioneers in Chicago in 2010.  She is pictured here with Chicago Pioneers alumnae Lindsay Horwitz and Ashley Sujkowski, both members of USA Baseball's Women's World Cup National Team in 2010.  Lindsay is one of the 12 original Chicago Pioneers and Ashley "Suj" Sujkowski has been her Pioneers teammate since 2007.  Both players were USA Baseball WNT members in 2007 also.

Check out the video about Ashley's experience with Team USA    

The Chicago Pioneers 12U Girls Baseball Team is on its way to Cooperstown to compete at Dreams Park beginning August 29, 2009

The Pioneers will play baseball at Cooperstown in its inauguralDreams Park logo  Cooperstown Classic. We are to be the first US all-girls youth baseball team to play there in their 13 year history of running tournaments in which 100+ 12U teams from across the country play in on a weekly basis.

The Pioneers roster of 10-12 year olds was the program's 4th team to complete play in the North Shore Baseball League, a travel boys baseball league that serves 30 or so north and northwest communities.

"The Pioneers are attracting the girls who are playing on elite boys travel teams and thought this would be a great next step for the team and the program and the growth of girls baseball. Everyone is excited about this opportunity," said Mary Jo Stegeman, founder of the Pioneers whose program has grown tenfold in 4 seasons. My daughter Joni, who was a member of the first two national women's baseball teams in the United States, was right....."Baseball is baseball for girls, not softball. Softball is a different sport. Baseball is a sport and girls want to play it."

And they are.


Chicago Pioneers Saluted as "Outstanding Women in Sports" during Women's History Month Celebration

The Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, has selected the Chicago Pioneers Girls Baseball Club as one of the honorees during the Women's History Month Celebration.

The Pioneers will join other outstanding women sports models at a "Share the Love" celebration on Thursday, March 27, from 5-7 PM at the Chase Tower Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn, Chicago.

See the Women's History Month flyer ...

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Pioneers Are 15U National Champions

The Pioneers won the first Girls Baseball 15U National Championship at the Roy Hobbs women's national tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.  The inaugural 15U Girls Baseball National Championship tournament was played October 26-28, 2007.  The Pioneers defeated the Pawtucket Slaterettes of Rhode Island 3 games to 1.

15U Girls Results

Roy Hobbs Women's Page

Lindsay Horwitz selected to 2007 USA Baseball
Women's National Team

Lindsay Horwitz, Team USAChicago Pioneers infielder and pitcher Lindsay Horwitz, age 15, from Gurnee joined the 2007 USA Baseball women's national team in Cary, NC for the Women's International Friendship Tournament.

The United States, Canadian and Japanese national women's baseball teams played a six-game round-robin tournament at the USA Baseball national training complex on September 1-3.

Lindsay contributed by pitching three strong innings for Team USA and by driving in the go-ahead run against Team Canada.

See 2007 Team USA roster ...


Chicago Pioneers Play Fall Ball in 2007

The North Shore Youth Baseball Association invited the Pioneers to participate in their Fall Ball league  on weekends from September 8 - October 21.  Carrying a roster of 17 players ages 11-15 the Pioneers went 3-4 in the all boys league.

The Pioneers welcome girls 16 and over who are looking for elite tournament play on the Pioneers travel team and also welcome young players from other areas of the country who wish to play baseball on a league or tournament team.

For more information check out the NSYBA web site



First All-girls Baseball Games at Thillens Stadium

Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Ginger Gascon Ginger Gascon -JT Photos threw out the first pitch at Thillens Stadium on July 25, 2007 to open these special events honoring girls who "just want to play baseball."








Jackie Baumgart and Pioneers


All-American Jackie Baumgart came to Thillens Stadium on August 1, 2007 to show her support for the Chicago Pioneers Girls Program.

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Pioneers 16 & Over Tournament Team Shines in Detroit

Play baseball with the Chicago Pioneers 16 & over girls tournament team. The Pioneers played in the elite division of the Can-Am International Women's tournament in Detroit from June 30-July 2, 2007.

The Pioneers came away with a 2-2 record against some of the best competition in the nation. Next up is the National Championships in Ft. Myers in October.

Chicago Pioneers 15U Girls Split the CAN-AM Youth Series in Detroit with the Pawtucket Slaterettes

The Chicago Pioneers 15U youth team played a spirited four game series against the Pawtucket Slaterettes at the CAN-AM International Championship in Detroit on June 30-July 1, 2007.

Both teams finished at 2-2 but the Chicago Pioneers 15U team won their Finals contest defeating the Pawtucket Slaterettes, 5-4 on a bases loaded walk-off suicide squeeze play in the 6th inning  Both teams look forward to meeting again in October at the Roy Hobbs National Championship, October 26-28 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Lindsay Horwitz makes Warren Township baseball team

Lindsay Horwitz - photo By Michael Schmidt of the News-SunLindsay Horwitz, age 15, tried out and made the Warren Township High School (Chicago area) freshman baseball team.

Lindsay made her debut at second base with the Warren High School Blue Devils freshman team.


14U Pioneers Capture Women's World Series

The Chicago Pioneers 14U baseball team, based in the north suburbs, became the first female girls baseball team from the U.S. to capture an international tournament Monday at the Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Pioneers tore through a field of teams from Canada and Australia and claimed the title at the Sunshine Showdown held at Walt Disney World by edging Canada 7-6 in Monday's championship game. The Chicago squad outscored the competition 71-20 in five games, tripping Canada 15-5 and 9-7 and Australia 20-2 and 20-0 twice to advance to the title game. Read the article...

See the trophy ...

News archives...

news archives Read the news articles covering the journey of the Chicago Pioneers 14U girls baseball team as they prepared and won the girls division of the 2006 Women's World Series.