Girls make Chandler school history on the baseball diamond

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Savanna Creal and Deven Kircher became the first girls ever to make the Bogle Junior High School baseball team. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Savanna Creal and Deven Kircher became the first girls ever to make the Bogle Junior High School baseball team. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Two girls in Chandler are out to show baseball isn't just for the boys.

Savanna Creal and Deven Kircher became the first girls ever to make the Bogle Junior High School baseball team.

The girls played their first game Wednesday afternoon and went a combined 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Bogle won 13-1.

Creal and Kircher say they enjoy the competition baseball offers. "I just liked it more than softball because it felt more intense and stuff," Creal said.

Added Kircher, "Playing with boys, you can be tougher."

The girls were among 36 kids to try out for Bogle’s team this year. Less than half made the roster.

"Bogle, we have a very competitive team, very competitive program," said coach Brock Hughes. But he said the girls made his decision easy.

"They came out and they rocked it. Absolutely fantastic baseball players," he said.

Creal and Kircher say they have no problem gelling with their male teammates.

"It's normal for me because I've been doing that all my life," Kircher said.

The two 7th graders have been playing baseball for the last five or six years. Their moms are glad both made the cut.

“They can have that support and have even more fun, and not be in the locker room alone,” Deven's mom Kim Kircher joked.

"If you can interact with a group of 12-year-old boys and be confident and be in the mix and do that well, I think it will -- it'll help her in the classroom as she interacts and grows up and starts dating and do various other things, I think it helps her out," said Savanna's mom Joni Creal.

The girls say they don't want to stop here; they plan to try out for the 8th grade team and maybe beyond, and they have a message to other girls eyeing baseball.

"If you want to do it and you love it, then do it!" Savanna said.

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