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Get it, girls:

Neither (Whitcomb High sophomore Emma Gillette) nor (South Royalton School senior Emily Ballou) asked nor required Vermont Principals Association approval to play varsity baseball. The pair are among at least five to 10 girls who choose to play baseball in Vermont in any given spring, according to VPA executive director Bob Johnson.

Ballou had the money quote: “A lot of people refer to it as ‘boys baseball.’ It’s just baseball.”

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South Royalton’s Emily Ballou, one of two Upper Valley girls opting for baseball over other sports, at South Royalton at Rivendell baseball on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Orford, N.H. South Royalton won, 5-1. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Whitcomb-Rochester sophomore Emma Gillette plays right field in the seventh inning against Williamstown in Bethel, Vt., on May 15, 2017. Gillette started playing baseball when she was little with her brother Zak. “(Baseball) was harder,” she said. “It was more challenging for me.” (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.