Douglass baseball coach Peter Slaughter thinks more girls will continue to play sports such as baseball and football.
The Trojans coach has four girls — Jasmine Searcy, Brittani Hughes, Asia Hampton and Krishna Moon — on his team this season, mostly because the school did not have a softball team this season.
With those four joining U.S. Grant's Judith Alvarado as female high school baseball players in the Oklahoma City metro, Slaughter believes there is a movement starting.
“I think it's just the attitude of the girls,” he said. “They want to be a part of a team and they want to prove themselves.
“I think Oklahoma City is moving to be more empowering of women themselves, and I see it happening more and more because girls want to prove that they can be just as good as guys on the field.”
Douglass also had two girls on the football team last season — Talitha Byrd and Dominique Adams. They even had a minor impact with Adams catching a pass in a game.
The girls on the baseball team have played sparingly, Slaughter said, with Moon providing a nice highlight with a double.
But there has been some resistance from some of the male athletes, Slaughter said.
When some of the baseball players found out there would be girls on the team, they refused to play. The Trojans, in turn, moved on with the girls.
“It took me a little bit to get them on the side of, ‘Hey, these girls are out here and they're working hard,'” Slaughter said. “After awhile the guys started realizing there's no reason we shouldn't have these girls on our team because they work hard.
“They realize in the end that was those guys' choices not to be on the team. They lost no respect for the girls whatsoever because there were guys that were great athletes refusing to play because they were on the team.”