Diamilette Quiles will become the first woman to ever play in the Double-A Superior League, the top level competition of the Baseball Federation of Puerto Rico (Federación de Béisbol Aficionado de Puerto Rico), when she makes the field at first base for the Montañeses de Utuado against the Patrolmen of San Sebastian at the Ramón Cabañas stadium in Utuado on Sunday, 19 May, at 10.30 am local time.
“I am very happy, this is one more achievement in my career,” commented Diamilette Quiles “I am always proud when I get the chance to represent my people in Utuado. Whenever I compete, I always give the best of me.”
On a final note, Quiles added: “I thank the Baseball Federation and the Utuado Highlanders board for the opportunity to be the first woman to play Double-A baseball.”
Diamilette Quiles, 33, has enjoyed an outstanding ten-year career in Puerto Rico’s Women’s Baseball League. She earned nine league titles representing the Lobas de Arecibo. She was the batting champion of the 2018-2019 season with a .611 batting average.
Quiles represented internationally Puerto Rico in two WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cups.
“It’s something never before seen in our Double-A Superior Baseball League. We understand it will be another opportunity to expose the talent of women’s baseball and continue to promote inclusion in the sport,” said Dr José Quiles Rosas, president of the Baseball Federation of Puerto Rico.
Quiles Rosas added: “I am sure the signature of Diamilette Quiles will open the door for more women to be motivated to play baseball and other teams of Superior Double Baseball A emulate Utuado by giving the opportunity to talented players of our female tournament”
Rafael Juarbe Pagan, the President of the Montañeses de Utuado, commented: “This is not just a symbolic signing, it represents much more. It will contribute to closing the gender-gap and will help demonstrate that in many cases women can compete with men.”
Women’s Baseball is a fast-growing discipline. WBSC and its continental body Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) recently announced the launching of a new European Championship, that will also serve as a qualifier to the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup.