MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Remi Schaber fell in love with America’s pastime at a young age, with a pink baseball glove. When girls would move from tee ball to softball, her dad encouraged her to stick to what she loved.
“Ever since I was little, I was like I can be different,” Schaber said. “And I loved baseball, so I kept playing.”
That’s when Schaber started breaking barriers and proved she belonged in the sport. Her name circulated among coaches and eventually got to Lausanne head baseball coach, Chris Mitchell.
“She was playing travel ball, she happened to be playing against a friend of mine’s son,” Mitchell remembered. “He told me about Remi and told me have you ever seen her play? I hadn’t, so I went and watched a game with him. I think somewhere in the game there was a joke made and I said, ‘I’ll take her.’”
Three years into playing baseball at Lausanne, Schaber plays third base and is a pitcher on varsity.
“It is fun playing on a baseball team with guys. It is fun, but it’s also a lot more than that,” she said.
Schaber is the only girl in Memphis.. playing high school baseball. Competing and challenging the boys. According to Mitchell, “She wants to be just another member of the team. And whether it comes to the weight room or on the ball field, she’s going to challenge everyone.”
“Trying to keep up with the boys in things outside of baseball. And all the things you have to do for it, it’s a good challenge, so I’d say I keep up pretty well,” Schaber added.
That goes beyond her teammates. She’s heard it all. From the supporters, to the doubters. All of which inspire her to play at her best.
“A coach actually brought the outfield in when she came up to bat. As fate would have it, she burned the center fielder. Hit one about 350 feet to dead center. Double or triple, I think triple and that was pretty satisfying,” Mitchell laughed.
According to Schaber, when she steps on the diamond, it’s a feeling of comfort. A mature response for a 17-year-old girl breaking through glass ceilings and realizing what she’s doing can inspire and pave way for girls to continue to go after what they want.
“You can never look at someone and be like I know exactly who you are and what you can do. It’s always like ok, maybe if it’s a girl playing baseball, maybe she can do more,” Schaber said. “That’s what Coach Mitchell did for me. He saw me play and was like you know she can play for us. It just takes one yes to open the door for other people. I think as more girls go into the sport and just see more girls like me, I think it will open a lot of other opportunities for other people.”
Schaber’s goal doesn’t end at Lausanne baseball. She’s working to get a scholarship to play baseball at the collegiate level.