Borders, Ila (1975–)

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Borders, Ila (1975–)

American baseball player. Born Feb 18, 1975, in La Mirada, California.

With a fastball clocked at 80 mph, was the 1st woman to earn a baseball scholarship (1993); as a lefthander, made pitching debut with the men's Southern California College Vanguards (1994); transferred to Whittier College (1997); pitched for men's pro-hardball baseball teams, including St. Paul Saints (1997), Duluth-Superior Dukes (1997–98), Madison Black Wolf, posting a 1.67 ERA (1999), all in the Northern League, and the Zion Pioneerzz in Western Baseball League; retired from competition (2000); was the 1st woman to start a pro baseball game and the 1st on record to win.