This article in the New York Times on girls participating in high school baseball was my inspiration for April’s book, Stolen Bases. What’s interesting about the article is the general assumption that baseball is for boys and softball is for girls. The sports, even though they seem similar, play on different fields and have a set of different rules. As one father put it, “it’s like saying ping-pong and tennis are the same sport.” In 2008, there were approximately 1,000 girls playing high school baseball. California led all states with almost 400.