CHICO — The Chico Outlaws announced Wednesday that they have re-signed Eri Yoshida, the 19-year-old knuckleball pitcher who last year became the second female in history to play for an American professional baseball team.
In a press release, the team cited Yoshida's desire to stay in her native Japan following the country's devastating earthquakes as her main reason for not playing thus far in the North American League, for the Outlaws or any other team. She had been under contract with Maui, in town visiting Chico currently.
Yoshida's first start is scheduled for Friday against Maui at Nettleton Stadium.
And she made another start for Samurai All Japan on 7/14:
vs Team San Diego - Yoshida gave up 8 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work. She also threw a total 89 pitches, struck out 3, and walked / hit 8 batters.
So a quick recap of her 7 outings: