Female Miami Dade College softball player gets noticed by MLB – Miami Herald

Melissa Mayeux, a freshman from France, has yet to play an official softball game — at any level — yet she will be the starting shortstop and hit in the middle of the Miami Dade College batting order this season.

How did Mayeux get so good at softball despite no experience?

Here’s how: She grew up playing baseball with and against boys in France and was the only female on the French Under-18 Junior National Team.

She’s so talented that Major League Baseball took notice of her.

Melissa Mayeux, a Miami Dade College freshman from France, recently became the first female player added to MLB’s international registration list.

SARAH MAITLAND Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Former major-league stars Barry Larkin and Steve Finley have worked with her at camps, and she recently became the first female player added to MLB’s international registration list.

In other words, she is now eligible to be signed by a Major League Baseball organization.

But, until or unless that happens, she will happily play softball for MDC, where she’s on scholarship.

“She’s good,” MDC coach Gina DeAguero said. “She’s athletic, and she’s really good at making adjustments right then and there.”

Adjustments will be needed since there are many differences between baseball and softball.

For example, baseball pitchers throw overhand, use a smaller ball and the distance between the mound and home plate is 60 feet, 6 inches. Softball pitchers throw underhand, use a bigger ball, and the distance between the mound and home is 43 feet.

And that short of a distance can being fairly uncomfortable for batters who are

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