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Batter up during girls’ softball practice at The BASE. The Roxbury-based nonprofit will soon begin offering girls’ baseball.

Batter up during girls’ softball practice at The BASE. The Roxbury-based nonprofit will soon begin offering girls’ baseball.

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Batter up! The BASE launches girls’ baseball program

A Boston nonprofit known for combining baseball training and competition with academic and life skills support for boys has launched a new girls’ baseball program. The BASE, headquartered in Roxbury, started with a focus on boys. Founded in 2013 by Robert Lewis Jr. as an evolution of the longstanding Boston Astros team, The BASE’s vision statement includes “combining sports and academic opportunities to transform the lives of black and Latino boys.” In late 2014, a girls’ softball program was added, growing quickly to 200 participants. But The BASE’s core program remains baseball — and now baseball is for girls, too.