Regan Nash officially inscribed her name into history Tuesday night at Phil Welch Stadium.
The Camden Point native became the first female to play for the St. Joseph Mustangs (16-14, 13-13 MINK) in the top of the fourth.
On hand were 3,441 witnesses to St. Joseph’s 6-4 victory over the Ban Johnson All-Stars, including her parents Kim and Jim Nash.
“It’s amazing,” Kim Nash said. “She’s always been determined in everything she’s done with all her sports. This is just one more thing where she gets to do exactly what she wants to do.”
The Mustangs announced Regan Nash’s signing June 29. She was supposed to debut June 30 against the St. Joseph Mustangs Alumni. Mother Nature had other plans, dumping rain down leading to the game’s cancellation.
Mustangs manager Johnny Coy ensured Regan Nash would play in Tuesday’s game upon the cancellation.
Coy fulfilled his promise after the third inning, sending Nash to take over for Patrick Dillon in left field.
“It couldn’t have been any better,” Coy said. “It worked out perfectly. It was really great. I could tell she was a little nervous, but she had a good time. That’s what it’s all about.”
The All-SEC Mizzou softball athlete struck out in her only appearance at plate. She pitch ran for Alex Phillips in the fifth, marking her final appearance of the game.
“It was so much fun,” she said. “I feel if I would have had a lot more practice I would have been a lot better. I just hope I prove the stuff I’m trying to prove.”
Nash entered the summer as an intern for the Mustangs, but was approached with the opportunity to play by general manager Ky Turner and owner Dan Gerson
It marked a chance to break barriers and pursue an interest she has always had.
“She’s always been in love with softball,” Jim Nash said. “But baseball has been always a passion of hers.”
St. Joseph trailed the All-Stars 2-0 after 1.5 innings. The Mustangs scored three in the bottom of the second to take the lead.
They scored three more runs by the end of the fifth. The Mustangs host the Sedalia Bombers at 7 p.m.