PROFILE — Faster than a cheetah, Raine Padgham throws 83 m.p.h. fastball

Story by CBC Kids News • 2020-09-09 14:43

The pink-haired pitcher already has goals of throwing faster

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Raine Padgham


Abbotsford, B.C.



Picture of a smiling Raine

According to her website, Raine Padgham started dyeing her hair pink at a young age to ensure that her opponents knew it was a girl who struck them out. (Image Credit: RainePadgham/Twitter)

Claim to fame

Last week, Raine came close to breaking the record for fastest women’s fastball pitch ever.

Her 83 m.p.h. (134 km/h) pitch was clocked during a training session at Baseball B.C. High Performance Camp at Whalley Athletic Park in Surrey, B.C., on Sept. 2.

Baseball officials say they can’t confirm whether she actually broke the world record because statistics for the sport aren’t well kept.

The Guinness World Book of Records says the fastest pitch ever thrown by a female player was 69 m.p.h. (111 km/h).

It just kid of happened, I was super-surprised at myself. I'd never broken the 80 m.p.h milestone.

But Baseball Canada’s André LaChance said he’s seen a handful of female pitchers in the U.S. and Japan throw harder (in the mid-80s).

Still, he said the pitch was remarkable — especially for a 15-year-old.

Canadian Women's Team pitching coach Anthony Pluta agreed.

Gif of Raine pitching

(Video Credit: RainePadgham/Twitter)

“I've seen some pretty hard fastballs,” he said, “but that's the hardest I've seen from a girl in my short time with the national team."

How fast was Raine’s pitch? Let’s compare.

Raine's fastball speed: 83 m.p.h (134 km/h) Average walking speed: 3 m.p.h (4.8 km/h) Average cheetah run: 60 m.p.h. (96.5 km/h) LaFerrari top speed: 220 m.p.h. (350 km/h)

Raine has already set a goal of pitching even faster, setting her sights at 85 m.p.h.

“It gives me something to work for and to challenge myself with,” she said.

So keep your eyes peeled (and your head ducked) for her next pitch!

TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Submitted by Allan Padgham
With files from Karin Larsen/CBC

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