OKLAHOMA CITY — When Kylee Rounsaville helps prep and maintain the field for games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark this summer, she is making Oklahoma City baseball history in the process.
Kylee became the first female grounds crew member in the 16-year history of the Oklahoma City RedHawks when she joined head groundskeeper Monte McCoy's staff this spring.
The Oklahoma City University softball catcher has helped maintain her home field at Ann Lacy Stadium since she started playing there in 2011.
When she learned of an opportunity to work on the RedHawks home field this season, she jumped at the chance.
"It's a dream job," Kylee said. "It really is, especially for an athlete that likes to be out on the field."
Kylee, 21, grew up in Mustang, playing softball for the last 18 years. The avid baseball fan has attended RedHawks games since her childhood. Now she gets a new perspective working the dirt and manicuring the infield before, during and after games.
Two Major League Baseball teams – the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles – have head groundskeepers who are women, but female grounds crew members are still a rarity in baseball. Kylee knows she holds a unique position and is excited to be trailblazing.
She said she often amazes people when she tells them about her summer job – and also gets double-takes when she works out on the field.
"A lot of people are surprised more than anything, and then they are like, 'oh well, a girl can do that," Kylee said. "That's more the surprising part, the fact that people don't think that girls can do what guys can do, or girls don't know as much about baseball as guys know. I've watched baseball my whole life. I soak it up like a sponge."