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July 5, 2013

Raking a new path: OCU catcher joins RedHawks Grounds Crew

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OKLAHOMA CITY — "That's the main thing," he said. "l can train. You don't have to have baseball experience necessarily. Really it's just being good people, and being willing to work long hours."

Kylee even encouraged one of her softball teammates to get involved and quickly doubled the number of women on the RedHawks grounds crew.

Danielle Fox, a pitcher at OCU, started working on the grounds crew with Kylee in June. Both had always worked indoor jobs and cherish the chance to work outdoors at the ballpark.

Kylee said it's also great to work for Monte.

"He works with me and teaches me how to do stuff rather than throwing me out to the sharks," she said. "He's awesome. He teaches and understands everything out here. If you have any questions, he can answer anything. He's a really good boss."

Monte said Kylee and Dani are trailblazers in the field for Oklahoma City.

"I always tease them about that – that they are an inspiration to all those little girls out there thinking that they can be grounds crew members too," Monte said.

Kylee gladly accepts the role and said working on the RedHawks grounds crew is a job she'll always remember.

"I don't even feel like I am coming to work when I come here," she said.

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