The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 14, 2012

Ojanpa: Dobie pitches the game Down Under


Dobie said hosting a major league game would give baseball a huge boost in Australia, where it remains a niche sport in the shadows of Australian-rules football and cricket. 

The Amboy postmaster’s daughter is at home on ball diamonds. She played softball at Maple River High and was a two-year captain for the St. Olaf team.

She also plays outfield and pitches for a women’s baseball team in Australia, though she never played the hardball game before she went there.

“I love Australia. It has a very West Coast vibe, like San Diego or L.A.,” Dobie said of her stint in the coastal city of Perth.

She said she’s already turned “Aussie” to some extent by adopting certain turns of phrases and eating quirky foods. At baseball games, for example, the fan fare of choice are meat pies.

Dobie said no matter where her next career stop takes her, she’d like to stay involved in some capacity with Major League Baseball International.

“Like the players say, I take it one pitch at a time.”

 Brian Ojanpa is a Free Press staff writer. Call him at 344-6316 or email 


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