Yu Kato wants to bring women's baseball into the spotlight. She wants people to see what she can do on the diamond and also how talented the rest of her Saitama Astraia teammates are. She wants to everyone to know there is quality baseball being played in the Japan Women's Baseball League.

Mostly, she hopes to show girls with a passion for baseball they can have a future in the sport.

"When I was a kid, there weren't any women's pro leagues, and there were no goals we could set," Kato told The Japan Times before a game earlier this month. "Now that I've become a professional, I want to be the kind of player kids can look up to," she added.