I'm skeptical too. And I'm the proud parent of 2 daughters that played different sports growing up.
The guy's daughter played in the system for over 5 years working up through the boys league gaining experience and being taught some skills just by attending practices and working at the game. She still ends up the last kid drafted onto one of the teams...behind, I presume, some boys that maybe joined the system for the first time? This Dad was pushing his daughter to stay in the system when she couldn't get drafted in front of one kid? Why didn't he supplement her practices with private coaching so she wasn't the perennial bench warmer/bat boy? And all the other girls eventually dropped out of the league over the years, and I'm guessing some boys too because they didn't have the athleticism and/or skills to play at this level. How miserable must she have been to be selected last and then be the subject of negative attention? Read some of the comments following this article...there were many guys that gave reports of playing with girls and in many cases, the girls were superior players and I'm of the opinion the girls were having fun in this competition.
And if it was true the coaches called for her to be beaned, shame on them and they should not only be relieved of their duties, but perma banned. Too bad they didn't understand how to 'hide' your worst player in the field or in the line-up for the league's minimum innings required of all players (if applicable).
And my last point, a "bean ball" very rarely means throwing at the player's head. I had a win at all costs, war ball attitude against the opposing team when I played ball (from little league up to American Legion for a year) and was the recipient of several bean balls I took on the mid to upper body. Never once was my head the target because that is a serious attack at all levels. The author of this commentary piece should be nominated to receive a participation ribbon for his 'nice try'.