“I think they’re surprised I’m playing. No one else is actually playing like a girl,” said Zoe Wood, 11, from Mullica Hill, New Jersey.
She has been playing baseball almost all her life. And she’s so good, it’s easy to miss the fact that she lacks all the fingers on her left hand.
“Sometimes they’re like, ‘May I ask you what happened to your hand?” Zoe explained.
And she just told the kids that she was born that way.
“The way she was raised, we never really showed it,” said Jeff, her father. “We treated her like everyone else. We never let that get in the way. Zoe has adapted to playing baseball despite the difference in her limbs, switching gloves. her hands from hand to hand after playing.”
“When I caught it, I didn’t think about it. It was just my instinct to put it there and take it and throw it,” she said.
“When she switched with her glove, I would try to point things out to her when she was little and she said, ‘No, I’m doing it like this,'” her father recalls. .
Earlier this month, Zoe crossed the fence to go home for the first time in one game, and then continued a few innings later with another.
Zoe recalls: “The first one was great because it had never happened before. The second one felt better because it went further and hit two in a match.”
For her to hit one is unthinkable, but hitting two in the same game is amazing. So proud of her,” Jeff beamed.
Her trainer, Mike Aherns, calls her “an inspiration to everyone out there.”
“Talent is talent, and it shows a lot every time she plays for us,” Aherns said.
And her dream? To one day be the first woman to play in the major leagues.
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