Female Little League World Series pitcher inspiring local baseball players

Female Little League World Series pitcher inspiring local baseball players

 TYLER (KYTX)-Little league fever is spreading across East Texas as teams battle in the Little League World Series.

Aaron Hungerford is the dad of three baseball aficionados, 2 boys and one 5-year-old girl.

"I really think the little league world series really brings a heightened sense to a lot of kids of what can be accomplished in life," Hungerford said.

Hungerford's daughter has always been interested in baseball since her older brother plays but Hungerford says female pitcher Mo'ne Davis is showing girls like his daughter that excelling in a typically male dominated sport is possible.

"When she wants to play everyday after we watch baseball, she wants to get her glove and wants to throw the baseball she gets to see the opportunities that weren't there that are now," Hungerford said.

Opportunities that local little league player Kasen Carpenter thinks every girl should have.

"Well some of the boys that I play with don't think girls should play baseball but if they're that good, I think they should and it's an inspiration too to girls playing softball," Carpenter said.

Maggie Stevenson is the head softball coach at Robert E. Lee High School but remembers days when girls like here weren't on an even playing field with the boys.

"I know girls are sitting at home thinking I can be out there and that's really exciting," Stevenson said.

Stevenson thinks Davis' success is the start of a larger revolution in our communities.

"I guarantee you its going to change and this is the start of a big change and seeing younger girls involved in athletics with the boys and if she can do it why can't everyone else," Stevenson said.


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