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She’s the only girl in her entire baseball league and at just 12 years old she can already throw a 75 mph fastball. But those aren’t the only things that set Brittany apart. The pitcher is also missing part of her right arm. “I love the challenge of playing baseball. I enjoy trying to figure out how to catch and hit quicker and better,” Brittany describes. 

Three years ago, Brittany began coming to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville to get arms to help her play better. “I wanted to be able to swing the bat with both hands, instead of just one. I knew it would give me more power and make the ball go farther,” Brittany explains. Pediatric Orthotic Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Southeast, LLC, located inside the Greenville Shriners Hospital began experimenting and making devices for Brittany to use. “My prosthetist, Crissy, would make me a device, I’d take it home and use it till it would break then mail it back to POPS. Crissy would fix it and make adjustments and then mail the device back to me.” All the hard work paid off and Brittany’s wish came true. “The first time I was at bat with the device, I hit what should’ve been a triple, but I was in such awe that I forgot to run! I was shocked at the power I had with two hands. I did start running and ended up just barely making it to first base!”

Recently Brittany beat out 120 boys from across the country to be named as one of the 10 players on the American Classic travel ball team. When asked if the boys accept her as part of the team, Brittany replies, “Most of them do, until I beat them. I mean it’s bad enough getting struck out by a girl, but a girl with one arm, man that’s embarrassing for them!”

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