Same bags, same helmets, same pinstripes, but one player on the Mt. Morris Panthers baseball team is not like the others. Hint: look for the pony tail.
"I get to play and hang out with friends," Carson Hendrickson said.
Nine-year-old Hendrickson plays third base for the 10U team. She's the only girl on the roster, but don't tell her she plays like one.
"Negative," she said. "I??m really good. I can hit the ball."
Our NBC25 cameras missed Hendrickson's three hits against the West Side Panthers Tuesday, but her Coach Tom Duplanty can vouch for her.
"Every place we go they say, 'oh they have a girl on their team,' then she smacks it over their heads like she did today," Tom Duplanty said. "Then they don??t say it anymore."
The boys on her team seem to be big fans of hers.
"She??s really good," Cole Duplanty said. "She plays like a boy."
"She??s really good, she??s good at pitching and throwing," Blake Gillies said.
It's the first full season for the Panthers team in the Greater Flint Baseball League. Duplanty said their goal is to one day take them to Cooperstown. Right now, there's a bit of a learning curve. But, Duplanty said, if Hendrickson continues to play the way she has been, she could redefine the meaning of 'playing like a girl.'