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The Knuckleball Project.!
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   


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A girl strives to learn how to throw a perfect knuckleball.

I want to be just like the pros when it comes to playing sports, in particular, baseball, which is probably my best sport of all time.

I have been playing baseball since I was small; having two older brothers has given me a new love (and appreciation) for the game.  I'm especially good at pitching (as well as fielding foul balls).  My brothers taught me the different pitches (change up, slider, and of course, the infamous spitball and knuckleball).

I play on a Little League team; I am usually one of the pitchers.  We had a fairly okay season: won some, lost some, tied two.  Not bad.  We could have done better, but we didn't stink either; at least we won some of our games.

Even though I am versatile on several different pitches, my specialty is the knuckleball.  I can throw a real barn burner: my pitches have been clocked at over 80 miles an hour, which is amazing, considering I am just thirteen years old.  Again, that's what happens when one has older brothers (and both baseball phenoms) like I do.  So it's not surprising that I learned to pitch as well as any boy, thanks fo my big brothers Matthew and Malcolm, who are fifteen and seventeen respectfully.

Matthew and Malcolm have been working with me on improving my knuckeball.  It can be a rather difficult pitch to master, but I am determined to throw as well as they did.  (Both Malcolm and Matthew were star pitchers and Matthew is a star pitcher on the high school baseball team; in fact, this past season, which ended back in July/August of this year, Malcolm threw three no-hitter games and the team took the city championship, thanks to his brilliance on the diamond).

I was extremely proud of Matthew.  Still am.  

Well, he's working on my improving my overall game and next year, I aim to be the best darn pitcher on my middle school team.  If I can turn out halfway as good as Matthew is on the field, then I will have it made in the shade! :) 



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