Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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July 5, 2013

Just one of the boys?

She didn’t want to be viewed differently; she just wanted to play baseball.

For nine years, Gabby White has taken the field, playing a boys’ game and for the latter part of those years she has played it as well, if not better, than any boy on the field.

Little League baseball is a very special sport. It’s the make-up of most adolescent days and memories people have from playing sports as a child.  The 13-year-old got into the sport because her brother played and up until now she hasn’t wanted to do anything else.

Gabby has played a few positions and if put to the test, she could probably play them all. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is her favorite major leaguer and that’s only natural considering she’s a catcher herself.

However, unlike most who play the sport, White has had to accept that her dream of walking to the plate to the tune of AC/DC’s “Back in Black,wearing No. 12 in an MLB game, would never be a reality. The decision to fight for the right to have that opportunity was one Gabby had to make on her own.

“As a parent, fighting for her to be able to play school ball enters your mind, but we left it up to her, though,” her mother, Ashley Whitis, said. “How hard she wanted to fight it was her choice and she accepted things. It’s life. It is what it is. She knew at some point she would have to transition to girls’ sports so this past year she ended up going out for softball and she actually liked it. When I told her the paper was doing a story on her, she actually was against it because she doesn’t like to be looked at any different than any of the boys.”

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