Yes, I'm a girl. Yes, I play baseball.

Yes, I'm a girl. Yes, I play baseball. 

I'm thirteen years old, and I've played baseball my whole life. Where I live, there about two teams per age group in our league, so the people who have played for a while are mostly used to me, but I know other people on other teams are watching. I am guilty of the same thing myself; when another girl is playing on the other team, I'm not proud of it, but I don't expect much. 

This year, though, is the most confident I have felt playing. My birthday was in May, so I was younger enough to play Little League another year. Because of this, I was the oldest on my team, but there was a boy my age on the other team in my town. I played first base most of the time, which I had also done the year before. This year, though, I finally felt confident in my hitting skills too. I hit 3 home runs during the regular season, which really helped me feel confident. Then over the summer, I played on the all-star team, for which our town's league combined with another town's league. I knew most of the boys from both towns, but I could feel them watching me. I thought I heard one of them ask someone from my town's league if I could hit, which was kind of annoying, kind of expected, and kind of motivating. One of the games, we had a great comeback that saved us from elimination, and afterwards, we all got pizza and that was one of the best times of my life. We got eliminated soon after, but it was still really fun, and then I was left with another question: What was I going to do now?

I could either play on the middle school baseball team or the middle school softball team. I felt, and still feel, like a lot of people are watching and waiting to see what I am going to choose. Well, if you're reading this and think you know who I am, I'm going to play baseball. We'll see how people react, but that is my decision and if you don't like it, that is your problem. That is my answer, that is me, and you aren't going to change that.