Sarah Swalberg didn't set out to break any kind of gender barrier when she joined the Green River (Utah) High School baseball team as a freshman. She just wanted to keep playing baseball. Now, four years later, the starting infielder stands out for one reason, and it's not because she's the only person on the field wearing braids: She's just really good.
According to a story by the Deseret News' Amy Donaldson, Swalberg has started for all four years of her high school career with the Green River Pirates.
"Sometimes they think I'm the manager," Swalberg, who starts at second base for the Pirates, told the Deseret News. "They just overlook a girl. That kind of motivates me that they think a girl couldn't do it."
Not only can Swalberg do it, she can do it better than most players in the state. Sex has nothing to do with it, though it occasionally sets the stage for an opposing coach to bring in his fielders, making it easier for Swalberg to drive a pitch through the gaps.
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