It's Good to Throw Like a Girl

At 11, KATIE BROWNELL already knows how to keep boys from reaching first base. Brownell--the lone girl in her upstate New York Little League program--pitched the first perfect game in the history of the league, on May 14. The young hurler struck out all 18 batters, leading her team, the Dodgers, to a six-inning, 11-0 victory over the Yankees in Oakfield, N.Y. The shy sixth-grader, who honed her skills playing with her two elder brothers, also boasts a .714 batting average. Sometimes during the season, her mother told reporters, Brownell's teammates teased her, saying she should have stuck to softball like...

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