“Nadezhda Aries is a 14-year-old girl who attends seventh grade at Woodland Hills Academy. She loves playing sports such as volleyball, soccer, flag football, and basketball. While she has played softball with girls in the past, this season she wanted to do something different.
“I wanted drama and action. I wanted to play with the boys,” Nadezhda says with a smile, “I wanted to try it out. This was my choice.”
With her choice, she joins only a handful of girls who play in the Knapp Ranch Baseball League in West Hills on teams occupied primarily by boys.
Watching Nadezhda play baseball is a treat. In the game this day, she steps up to the plate holding the bat in a strong stance and glares at the pitcher. She hits the baseball hard making the players scramble for the ball. She runs firmly through first base, just missing a tag by the first baseman. To increase the drama, she steals second base with a slide and slides again into third base. And, she does it all with only one arm…”