Finally, a story about youth sports that does not involve parents coming to blows in the stands, referees getting assaulted or gun play: Mackenzie Brown, a 12-year old girl from Bayonne, New Jersey, pitched a perfect game, the first one ever in Bayonne Little League history – against boys! Her accomplishment has garnered national attention, including the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Mets game this coming Saturday.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” she said. “In school I have all these teachers asking for my autograph. I wasn’t used to that.”
Mackenzie, who has been playing baseball with boys since she was 6, mowed down 18 batters, including her toughest out, the second-to-last batter she faced, who fouled off several pitches before she struck him out – one of the twelve she had during the game.
Along with the congratulatory phone calls and requests for public appearances, Mackenzie was invited to New York City on Thursday to appear on a national Fox TV morning program.
Although it is not rare for girls to play little league baseball against boys (Little League officials estimate somewhere around 100,000 girls do so), a girl pitching a perfect game is incredibly rare, since perhaps only 50-60 perfect games are pitched in Little Leagues around the country in a given year.
Unfortunately for young Mackenzie Brown, her dominance against boys will come to an end after this season – she will be switching over to softball in hopes of getting the opportunity to play college sports, something that would be unlikely to happen if she continued to play baseball.
But she’s enjoying the ride and is looking forward to her appearance at the game
Bayonne girl’s perfect game gains national recognition [The Star Ledger]