Love of the game leads local girl to baseball field

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Nothing brings 12-year-old Maggie Heaphy of Charlottesville more joy than playing baseball.

"I always say on an off day, if I don't have anything to do, the first thing I do is I go outside and hit off the tee," Heaphy said. "A lot of people always ask me if I do it just for a political or something, but I just simply play it because I love it. It's the game that I love."

"Since always had the passion for the game, since Little League," said JT Enoch, who has coached Heaphy since her days at McIntire Little League. "She's always loved the game, and she's always kept up with these guys. No matter what's been thrown at her."

Heaphy was seven when she first began playing organized baseball.
For most of the last five years, she's been the only girl on the field.

"It can be tough sometimes, obviously," she said. "I mean, it's not always easy being kind of alone on the field. But at the same time, my coaches and teammates have always made me feel like I'm just one of them."

"She's always been super confident. I really appreciate that about her," said Enoch. "There's nothing that she feels she can't do, and she always comes through."

"I've gotten some criticism and at first, when that struck me, I mean it hurt a little bit, obviously. But after that I realized, I'm just here to compete," said Heaphy. "I'm on the same field they are, I'm playing the same game that they are. So I just always show them on the field."

Heaphy does play on an all-girls travel team based out Washington, DC. That experience led to an invitation earlier to play in Major League Baseball's 'Trailblazer Series' earlier this month in California, where she was one of about 100 girls from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico who competed.

Heaphy is also playing with the H3 Sabres travel team in Charlottesville this spring. That opportunity has challenged her as a baseball player.

"As you mature, you're certainly getting stronger. Knowledge of the game, of course," Enoch said. "We're throwing a lot more at her out here, and she eats it up. She's super smart. Situationally, she's sound. And she's getting a lot stronger at the plate."

Heaphy says that whenever she envisions her future plans, they always involve the game she loves -- whether that's as a player or a coach, or as one of her current coaches suggested, the general manager of a Major League team.

Wherever baseball leads her, Heaphy says she'll use the same approach that she takes onto the field.

"I mean, H3 always tells me that you want to come out here with a plan. And that's what I always do," she explained. "I always try to do 110 percent and put it all out on the field."



 
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