Playing with Heart: Lexi Scott’s Story

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MURFREESBORO, AR via KARK — On the diamond at Murfreesboro Park in Pike County, one player is stealing much more than bases.

If the score keeper added a column for “most smiles”, Lexi Scott would be at the top.

“My life feels very blessed by having her in it,” said Detra Westfall.

Doctors diagnosed Lexi with Down Syndrome, but the ten-year-old’s disability doesn’t define who she is. Her mom makes sure of that.

Shana Tollett, Lexi’s mom, said, “She enjoys life and she just makes you realize what life is all about.”

This softball season she joined the team called Chix with Stix. The opposing side typically will let Lexi round the bases even though she doesn’t hit the ball. But a couple weeks ago, something special happened.

“It touched me that this team would allow her to play just like everybody else.”

Pope told his girls on the other team to pitch in a way that would allow Lexi to “walk.” It turns out, she didn’t need any help.

“On that second pitch, she nailed it,” Pope said.

Pope caught the moment on camera, and what a moment it was.

“We were all kind of surprised that she hit the ball,” Tollett said.

“It reminded me that sometimes kids with special needs don’t always need the help you’re trying to give them,” Pope said.

It gave everyone in the crowd that day a moment they won’t soon forget. And, it shows the rest of us that some things you learn on the field, have nothing to do with the sport at all.

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