Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wil LaFollette ambidextrous 8th grader

Ambidextrous eighth-grader Wil LaFollette turning heads as a switch pitcher for Cornerstone

By Jeff Sentell |
on April 23, 2015

Wil LaFollette raised eyebrows when he joined the Cornerstone Christian varsity baseball team this season. The 13-year-old eighth-grader had enough stuff to eventually nail down the No. 4 pitcher’s role for the Alabama Independent Schools Association's Class A team.

But the whispers and conversations did not center on that.

“They heard and saw where Will had a six-fingered baseball glove,” Cornerstone Christian head baseball coach Tim Smith said. “Naturally everyone wanted to know if he really had six fingers."

It wasn’t that, but it fell in the ballpark of abnormalities in Abner Doubleday’s great game. LaFollette is a baseball unicorn who will take the mound and face hitters throwing with his left hand. Then he’ll switch pitch and throw with his right hand. He’ll throw three-quarters from the left side, but releases the ball more over the top with his natural right-handed motion.

Watch Will LaFollette throw both ways - in slow motion!

Uses an Akadema 6-finger glove with two thumbs.


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