BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – On Saturday April 6, 2013 16-year-old Haley Higdon threw out the first pitch at the Hoover Central Softball Park.
An act that would be exciting for any teen with a love of softball, but for Haley it was a milestone in her goal of showing others that anything is possible.
In January 2012 Haley’s right hand was crushed in an automobile accident. She lost four fingers.
She was later fitted with a computerized prosthetic. Saturday was the first time she’d put her hand to test on the mound as a special guest of the White Lightning Thunder, a team she played for when she was younger.
“It was better than I thought it was going to be. I kind of wanted it to be a little bit better but I’ll just keep practicing and hopefully get a little bit better,” said Higdon.
Her mother, Judie Cummings was beaming with joy after the pitch.
“I’m just so proud of Haley for everything she’s accomplished since the accident,” she said.
Including Haley, only about 15 people in the United States have a prosthetic like hers. Higdon says throwing the first pitch filled a void.
“I miss like batting and being with my teammates and actually playing the game and getting down and dirty,”
Her mother is optimistic about the new opportunities that have opened for her.
“She’s had to give up playing softball but I don’t think that’s permanent. She’s made some connections through here that she might get to help coach and that’ll be really cool for her,” said Cummings.
Haley says she looks forward to teaching others the ins and outs of softball and letting, “people know not to give up and to keep pushing through on something that you really love.”