Her coach asked how Madelyn Carlson was feeling, fresh off her clearance from a doctor to begin playing softball again.
“I can hit,” she said.
So he added her to the Enumclaw High School softball team’s lineup — No. 3 in the order — and watched as she stepped into the left-handed side of the batter’s box and opened the season with a single.
Only Carlson had never before batted left-handed in a game.
“I thought she was going into bat right-handed,” Enumclaw coach Mike Eckhart said. “I saw her go up to the plate and I’m thinking, ‘What are you doing?’ ”
“I had only practiced hitting left-handed, so I kind of assumed that he knew. I was like, ‘Sorry,’ ” Carlson laughed.
She can’t bat from her normal side of the plate because of a pain she’s felt in her right elbow since the fall. Although she has visited many doctors, none have come up with a diagnosis, and all she was told was to rest it.
Carlson recently began seeing Dr. Edward Khalfayan, who is the Seattle Seahawks’ team physician.
“I’ve had like every scan you can think of,” Carlson said. “Some have come up with something little, but they haven’t pinpointed the problem.”
Not that a bad elbow was going to keep her down.
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