When Alta Weiss throws a corncob at a tomcat chasing her favorite hen, folks kw one thing for sure: she may be a girl, but she's got some arm. At the age of six Alta can nail any target, and by seventeen she's outpitched every boy in town. Then one day her father takes Alta to Vermilion, Ohio -- home of the semipro baseball team called the Independents. Where do I sign up? she asks. But one look at Alta tells the coach all he needs to kw: She's a girl, and girls can't play baseball. But faster than you can say strike out, Alta proves him wrong: Girls can play baseball!