by William Hazelgrove
13 year-old Ricky Hernandez has a 75 mph pitch and dreams of making the freshman baseball team. His first step toward a professional career.
He's dyslexic, of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, and is ceaselessly taunted by his peers, led by a kid named Eric with an inside track to making the team.
While most of Ricky's teammates can afford sports camp and private lessons, Ricky and his mother are broke due to his abusive father's lack of financial support and his mother's mounting medical bills. Despite her deteriorating health,
she has loads of attitude, brains, and charm.
She single-handedly persuades their neighbor, "The Pitcher," who played in the World Series, to set aside his beer, leave his garage, and coach Ricky.
Call # YA HAZELGROVE, WILLIAM