Damascus softball pitcher leads team with positivity

Damascus softball pitcher leads team with positivity

Video

Damascus softball pitcher leads team with positivity

By

Damascus softball pitcher Sharise Jacob's talent and positive attitude inspire her teammates and coaches.

Damascus softball pitcher Sharise Jacob’s talent and positive attitude inspire her teammates and coaches.

DAMASCUS, Md. (WUSA9) — Overcoming adversity could be the theme of this story, except the main subject in the piece doesn’t feel she has anything to overcome. Sharise Jacob, the pitcher on the Damascus High School softball team doesn’t see anything challenging about the curve ball life has thrown her.

“I’ve always loved being in the game,” said Sharise. “Just the feeling of pitching, just getting all that away, just throwing the ball out there and just, you get to see where it goes.”

While she doesn’t feel differently than anyone else on the team, if you look closely, you will see her arms are shorter than everyone else’s. Sharise was born without forearms and has endured more than a half dozen surgeries over the years.

Shortstop Lindsey Kelly remembers the first time she practiced with Sharise.

“I was like okay this will be an adjustment,” said Kelly. “But after you grow to it … it’s not much different.”

In fact, Sharise’s teammates and co-coaches say her pitching form is just like it’s supposed to be for a high schooler.

“You would expect her to play differently than other people but she doesn’t,” said Coach Lindsay Durkin. “She puts her heart and her soul into it just like anyone else out on the field.”

Sharise agrees.

“I like that no one treats me differently and I just play the game,” she said. “It’s kind of special, it’s a unique way that you can have.”

Sharise doesn’t just play the game, she inspires her teammates.

“Last year, going into the playoffs, we kind of turned our season around and she was the person who was kind of holding our team together,” said Coach Amanda Quay.

Sharise has seven brothers and sisters and her parents demand they all be treated the same. Sharise’s mom, Tara Jacob-Martin, recognizes her daughter’s ability to inspire others.

“Some people are born with the ability to be great at math, some people are born with the ability to be great engineers,” said Jacob-Martin. “Sharise is just born with the gift to help others and inspire people.”

More USA TODAY High School Sports
Home
https://usatodayhss.com/2015/damascus-softball-pitcher-leads-team-with-positivity
Damascus softball pitcher leads team with positivity

DAMASCUS, Md. (WUSA9)

I found this story on USA TODAY High School Sports and wanted to share it with you: %link% For more high school stories, stats and videos, visit http://usatodayhss.com.