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Overcoming doubters, Raytown girl makes varsity baseball team

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Samantha "Sam" Kreissler has moxie and wouldn't take no for an answer.

As a result, she has traded in her heels for a pair of cleats, and is now a proud of member of Raytown South High School's baseball team - boys baseball team, that is.

The bleachers were packed Friday night as the senior made her debut.

"I don't want girls to be scared," Sam said. "You should always go out there and do what you can. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything."

Sam entered the game in the late innings. She had a single at-bat, in which she popped up a fly ball to right field.

But that she was even out there is a huge crack in the proverbial glass ceiling. Sam is a star on the girls softball team and homecoming queen.

She has school pride and a competitive streak, so she decided to try out for the boys team.

"The coach was jokingly saying, 'Oh, you can't do it.' And I was like, 'Why can't I?'" Sam recalled. "Principals were like, 'No, that's not a good idea. That's weird.'"

But she also had her own cheerleaders.

"All my friends were supportive. All the lunch ladies were supportive," she said.

And then there's the biggest supporter of them all. Her mother, Kelly Wasko.

"She's very outgoing and very aggressive in her athletics. It doesn't surprise she wanted to do this," Wasko said.

Raytown South lost last night, but Sam is determined to prove she belongs on the team and help the team win games.

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