Letting their game speak for itself

By Chad Weber

Letting their game speak for itself

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The National Softball Association World Series invaded Central Illinois, bringing along with it hundreds of teams from bordering states.

One of those teams is the Indiana Zephyrs, a team with two girls whose game speaks for itself.

Meet Hannah and Aubrey, two ordinary 10 year old softball girls that happen to have a different way to communicate.

"We tell jokes to each other and sometimes just by making hand gestures and not even sign language," said teammate Alexa Davis.

Hannah and Aubrey attend the Indiana school for the deaf.

Aubrey Bauer has been playing on the Indiana Zephyrs for 3 years now.

And just this past year she got a new teammate, when her friend Hannah Pint moved from Texas to Indiana.

"When she came out to our try out, we saw that she was something very special and both kids are very special athletes," said head coach Rick Davis. "And I thought this is a no-brainer. Let's have two kids that are hearing impaired on the same team so they can communicate."

And now the two are not only completing in the 10 and under travel league, they are excelling.

"She's probably the best player on the team," said Davis, "Hannah is and Aubrey is close behind. And all the girls want to raise their level to catch Hannah."

"It's really let me learn a lot of things," said teammate Claire Norred. "That even if you have disabilities you can still do things as people without disabilities."

The rest of the girls on the team have tried to pick up some sign language with the help of Hannah's dad Dennis Pint who serves as the team translator and is also hearing impaired.

"I learned some from a lady at school who knows sign language," said Norred. "Dennis and Hannah and Aubrey have helped us a lot.

"I forget a lot of it," said Alexa Davis, "but its pretty amazing they can still play softball."

For some what might be considered an obstacle, these girls seem to use it to their advantage.

"They can pick up on things that we need verbal to hear," said Coach Davis. "They can see it by body language."

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