UPDATE: Kenny Crew, the Director of Matoaca Softball, said according to the Chesterfield Youth Softball Association agreement he cannot discuss the matter concerning Kindra Ferrell and said he was concerned, if he did, it could disqualify the team from the playoffs.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Chesterfield mother and her daughter are speaking out after the youth softball player was disqualified and banned from playing with her team in the playoffs.
"I eat, sleep and dream about softball," 11-year-old Kindra Ferrell, who some consider a prodigy, said.
At age five, Kindra started with T-ball and progressed to softball where now she catches, pitches, and plays shortstop.
This summer, Kindra began playing 12 and under (12U) softball through the Chesterfield Youth Softball Association.
As her season wrapped up, she was asked to play on the 14 and under team, according to her mother.
"They only had a limited number of girls," mother Jessica Ferrell explained.
The first 14U game coincided with Kindra's last 12U game, but after that, she played in the older team's next 13 games. Matoaca racked up a perfect season; 14-0.
But as the regular season ended and the playoffs were about to begin, a team that lost three times to Matoaca contested Kindra being on the team.
Kindra was 10 when the 14 U season began, but turned 11 on June 12.
"[She] never lied about her age, turned in the birth certificate, Commissioner signed off on it, President reviewed it, we crossed our t's and dotted our i's -- she was a legit ballplayer," Jessica Ferrell said.
Ferrell said the league first decided to have Matoaca forfeit all its games, but the outcry from parents prompted another decision from the Association. Matoaca forfeited three games and both Kindra and the coach were forced to sit out the playoffs.
"Sad and disappointed," Kindra said. "It was really fun, but then when this happened, it wasn't like that fun, like it wasn't fun at all."
Jessica said she was trying to fight the decision, but the 11-year-old softball just can't figure out what the adults are trying to accomplish so late in the season.
"I would like to see coach be able to go back on the field and I would be able to go back on the field and just start playing," she said.