With a long blonde ponytail hanging out the back of her cap she takes the field … the baseball field.

Destin’s Samantha Sherer, known as Sam to most, is the only girl on the 12U traveling BlackSox Baseball team.

“She’s very competitive and very talented,” said BlackSox Coach Jade Stanford.

Sherer plays shortstop for the team and is one of the “go-to” pitchers for the BlackSox. Plus she is high in the batting lineup.

Sherer is what Stanford referred to as a “five-tool player.”

In order to be a five-tool player, the player must have good running speed, fielding ability, throwing ability, hit for power and good hitting average.

“She can play any position on the field,” Stanford said.

Sherer, who just turned 13 years old, has been playing baseball since she was about 5.

She came up through the ranks of Destin Little League and for the last couple of years she has played on the Destin Middle School softball team.

However, she prefers baseball.

“I like baseball better. I’ve played it longer,” said the 5-foot-3 teenager.

“Plus, I think it’s easier to hit a baseball.”

Her favorite position is pitcher.

“I like pitching,” she said, noting her fast ball and curve are her best pitches.

As for playing with the guys, “they are actually really nice,” she said.

Coach said Sherer has a good relationship with her teammates.

“Once you prove yourself on the field, they rally around the player,” Stanford said.

Since the BlackSox are a traveling team, they do come across teams that haven’t seen Sherer play yet.

“It’s fun to go into towns where no one has seen her … and she gets on the mound and brings the heat.”

Sherer plans to continue to play baseball as long as she can as well as softball for the Destin Marlins.