PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – 14-year old Violet Mendez is a star player on her Okeeheelee Middle School team in West Palm Beach.READ MORE: Man Sought In NW Miami-Dade Machete Attack
She is the only girl on the roster.
But Monday, Mendez was worried her days on the team were over after her father says he was told she had been cut because she hadn’t ‘tried out’.
Orlando Mendez believed something else was behind the benching because he says Violet had to endure criticism from a parent who doesn’t believe girls should be playing baseball.
“She’s been called a freak of nature and a distraction,” he says
Mendez’s attorney Mark Eiglarsh said the lack of a ‘tryout’ was a ridiculous excuse to cut her from the team.READ MORE: Pembroke Pines Police Officers Take Oath To 'Serve And Protect' To Next Level With Moving Gesture
“LeBron James doesn’t try out every year,” he quipped
But the district also said Violet Mendez hadn’t completed the necessary paperwork to play baseball.
Late Monday afternoon Eiglarsh said he received an email from the district saying if Mendez turned in the paperwork she could stay on the team.
“It’s the right outcome,” Eiglarsh said “But I’m upset it took this long to make it happen.”
After being allowed on the field, Violet Mendez said, “I’m happy and so glad he helped me.”MORE NEWS: 2 Diners Injured In Partial Deck Collapse At Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Eatery
She is hoping a team championship is in her future.