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'This year I've improved'

Although the supple young lady bending for a hot grounder does occasionally take prizes in flower arrangement, her real forte is playing a barefoot third base for the Casa View softball team in the Dallas pee wee league. She is 9-year-old Cathey Ferguson and, though she is the only girl in the league, she has managed to become accepted as one of the boys. "Last year I was put in right field," she says, "but this year I've improved." Says her coach, Lowell Peters: "Improved! She's the best third baseman in the league."

Cathey takes praise like this with a grain of rosin, is chiefly concerned with correcting her playing weaknesses. "Sometimes I kind of chop at the ball," she says. "I have to learn not to go for the bad ones." But why play barefoot? "You get the feel of the game better."

Despite her tomboy palaver, the soft-voiced Cathey is entirely feminine. In a recent floral competition she took a piglet water pitcher, tastefully arranged some flowers in it, for good measure placed a rose in the piglet's mouth. It earned her first prize. All in all, Cathey has neatly managed to balance fielding and femininity. "I have a boy friend," she says, "but he is not on the team."