Brixton Gomes is the most dominating pitcher in the Madera National Little League. So much so that he could probably beat most teams with one arm tied behind his back. Or hanging by his side.
Which is essentially what the 11-year-old ace for McDonald’s has done this season. He is 7-1 with an ERA of 0.80. In just over 40 innings, he has struck out 87 batters — more than two per inning — while walking just six. These numbers lead the league in every category.
Brixton has achieved this success despite having a condition called Erb’s palsy — a brachial plexus injury at birth that left his left arm paralyzed — that most would consider a handicap. Most with the exception of Brixton himself.
“Having just one healthy arm doesn’t limit me in any way,” Brixton said. “I have never felt that way. All I know is that I found something that I was good at and it doesn’t matter whether I am like other kids when I am on the mound.” ...