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Huffman’s Cardenas gets different perspective through umpiring

Cardenas said she was having fun umpiring the little kids in her first time to ever umpire. Via Vype

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HUFFMAN – When Dez Cardenas' parents came home, her father, Gabriel, tossed her a shirt to try on.

Once Dez had pulled the shirt on she realized what it was – one for an umpire.

Her mother, Josie, then told her that someone would be in contact with her soon about her schedule and that she would be umpiring the next day in the Huffman Little League.

Dez, a senior at Huffman High School, read up on the rules for PeeWee girls and umpired her first game on March 25.

"The first game I had on Monday I was so nervous, I don't want to make any bad calls," Cardenas said. "It went pretty well for the first time and then my second game was a lot smoother.

"I already knew the majority of the rules, little league it's going to be a little different. There wasn't too much difference. It was easy to make some calls. It's easier to make a call when you're further away rather than being close to it."

Cardenas, who is signed to North Dakota State, did have her parents there for her first few games of being an umpire.

As a reassurance, Cardenas would from time to time look to her dad in the stands to see if she had made the right call.


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