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Ambidextrous pitcher takes the mound in Perryville

Phillip Ernst, 12, has the special ability to pitch with both his left and right hand. (Source: KFVS 12) Phillip Ernst, 12, has the special ability to pitch with both his left and right hand. (Source: KFVS 12)
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) -

One Perryville baseball player has twice the workload when it comes to refining his pitching mechanics.

Phillip Ernst is ambidextrous, meaning he can pitch with both his left and right hand effectively.

"And I'll just switch hands and everybody will ‘yell new pitcher,’” Ernst said. “But really it's just new hand."

Ernst prefers his left hand for things like writing and eating, but he has no problems commanding his right on the mound.

"I think the reason I started with my right hand is because I thought my brothers are right-handed so I thought, ‘well I'm just going that way.’"

Ernst will be going into 7th grade at St. Vincent in Perryville this school year, but his parents started noticing his two-handed ability when he was young.

"He would eat with both hands, he would kick with both feet," Phillip’s mother, Bonnie Ernst said. “For us it's not anything different, it's just how he's always been.”

Now, he's creating quite a bit of buzz on the diamond.

"One of the coaches was confused on the other team,” Phillip’s dad, Tim Ernst said. “He was like ‘what's going on?’"

Ernst enjoys playing soccer and basketball as well. He says he’s still deciding what he wants to focus on in the future.

"My mom says I can play two sports in high school,” Ernst said. “I'm hoping she continues that rule because I have no clue what I'm going to choose."

And Phillip of all people could tell you having options never hurts.

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