HENDERSON, Nev. -- Life threw Ryan Popowcer a curveball. But he's fighting it off and throwing back something even more nasty.
"I have a slurve, which is pretty good. It's pretty good. They swing over it," he said.
Batters swing over his unhittable combination of slider and curveball pitch. Not bad for the Liberty High School freshman. Even more impressive for someone suffering from scoliosis.
"I have a pretty bad curve and the brace to correct it," he said.
A painful brace, which he must wear nightly in hopes of correcting the 24-percent curve in his spine.
"We would've never known by looking at him, because obviously he was born with it. But they do the screenings in school -- in seventh grade -- and it came back with a question mark on it," said Ryan's father Sam Popowcer.
"I think it's all mental. Have the right attitude and know you can accomplish anything. That's all you need," said Ryan.