109-Year-Old Michigan Woman Takes Mound at Minor League Game

A 109-year-old Michigan woman can still bring the heater.

Violet Smith celebrated her 109th birthday by throwing out the first pitch at a minor league game Thursday.

Her toss bounced a few times but eventually made it to the catcher before the Great Lakes Loons' home opener in Midland, about 100 miles northwest of Detroit.

Smith told WNEM-TV before the game that she wasn't nervous.

"I never thought I'd make it, and I'm glad I feel as good as I do," she told the television station.

Her 72-year-old son, Richard, said he brought along a ball so they could practice before the big pitch.

The Loons ended up losing to the Lake County Captains 13-3 before a crowd of 3,823 at the Dow Diamond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.