How does an eleven-almost-twelve-year-old deal with a jelly belly he never asked for, the never-ending taunting by bullies, and the need to level the playing field for himself and his friends? Life’s not fair as Willie sees it! What’s a boy to do when he is not good enough to play on a tournament baseball team? How is a boy to befriend the school’s worst bullies at the request of the school principal? It’s the 1950s and Willie is jolted into the reality that even skin color can cause problems for a boy. Baseball at Beaver Creek Bottom teaches Willie and his buddies, The Beaver Creek Nine, how to deal with the hits and the strikeouts in life.