Senior slugger: 65-year-old woman hits burglar with bat

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When a Florida woman heard a noise and saw a man trying to break into her car, she took matters into her own hands.

Sixty-five-year-old Clarese Gainey of Gainesville tells WGFL that she picked up her softball bat early Sunday and eased open the door before hitting Antonio Mosley. Gainey says the 5-foot-6, 300-pound man said, “Ow!”

Gainesville police said Mosely ran to a nearby mobile home park, leaving behind his pants, shirt, and a sock. A K-9 unit tracked him down, and Gainey says she easily identified him because of the knot on his head.

Gainey says she played softball in high school and can still swing a bat.

He’s being held in the Alachua County Jail on burglary and drug charges. A lawyer isn’t listed on jail records.

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