Little Leaguer Finds Home

1 decade 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 26 2007 Jun 26, 2007 Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:48:37 AM CDT June 26, 2007 in News

Daniel Boone is home to four special teams of nearly fifty little leaguers.

"I think for a lot of these kids, it may be the first time that they've been on a team over the course of an entire summer," said Bob Degraff, Challenger league coordinator.

Tori was born with spina bifida. She's endured countless surgeries and full body casts, but she refused to put down her bat.

The batter's box is one place where she can drop her crutches, because when her legs get weak, home is where she can lean on a friend.

"To me, it's really emotional," said Becky Boyles, Tori's mother. "Seeing the joy on their faces when they're hitting the ball, people are calling their name. "

She continues, "I don't know that there are words to express just how amazing it feels. To see a child who you were told would not be able to do so many things. Be able to rise to the occasion and do them all. "

Sandy Bard is the mother of Michael and Angel, who also play on the team.

"My son, Michael, he does great," said Bard. "When I first joined, I thought, they can't play ball. Now I see it. It put a smile on my face. I'm so proud of my kids. "

At homeplate, Angel gets to sweat, as Steve Hathaway, an umpire, keeps score.

"I wish everyone could get the same enjoyment out of seeing these kids smile as what I do," said Hathaway.

"I know that someday she will cross home in more ways than one," Boyles said. "Just to see her get to experience it now. Yes, it's a challenge. But you did it. You may have done it a little differently than a lot of people do. But you did it. And it's just as amazing no matter how you do it it's just as amazing. "

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