Teenage players trickle across the parking lot adjacent to Spurgeon Field and step onto the makeshift practice field. Warming up are a pitcher and catcher, their eyes locked as they repeat the familiar catch-and-throw back action. But on closer inspection, it’s clear this isn’t an ordinary baseball player — he’s missing both his legs.
Sporting a pair of customized baseball pants dotted with grass stains, 16-year-old Peter Harper is the starting catcher for the Cottonwood Angels, who play in a 10-game summer rec league. At this Thursday night game, Peter rolls out of the dugout at the start of every inning before hopping off his wheelchair without prosthetics to take a seat behind home plate. His brother Patrik’s fastballs and change-ups fly into his glove. He positions his wheelchair into the batter’s box when hitting.
the original article from Gazette.com, written by Ian McCue