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Submitted by David Van Sleet, LS
Warriors General Manager
June 27, 2018-Joshua
Stevens has excelled at baseball from a young age, despite having what some
would call a setback — he was born without a full left arm.
But recently the pitcher — in
addition to completing his first year playing for Huntingdon College in
Montgomery — was able to be a part of a brand-new team formed by Louisville
The team, called the LS Warriors,
brought together 15 athletes who are all either U.S. military veterans, active
duty personnel, Wounded Warriors, or current or former college baseball
All of them like Stevens have either
suffered a loss of limb or limb deformity. Some of the athletes play with
prostheses, some don’t. One player, Lucas Mayer, has an ocular prosthesis.
"We’ve all become more of a family,”
said Stevens, a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills. "We
can be ourselves because some people who aren’t disabled don’t understand what
we go through.”
After a competitive tryout and
selection process in January, the team played its first Men’s Senior Baseball
League (MSBL)/Men’s Amateur Baseball League (MABL) tournament over Memorial Day
weekend. The tournament, played in Las Vegas, pitted the LS Warriors against
able-bodied teams, and the team won its first game 9–8 with Stevens pitching.
They lost their next two games,
missing the playoffs by only one run.
"It was not a quick and simple
process to find a team of extremely athletic and skilled amputee ball players,”
said David Van Sleet, the team’s general manager. "But through a national
tryout and after extensive research and collaboration with various references
and prosthetic vendors, this team now consists of 15 players, 11 with college
The major league Washington
Nationals committed its support to the team by giving the LS Warriors the
Nationals’ official game hat to wear during the tournament. Several former
major league players also had roles on the team’s coaching staff.
The team’s next tournament is the MSBL/MABL World Series in Arizona in October.
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