Softball On Wheels
Photo: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Aug. 4, 2013
Omaha, NE - After years of playing in parking lots, a Nebraska softball team is hitting it out of the park and hoping to nab another national championship.
In this game, there's no such thing as a setback. The concrete field may look different, but the rules are the same. "This sport gives people the opportunity to exhibit and show all the things that they have, the talents and skills and continue to play a game they love - softball," says Nebraska Barons coach Bruce Froendt.
Nebraska Barons play softball completely on wheels; it's softball for the disabled. They play the sport different, but that doesn't change how well they play. They've won seven national championships, and they're hoping for an eighth. Later this month the team will compete against wheelchair teams from across the country.
The competition is fierce. "You'll see people falling out of their chairs and instead of sliding you're ramming into them if it's going to be a close play," says teammate Mark Digilio. He credits good old mid-western values for part of its success, hard work, diligent preparation, all-out-effort, and teamwork.
Even though their way of strolling through life may have changed, and their stories of triumph may differ, here that doesn't matter. Everyone is on the same playing field. "You know, obviously, it's always a life changing event but to be able to come out and do it and compete with everyone else and I'm here to tell you, it gets very competitive," says Digilio.
The team will head to Chicago at the end of the August.