FORT WORTH — FORT WORTH For a group that has handled adversity few can imagine, a little rain or even a steady downpour is no reason to call it quits. Even if the it in question is a softball game at a muddy LaGrave Field.The Wounded Warrior singular Amputee Softball Team, which consists of veterans who have lost at least one limb while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan post-9/11, beat a coed softball team affiliated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the historic stadium on Fort Worths north side. Soggy conditions dashed plans for a doubleheader.The weather didnt cooperate with us, but we had a great time here, said the Wounded Warriors Josh Wege, of Fon du Lac, Wis. Wege was a Marine lance corporal wounded during a 2009 patrol while serving in Iraq. His vehicle hit a roadside bomb, causing him to lose both legs below the knee. Its so incredible and humbling to have a team like this and to be able to play on a team while missing a body part, said Wege, who added that he draws inspiration from watching his teammates.The Wounded Warrior team, which travels the country playing exhibition and celebrity games exclusively against able-bodied opponents, was making its first swing through Texas when it stopped in Fort Worth. Its mission is to honor, and raise awareness of, military personnel while serving as an inspiration to amputees.Its good for us because were all veterans and we all have a great time playing with each other and traveling to different cities, said the Wounded Warriors Matias Ferreira, of Atlanta, Ga., who lost both legs below the knee while serving in Afghanistan.Ferreira hit one of his sides several home runs. He and his teammates completely overpowered the fellowship squad, made up of fellowship all-stars, including Leah Marie OBrien-Amico, a three-time Olympic gold medalist from California.Former Texas Ranger Mark McLemore threw out the first pitch, and former Ranger Kevin Mench was an honorary player for the Wounded Warriors and hit a home run. These guys have gone through injuries and amputations and some people see it as a disadvantage, but they take it and run with, Mench said. They want to be normal people and have fun, but at the same time they want to spread the word about everything they did, and its motivating. Just because you lost a leg or an arm doesnt mean you cant do the same thing that other people do.
To learn more For information or to donate to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, go to woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org or call 703-549-2288.