Jun 21, 2014 12:15 AM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Wounded Warriors Take The Field

Taking the field this weekend in Calcasieu Parish is the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team. The team is made up of veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post 9/11 while serving the country.

Despite their injuries, these soldiers are showing the world that life without limbs is limitless.

"It's definitely about hope and perseverence through injury," said Wounded Warrior softball player Lonnie Gaudet.

Gaudet is from Morgan City, and lost part of his leg while serving in the Army and fighting in Afghanistan. However, he doesn't let his injury define him.

"If someone else is suffering through the same thing that we are, they can see that there's more to life. You don't have to give up, and you can do anything as long as you're willing to push."

Their opponents, the Bayou All-Star team, includes Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and Olympic Gold Medalist softball player Jennie Finch-Daigle.

"I admire these guys for what they've been able to overcome, and what they battle every single day. They make it look so easy out here. It's just absolutely incredible," said Jennie Finch-Daigle, Olympic softball player.

While the team plays around the country, the soldiers said there's something special about taking the field in Louisiana.

"The amount of support we've seen here has been phenomenal. You always here great things about Southwest Louisiana," said Wounded Warrior Softball player Zachary Briseno.

"This is absolutely an amazing turnout, so we're happy to play in front of a big crowd like this. Jennie Finch and the guys that all put this together, it's awesome," Gaudet said.

Events resume tomorrow at McMurry Park in Sulphur, with batting practice at 5:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., there's a home run derby, then the game starts at 7:00 p.m. Autographs and guest speakers will be after the game, and tickets are $10.



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