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New baseball season for Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 13 2013 08:05:25 AM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2013 08:09:59 AM CDT

Miracle League starts play for the season

HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. -

For about 250 kids in the Lehigh Valley, springtime play at the ballpark couldn't
 come fast enough.

For these players it was a chance to just be a kid.

Nothing quite compares to a day at the ballpark. Sunday it was the Mets versus the Giants in Heidelberg Twp., Lehigh Co.

"It was a good game," shared 11-year-old Ben Taylor. "We all got hits and if we keep playing like this maybe we can win this year."

But some of these players carry more equipment besides a bat and a glove. They all have disabilities or special needs.

"It's a great opportunity for all these kids," added dad Bill Taylor. "There's not a lot for them to do sports wise and this organization really does a great job, it gets the kids involved, the parents involved and every weekend something for us to look forward to."

His son Ben has cerebral palsy. He's one of about 250 players making up 14 different teams this season for the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley.

"Practice makes perfect," smiled Ben. "I remember my first time playing I was terrible and now I'm great, I can hit good and play my position good, me and my dad practice."

At these games everybody hits, and everybody scores.

"I hit a home run," said 10-year-old Ronnie Cunningham.

"He's pretty excited about that," laughed dad Joe Cunningham. "I'm sure he'll be talking about that for a while."

While they run the bases, proud parents get to sit back and watch the game.

"We want our kids to wave to their parents on the bleachers just like and other child does in little league," explained Melissa Borland, Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley Executive Director.

"It's just a meaningful experience for everybody," added Joe. "I think everybody gets something out of it."