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Wounded Warriors softball team shows all it takes is dedication

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MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The weather was perfect this weekend for softball and members of a very special team took full advantage.

Saul Bosquez is from Adrian, Michigan.

Despite losing a leg in Iraq in 2007, when an IED hit the side of his vehicle, he still plays hard and never lets his injury get him down.

"I mean it was obviously tough at first but I've been an athlete my entire life and being able to do sports again, to get back out there and play is awesome," said Saul.

Saul lives with a prosthetic leg and plays on the wounded warrior amputee softball team.

In the last 3 and a half years, they've played 100 games a year, in 85 cities.

Over the weekend, the team played three games at Ned Skelton Stadium, one of them against the Maumee fire and police team.

All the players on the national team have lost a leg or arm, but can still make the plays on the field.

Their goal is to show that people can live and even thrive with the loss of a limb.

"We're using softball as an avenue to let everyone know that life without a limb is limitless. You know, if you work hard enough, you can get back up on your feet and do everything you did before, just a little bit slower," said team manager, David Van Sleet, "You know we just like inspiring people and being able to show people that just because we are disabled, we can still go out there and do what we love to do."

And they do exactly that with every game they play. The team is good!

They are serious about their softball, and play able-bodied softball teams in celebrity and exhibition games.

The stands are usually packed with fans.

Funds raised from the team's three games went to the team's kid's camp.

The kid's camp is a week-long softball camp where the players help kids learn to play, and how to deal with their own prosthetics.

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