Back in the Game: Oconomowoc baseball player perseveres after losing arm in crash


1, 2, 3, 4. STEPHANIE: LIKE MANY BOYS,
NATHANIEL FROEMMING PLAYS
BASEBALL IN THE SUMMER. A FIRST BASEMAN AND CENTER
FIELDER ON A SELECT TEAM.>>H PLAY FOR THE YOUTH TEAM. — I PLAY FOR THE YOUTH TEAM,
ABOUT FIVE YEARS NOW. STEPHANIE: BUT IT’S A MIRACLE
THIS 13-YEAR-OLD IS STILL
SWINGING. 18 MONTHS AGO, ON CHRISTMAS DAY,
NATHANIEL WAS IN A CAR CRASH IN
WAUKESHA COUNTY. HIS DAD WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING
UNDER THE INFLUENCE. HIS MOM STILL STRUGGLES TO TALK
ABOUT IT
>>THAT WAS A ROUGH NIGHT. I FINALLY ANSWER THE PHONE, TH
JUST SAID NATHANIEL WAS THERE. I ASK IF HE WAS STILL ALIVE AND
THEY SAID I CAN’T TELL YOU THAT. THAT WAS THE HARDEST THING FOR
ME TO DEAL WITH. STEPHANIE: NATHANIEL SURVIVED
THE CRASH, BUT HIS RIGHT ARM,
HIS DOMINANT ARM, WAS SEVERED,
BUT HER SON DIDN’T GIVE UP. AFTER WEEKS IN THE HOSPITAL AND
SEVEN SURGERIES HIS JOURNEY BACK
TO BASEBALL BEGAN.>>THE LOW POINT WAS MID SUMMER
WHEN WE WERE PRACTICING AND
WASN’T DOING SO HOT. AND THEN WINTER CAME AROUND
STARTED TO IMPROVE AND IMPROVE
AND WHEN THE SEASON CAME AROUND
I WAS JUST DOING GREAT. SO THAT’S WHEN MY CONFIDENCE
JUMPED UP A LOT AND THAT’S WHEN
I FIGURED OUT I WAS GOING TO
KEEP PLAYING. STEPHANIE: THROUGH HARD WORK AND
DETERMINATION NATHANIEL LEARNED
TO PLAY BASEBALL WITH ONE ARM. IT WAS HIS NON-THROWING ARM. I JUST BASICALLY BAT NORMALLY
RIGHT HANDED SO. IT JUST GOES RIGHT THROUGH. I BASICALLY BOUGHT NORMALLY. I AM RIGHT-HANDED. I CALLED UP HIS COACH AND I
SAID —
>>HE SAID ABSOLUTELY. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS
HE IS A GOOD BALLPLAYER, A GOOD
TEAMMATE, AND GREAT KID.>>I AM QUITE AMAZED. THE FACT HE IS HITTING QUITE
WELL.>>BREWERS FANS, PLEASE GIVE A
WARM WELCOME. STEPHANIE: NATHANIEL’S TRIUMPH
CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE
BREWERS. HE WAS INVITED TO THROW THE
FIRST PITCH RECENTLY AT MILLER
PARK.>>WELL DONE, NATHANIEL.>>ONCE I GOT OUT THERE, HE GOT
REALLY SCARY. I STARTED SHAKING AND THREW THE
BALL. I’M GLAD IT MADE IT OVER THE
PLATE.>>I DON’T THINK A LOT PEOPLE
, ADULTS OR CHILDREN, COULD GET
THROUGH IT AS EASY AS HE MADE
LOOK. VERY PROUD, VERY PROUD OF HIM. I AM JUST A KID. STEPHANIE: A KID WHO WON’T LET
ANYTHING STOP HIM FROM HIS FIELD
OF DREAMS. JUST KEEP PLAYING, SEE WHERE
IT TAKES ME. STEPHANIE: IN OCONOMOWOC,
STEPHANIE SUTTON, WISN 12
SPORTS. JOYCE: NATHANIEL WILL ENTER
EIGHTH GRADE IN THE FALL AND
PLANS TO PLAY FOOTBALL. PA

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