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Challenger baseball team inspired by Cardinals win

7:17 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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Maryland Heights, MO (KSDK)- It was a big day for another baseball team, the Ranken Jordan "Challengers."

All of the children who play have special needs.

Eight year old Clayton Higinbotham of St. Peters was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that is characterized by curved joints throughout the body.

"I kind of felt really good," said Higinbotham, after he played ball.

"It was amazing to see him play with other kids his age and feel like he was a part of something. I can't even describe in words how great it was to see him so happy," said Brenda Hausermann, Clayton's mother.

"Mike Matheny is really involved with the hospital here. He spends time with the kids motivating them, telling them never to give up and for last night, for that to happen about never giving up that's what he talks to the kids about every day," said Lauri Tanner, Ranken Jordan's CEO and President.

"I kind a like the Cardinals very much they inspire me because they always win," said Higinbotham.

On Saturday, Higinbotham and his teammates had some extra motivation when they made an incredible comeback in the 9th inning defeating the Nationals 9 to 7 and winning the series 3 to 2.

Higinbotham says this shows him that anything can happen.

The Challenger's next and final game of the season will be a week from saturday and of course the players are hoping the Cardinals give them extra motivation once again.

Ranken Jordan is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to help call (314) 872-6400 or click here.


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