Local boy prepares to play for Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - The baseball season is coming to an end for most Major League teams, but it's just beginning for one local boy.

Gage Beavers is 12 years old and next week, he'll embark on a journey to play for the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team.

"When he was 11 months old, he had an amputation of the portion of the leg," said his mom, Kelli Beavers. "He has had the prosthetic since he was 11 months old."

Kelli says it was a difficult thing to tackle and grasp at a young age, but Gage has continued to step up to the plate.

"We see him struggle, but he never sees himself struggle," said Matt Beavers. "We never treated him any different when he came out to play. He always wanted to play with the other kids and he doesn't let it hold him back, not whatsoever."

One of the most challenging tasks that Gage has had to face -- his peers. Kelli says there are emotional ups and downs, but Gage stays strong.

"He's been laughed at and he's very self conscious about that," Kelli said. "When he's in his element, like when he's on the baseball field, he's just like everybody else in his mind."

"Sometimes it worries me that kids are going to keep staring," Gage Beavers said. "It kind of bothers me a little bit."

This is something that Gage has tried to never let get to his head.

"I don't want to feel left out because I want to be like all the other kids," Gage said. "So I try and keep a positive attitude."

Next week, he'll head to Missouri and embark on this journey.

"They have an opportunity to bring some of the children back and we can't wait to get there and see our friends," Kelli said.

"They always encourage me to go out there and play my hardest," Gage said. "And to never give up."