People with special needs play an inspiring game of baseball

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Baseball took on a new meaning Thursday night at the little league fields in D'Iberville as people with special needs played their only game of the season. They're called the Challenge.

On a regulation field with officials umpires, the Nationals faced off against the Dodgers. They weren't seen for their disabilities or handicaps. On this night, they were baseball players.

"I like to hit the ball and I like to run the base," said 11-year-old Courtlyn Shoemaker.

"Cause it's my sport and I love games and everything," said 20-year-old Zachary Cerone, smiling from ear-to-ear.

"You get up there and crack that ball wide open," said Hope Taylor. "I just love playing baseball a lot. We have a great time together."

Players say the game was a lot of fun, but it was also a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.

"It's phenomenal to watch these kids and it's mind boggling on how good these kids are," said President of D'Iberville Little League Delmas Cox, with a tear in his eye.

"For us to umpire, you know, baseball, that's one thing. But, to do it special for these kids, you know, and see their eyes light up. It's something special that you don't get to do every day," said umpire Jody Entrekin.

They hit with all their power and ran with all their might, like it was the World Series championship and the game depended upon them, bringing a whole new meaning to the game of baseball.

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