• A wounded warrior makes the catch during warmup before the Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Warm Up

    A wounded warrior makes the catch during warmup before the Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • A wounded warrior makes the catch as his Amputee Softball Team thumps D.C. celebrities at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Another Catch

    A wounded warrior makes the catch as his Amputee Softball Team thumps D.C. celebrities at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • A double-amputee fields first base during the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Ready on 1st Base

    A double-amputee fields first base during the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • Former Redskin LaVar Arrington leads off first base as a wounded warrior readies for the play during an exhibition softball game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Playing Tag on 1st

    Former Redskin LaVar Arrington leads off first base as a wounded warrior readies for the play during an exhibition softball game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • A wounded warrior rushes to make the play during an exhibition softball game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Making the Play

    A wounded warrior rushes to make the play during an exhibition softball game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • A wounded warrior swings at the pitch during the Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Another Batter Up

    A wounded warrior swings at the pitch during the Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • A wounded warrior swings at the pitch during the Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Batter Up

    A wounded warrior swings at the pitch during the Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • A wounded warrior makes the play in the outfield during an Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

    Outfield Play

    A wounded warrior makes the play in the outfield during an Amputee Softball Team exhibition game at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012.

  • The billboard at National Park thanks wounded warriors on the Amputee Softball Team during their exhibition game against celebrities at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012..

    Under a Full Moon Warriors Win 17-4

    The billboard at National Park thanks wounded warriors on the Amputee Softball Team during their exhibition game against celebrities at Washington Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2012..

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 4, 2012) -- The loss of an arm or a leg from combat didn't seem to have an effect April 3, on the play of a band of Soldiers and Marines who make up the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, or WWAST, as they soundly thumped a Washington area celebrity team made up of sports legends, broadcasters and even the D.C. mayor.

In the second annual battle between the teams hosted by the Washington Nationals at their ballpark, the softball classic started with the able-bodied celebrities taking an early lead at 2-0, even though NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green whiffed three pitches and struck out.

Two more runs were all the celebrities could muster in five innings of play as the wounded warriors, playing with leg or arm prosthetic or no prosthetic at all, couldn't be stopped defensively or offensively. They gave the celebrities a 17-4 shellacking under a perfect evening sky and full moon.

For Army veteran Greg Reynolds, the loss of his left arm forequarter happened at home following a 15-month Iraq tour when he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle. His odds were one in 2,000 of surviving and even less while in recovery, he said.

"To be out here today in front of all these people by far exceeds anything I thought possible," Reynolds said. "This is a really rewarding, humbling experience to play on such an amazing team with my brothers, but to be out and to play with obviously missing a great portion of my body motivates me to the next level because I have this inner discipline and motivation where I want to play better than the guy with his limbs. No one should put limitations on themselves."

While on a night patrol in Iraq, Matt Kinsey stepped on a landmine, losing his right foot.

"You go from being a paratrooper, which is a very proud thing, and you take a lot of pride in it to missing a foot and your career; it's not over, but it's really tough to get back into the infantry and you go from being on top of the mountain to being on the bottom of it," Kinsey said.

"This is a dream come true, every little kid dreams of getting a second chance as an athlete and I had one and lost it," the former high school and college ball player said. "This is my second chance, so I play as hard as I can while I'm out here because it can be gone just in the blink of an eye."

Veteran Soldier Brian T. Urruela, who lost his right leg below the knee to two improvised explosive devices during Operation Iraqi Freedom, said playing ball is like that next step, next phase, but he said it's been a long, long journey of about five years."

"Being at this level and maintaining this level, we're constantly working at improving our limbs and it definitely pushes us to our limits. It's improved me tenfold," he said.

In conjunction with various military outreach efforts, the partnership between the Nationals and the WWAST hopes to demonstrate to other amputees and the public that through extensive rehabilitation and training, veterans who were once Soldiers and Marines can be athletes while playing ball and proving life without a limb can be unlimited.

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