Lake Geneva, Wis. ballplayer says missing forearm is not disability

Published On: May 16 2013 07:26:53 AM HST

A Lake Geneva baseball player is making quite an impression on the field not only for his play, but for the challenge he overcomes in order to play.

Donald Schnurer, a junior at Badger High School, has been playing baseball since fourth grade.

"I've played a bunch of sports my whole life," Schnurer said. "But baseball is always the one I've been best at."

Schnurer was born with a partially-formed right arm. He is missing his forearm and two fingers, but that has never stopped him from playing the sport he loves.

"It's really just a matter of adjustment," he said. "It's not impossible to do anything with my arm like it is, I just got to adjust to different things."

Coach Aaron Zweifel said Schnurer's ability, plus his desire to compete, helps the team in many ways.

"He just blows me away every day," Zweifel said. "He plays any position you want him to. He does whatever you need him to do."

And the crowd that has followed him also appreciates his desire to win.

"He's a spitfire," said Kim Andresen, who has seen Schnurer come up through the leagues. "He's always given it everything he's got."

Andresen said calling Schnurer's arm a disability is simply not true in his case. "It doesn't hinder him a bit," she said.

Schnurer hopes to move on and play baseball in college, possibly at UW-Whitewater. His fans believe his passion and talent will take him there.

"It's a game I love, and love to play," he said. "Why let it hold me back when it's not really in the way?"

The team finishes the season Thursday and Friday at home, and Tuesday at Wilmot.


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