Corydon's McCauley inspires others by playing baseball with one arm

Blake McCauley plays baseball at Corydon. (Image from WAVE)
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CORYDON, Ind. (WAVE) - Inspiration is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something.

Playing catch is something that's so simple for any kid to do. But for Blake McCauley, playing catch is a little more difficult than for most kids.

When he was born, his right arm was pulled, and the nerves damaged.

Mother Kim McCauley explained to WAVE TV. “They tore the nerves from his spine when he was born. So, they grafted some of them back together, but some of them weren't able to be grafted.”

The medical term for Blake's condition is brachial plexus. His right arm is practically paralyzed.

“Me and my dad have always been competitive,” Blake said. “We compete in everything. It doesn't matter if it's fishing. If it's anything. He still says he can outrun me. I don't know, he says he always want to race me, but I don't know if he can.

Now 50, dad Ron McCauley disagreed, “I'll race him. I'll race him at 50, and still beat him.”

Blake is heading into his senior year at Corydon High School, where he plays baseball for coach Mitch Massard. “It didn't take long for me to realize the kid could play a little bit. He stood out the most, because of his desire to learn the game.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Blake explained.

From a boy who couldn’t crawl as a baby, Blake now serves as an inspiration to many.

“We've conquered and overcome,” Kim said.

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