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New baseball league coming for children with disabilities

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A new baseball league is coming to town. 

Highland Baseball Club is adding a new league, the Challenger Division. It's for children with physical or mental disabilities.

When 12-year-old Madison Barrett was seven, she suffered a brain injury after she went into cardiac arrest during surgery.

Since then, she's been re-learning how to walk, talk, and even swallow food. 

Her mother, LeAnn, says she used to play softball, but because of her injury, she has not been able to. 

That's why they're planning to enroll Maddie in this new league. She will become one of more than 40,000 kids who are in Challenger Divisions all over the world.

The Highland Youth Baseball Club is opening up this league for any kids between ages four and 18 who face physical and mental challenges. 

"There are so many kids who can do some things, but not everything. This is just something that's very much needed. We don't even live here in Evansville, but we'll drive over here for her to be able to participate," LeAnn said. "I'm just excited for all those kids. She knows what she's missing cause she's done it before."

The Highland Baseball Club president says the league will be free. He says they're working to upgrade the fields to make them handicap accessible.

The clubs tells 14 News they are still working to figure out when people can start signing up for the division. Officials says sign-up information will be on their website and Facebook page when announced.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact club President Matt Pokorney at 812-205-5933.

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