Wounded Warriors to Play Ball in Binghamton

By Alice Maggiore

Wounded Warriors to Play Ball in Binghamton

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Usually, you'll go to NYSEG Stadium to cheer on our home team, but this Memorial Day weekend, you might want to root for the visitors.

The Wounded Warriors Softball Amputee team will play ball at NYSEG stadium, taking on our local police officers.

The Wounded Warriors are all recent veterans.

They served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffered severe traumatic injuries that led to amputation.

"While the word hero is thrown around a lot, this is the real deal. These are great American heroes," says David Whalen, the Director of Governmental Relations at Time Warner Cable. "These young men are not only courageous, they're not only heroes, but they're darn good athletes."

The Wounded Warriors have been featured on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated.

Just before the Super Bowl, they triumphed over an all-star NFL team.

That's certainly tough competition for our local boys.

They'll be coached by a familiar face from Chenango County, Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr.

"I'm honored to be here and take part in that, coach the team," says Sheriff Cutting. "We look forward to beating those men and women of the Wounded Warrior softball team. "

Deputies from the Broome County Sheriff's Office, officers from Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, Vestal and Port Dickinson departments, as well as New York State troopers, and members of SUNY Binghamton's police and Broome Community College security will round out the local roster.

The team started just 10 months ago.

Binghamton is one of only 24 stops this season.

Carolyn Clinton was intstrumental in recruiting the team to come to our area, after learning that they were playing in Oklahoma City.

"I called 'em, asked 'em to come here, first they kinda thought, 'Well....'" Clinton says. " I said, 'I'm serious, our community will come out and support you, we love our veterans, we support each and every one of them. And to please come here.' After a few phone calls and emails, they said 'okay, we're coming.'"

The first pitch of the 7-inning game will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.

Tickets are $6 and go on sale next Friday, March 16.

After their stint in Binghamton, the Wounded Warriors head up I-88 to the famed birthplace of baseball to play against the Cooperstown Fire and Police Department. That game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27 at Doubleday field.