Athlete of the Week: Sam Thornton

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Bishop Chatard pitcher Sam Thornton has worked his entire life to earn a baseball scholarship, and now he has it. He’ll head to Division II Cedarville in Ohio next year to play college baseball.

What’s even more impressive is that Sam’s right arm is three inches shorter than his left.

“I broke it when I was 12 years old, shattered it, had a bone cyst, stopped growing, so my shoulder hasn’t grown since,” Thornton said.

The incident happened during a baseball tryout.

“It’s tough going glove side, because I can’t reach a lot, but I’ve worked hard to get a little quicker to make up for it,” he said.

Chatard head baseball coach Mike Harmon said it’s never been an issue.

“He came in the first day and kind of explained it to us, and we just said do what you can do,” Harmon said. “If he didn’t tell us, I don’t think we would’ve ever known, because it never seems to affect what he’s able to do.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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