Athlete of the Week: Sam Thornton

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.”

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