A 14-year-old pitcher for Post 15 Legion East tossed a perfect game this past weekend. That means no one from the other team even got to first base. While that’s a major accomplishment for baseball players at any level, Logan Stockberger did it while battling a rare eye condition.
Summer is for baseball when it comes to Stockberger and so is every other season for this pupil of the diamond with a nasty curveball.
“I just watched a game and I just fell in love and ever since I’ve just been a diehard baseball fan and player,” Stockberger said.
He’s been running the bases since he was three and has a vision to play professionally some day. That’s why when the pitcher logged his first ever perfect game this past Saturday, it was a sight to see.
“It was a crazy feeling. I couldn’t feel my legs for a little bit but after the final out, my coach came and shook my hand. They dumped a water cooler on me. It just felt great at that moment,” Stockberger said.
It’s a spectacle that wasn’t suppose to happen.
When Stockberger was a baby, doctors told his parents that he might not be able to play sports or even drive a car because of his eye condition. He’s been proving them wrong ever since.
“Yeah, I think he is defying the odds,” Stockberger’s dad, Adam, said.
Adam says he was born with no pigment in his retinas so his eye’s can’t filter out light. He also has horizontal nystagmus.
“I have nystagmus, which makes my eyes wobble back and forth uncontrollably. I have no control of it. So it makes the ball way harder to track. When I was little I got told that I was never going to be able to play sports or drive. Today I drove here and I’ve been playing sports since I was little. So, basically, I took that and shoved it right in their face,” Logan said.
He’s able to stop or slow down the nystagmus and focus his eyes using a head tilt. It’s a move he’s developed over the years and it’s obviously working given his success on the mound.
“I love it because I love my son. It was pretty amazing to watch and makes a parent pretty proud to see that,” Adam said.
The soon-to-be freshman at Lincoln has traveled around the country going to baseball camps. He hopes to land a Division I scholarship over the next few years.
“His mechanics are beautiful,” Adam said. “Very proud of him.”
Proud of the pitcher who’s not letting anything slow him down.
“Nothing can stop you. I don’t know. Nothing has ever stopped me,” Logan said.
And that drive could lead to a bright future.
Logan’s team won state last year and they’re in the playoffs this summer. He credits his teammates for the perfect game. Logan had eye surgery at the age of seven which helped him focus a little better. He still visits a doctor at the University of Minnesota every six months for checkups.