High school baseball: DeKota Green's challenging journey continues at Class A state baseball tournament

Green, a senior at Binger-Oney, is the starting first baseman for the Bobcats entering this weekend’s Class A state baseball tournament at Dolese Park, completing a grueling journey that serves as inspiration each game he plays with the prosthesis for the small town full of baseball history.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: May 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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photo - Binger-Oney High School senior first baseman DeKota Green poses for a photo at first base showing his prosthetic leg on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Binger, Okla.  Green had to have his left leg removed after an ATV accident.      Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Binger-Oney High School senior first baseman DeKota Green poses for a photo at first base showing his prosthetic leg on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Binger, Okla. Green had to have his left leg removed after an ATV accident. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

BINGER — DeKota Green handed his prosthetic back to his mom Jennifer four years ago full of frustration.

He was nearing the point of no return.

“I’d tell her I’m done and go put it up and want to stick to crutches,” Green said.

There was the constant pain in his left leg after eight surgeries, which included removing the lower portion. There was the mental agony he felt.

Green, however, found his way away from the abyss, and all it took was a hunting trip.

“When I went on that hunt, I didn’t really want anyone to help me because I had to climb into stands and things,” Green said. “I like to be able to do anything. I like to be able to get out and do everything that everybody else can.”

He hasn’t slowed down since.

Green, now a senior at Binger-Oney, is the starting first baseman for the Bobcats entering this weekend’s Class A state baseball tournament at Dolese Park, completing a grueling journey that serves as inspiration each game he plays with the prosthesis for the small town full of baseball history.

He’s hitting .362 with a home run and 20 RBIs, while also pitching.

“He’s an inspiration to me and I’ve been around a long time and I’ve played a lot of baseball,” said Binger-Oney coach Reggie Willits, a former outfielder for Oklahoma and the Los Angeles Angels. “What he shows them kids is there’s no excuse. A lot of kids think the second they feel anything, they can’t play. (What) they don’t understand is you see those guys on TV, they never feel good. They play hurt every day.

“DeKota pushes them kids because they don’t have an excuse. Nobody says that, but by him being there you don’t have to say it.”

During the fall state championship game, Green played with his prosthesis on the verge of breaking. He was missing a piece that held it together, but he somehow survived the game and helped the Bobcats win their first title in more than 20 years.

Green even pitched a game last season with a broken finger on his pitching hand.

“The ones that draw the headlines are the ones that end up drafted in the first round and the ones that go to OU and OSU and LSU, go to places like that, but that’s not what high school sports is about,” Willits said. “I think the epitome of high school sports should be what he is, and that’s somebody that has maximized his ability to what it was.”


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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