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An eye for success


Madison, WI -

The Madison College baseball team, formerly MATC, is heading to the NJCAA Division 2 College World Series.  It starts Saturday May 29th in Enid, Oklahoma.

One of the guys who helped the Wolfpack get there is Menomonee Falls Tanner Vavra.  Vavra is a freshman for Madison College.  He's the best hitter on the team and he's also completely blind in one eye.  With a batting average of .419, Tanner knows his way around the plate.  Being blind in one eye makes no difference to Tanner.  The kid can play ball and play it well. 

   When Vavra was three years old, he damaged his eye in a fishing accident. Doctors fixed the eye, but when he was ten he suffered permanent damage to the eye while playing football.  Doctors said he wouldn't be able to play sports anymore, but Vavra didn't listen.

   Tanner Vavra has been around baseball his whole life because his father, Joe Vavra, is currently the hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins.  Tanner grew up with major league players.  In face Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly used to babysit Tanner.

    Click on the video icon to watch Tanner Vavra's complete story.

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