Five years ago, Ruchotzke lost parts of four limbs after streptococci bacteria ravaged his body. Ruchotzke’s mom initially thought her son had a bad case of the flu. Doctors told her that Josh had a 5 percent chance to live.
Not only did Ruchotzke live, he returned to the field, with prosthetics, a special glove and a batting device called the Batzilla.
The 18-year-old senior, who will serve as the baseball team manager at Vanderbilt, is hitting .279 with 15 RBIs heading into tonight’s playoff game against Brumfield.
Max Preps reports there’s a chance Ruchotzke won’t play due to a bone spur in his right stump, but given what Ruchotzke has already been through, that doesn’t seem very likely.
“I’ve had a real good run and accomplished probably more than I expected,” Ruchotzke told Max Preps. “But I don’t want to go out sitting on the bench. I have to get another shot.”