I love Tony Stevens' Take Me Out to the Ballpark series. The various relationships between the team members and their women makes for great reading.
'Two Strikes' is radically different. No ballplayer trying to show what he can do on the field, trying to beat the odds. But yet...
Two Strikes is about a minor league player who would have been one of the greats if he hadn't stepped on a mine in Afghanistan. His legs are amputated so high above the knee that the therapists are worried about his ability to use the artificial legs they build for him. Like the heroes in all the other ballpark stories, baseball is Paul's life. But he doesn't have the experience to even think about becoming a coach, much less his dream, a manager.
There's a woman in the story and she's a major part of it. There's sex, but it's a story of love. And courage. And determination. You'll enjoy this story.