BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sometimes we can't help but root for the underdog in sports and in life. That makes it easy to pull for 15 year-old Josh Oakley of Buffalo, who overcame difficult odds to do something remarkable Thursday.
They say the odds of a baseball pitcher throwing a no-hitter are greater than 15-hundred to one, but Oakley knows a thing or two about beating long odds.
Josh's story began with a childhood where he never knew his father and where his mother battled addiction. He was raised by his grandmother, who unexpectedly died three years ago. It left Josh, just 12 years old, feeling all alone and living a life with almost no direction. His aunt and uncle decided immediately to take him in.
"He was yelling and screaming the day she died," said Josh's Aunt, Vickie Oakley. "(He said) 'I don't want to go and live with aunt Vickie. I don't want to go live with Aunt Vickie, she's so mean. She's so mean.'"