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    Brayden Gero, a 12-year-old little leaguer with Down syndrome, finally got the chance to pitch in a high-leverage situation, ending a 13-11 game with a strikeout.

    (Published Thursday, June 15, 2017)

    A 12-year-old little leaguer in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood got to live out his dream.

    Brayden Gero, who has Down syndrome, says it's always been his dream to end a game with a strikeout. But all season long, he never got the call to the mound. His coach, Tim Quinn, takes the blame for that.

    "Maybe a couple games sooner, we could have used him," said Quinn.

    Then came a game time decision in the final inning of the Parkway Little League season.

    Gero's Athletics were ahead of the Phillies 13-11. He came in and delivered three perfect pitches for the win, sending everyone into a frenzy -- including the other team.

    "It's not always about winning, it's about good sportsmanship," said Phillies coach Rick Derainey.

    What makes this strikeout so special is that Gero plays with Down syndrome. But no one on the team sees it as a disability. In fact, it's motivated players in both dugouts, challenging them to play through adversity and take one for the team.

    Chris Thompson is the one who made the final out, and he considers it a privilege.

    "I was like, 'Wait, he just struck me out.' So I had to just go up there and celebrate with him," Thompson said.

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