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Brandyn Bradford: a True Ballplayer

Everyone's fired up for the championship game between the undefeated Mariners and the Kansas City Royals.

The M's RBI have their very own RBI machine, Brandyn Bradford. He puts on his helmet and grabs a bat to do what he does best, smack the ball.

"He's been an inspiration to this team," says Brandyn's coach, Kip Carter, "the team rallies around him."

Brandyn's good buddy and teammate, Wesley Gresham enjoys playing ball with him.

"Every time he hits sometimes he gets RBI's, he's done pretty good."

When it's time for Brandyn to roll up to the plate he gets a shot at another RBI and he delivers a shot up the middle. nats

He races down the first base line as fast as his wheels will take him.

You see, Brandyn was born with Spina Bifida, After 17 surgeries he's confined to a wheelchair.

"All I can say is I try." says Brandyn. 

"At my 18 week ultra sound he was going to be born with missing some limbs." says his mother Teresa, "He was missing his left fibula and his left foot. And that his spine was going to be disconnected but I chose to go ahead and let nature take it's course. He's always He has always loved sports since he could sit up he was watching sports on t.v."

Brandyn decided it's time to put down the remote and pick up a bat.

"All of my brothers play baseball so I asked my mom if I could and she didn't know about it and I begged her."

"And he said 'mom, I just know I can hit that ball." she says.

Brandyn adds, "I feel anybody can do anything all they have to do is set their mind to it."

When Brandyn puts his mind to it, watch out. Mark Richt you've officially been warned because when Brandyn grows up, he wants to be the head football coach at the University of Georgia.

"I didn't want him to use his disability as a crutch, to not be able to meet his goals because I've always had the attitude where there's a will there's a way." his Mom says.

And Brandyn's will and a few clutch hits have helped his team win it all.

Reported by: Melissa Maikos, mmaikos@wtoc.com

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