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Gage Beavers Proves He Has No Limits

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Last summer we met Gage Beavers, a Pirates loving 4th grader with a passion for baseball.

This summer we take his story one step further and follow him onto the diamond where he prove that he truly has no limitations.

"Jeff Locke, A.J. Burnett, Jeff Karstens, Pedro Alvarez," said Gage as he names each on of his LEGO baseball players.

Gage Beavers, 9, is perhaps the most passionate Pirates fan. But it's not just the Bucs he loves. The boy lives for the game.

"The first thing he does in the morning, while I make him his Pop-Tarts, is he turns on the Major League Baseball channel and watches all the highlights, he gives me the play-by-plays and the scores from the night before," said his mom Kelli Beavers. "He tells me if the Pirates won or loss."

In many ways Gage didn't choose baseball, it chose him.

Born without the tibia in his right leg, doctors amputated Gage's leg when he was 11-months-old. His parents thought baseball offered some advantages over other sports, for a boy who struggled to run.

"Even though it's been a few years since he was sick and in the hospital, I still see what he deals with on a daily basis," said his dad Matt. "He doesn't think anything of it, I know he has to work hard and some things are harder."

"He comes out and runs just as hard as everyone else," said Gage's coach Ricky Jones. "I was teaching everyone to slide, stressing to the that they have to slide at home. He come in and slides head first because of his leg. Everyone lit up they thought it was hilarious. No, he doesn't let it hold him back."

On his leg, Gage wears his fandom. On his leg is his favorite player Neil Walker, and the Bucs second baseman approves.

"He said I was a stud," said Gage referring to a tweet from the Pirates star.

Just like Walker Gage plays second base, but this spring he took the mound for the first time.

"I walked the first batter, struck the next two batters out," he said. "The other guy popped out to third."

Gage's story has been shared across the region. Last summer he appeared on "Inside Pirates Baseball" after the Bucs invited him to batting practice. There he met Walker and other Pirate stars. His family hopes his story inspires other kids to be everything they want to be.

"Honestly I didn't know what to expect, but he's out there and doing it," said Kelli. "It gives me hope that he can go great places and I hope it instills hope in other people in a similar situation too."

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