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First varsity hit holds special meaning for high school athlete with cancer

Updated: August 24, 2011, 6:19 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

FREEDOM, Pa. -- The biggest baseball game of the year is on a worn-out lot in the back of a middle school. Win this game, and Freedom High School goes to the playoffs. Young men walk through the hallways with serious stares, and not just because it's red-and-white day at the high school. John Challis wants to go to the playoffs before he dies.

He is waiting for an assembly, two hours before the game Wednesday, when his high school principal walks in. He wants to make sure Challis knows ...

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