By Jeff Dawsey
He rides bikes. He wrestles all day. He plays baseball, and he’s planning on competing in a 5K. Cerebral palsy isn’t beating Brian Castillo; he’s winning the match.
Since joining Palm Coast Little League last year, Castillo has hit seven infield homeruns. Castillo, wearing his black team shirt and matching helmet, gasses up his scooter with bat in hand to the plate, and after the ball is set on a tee, he connects with it and releases the bat like a Major Leaguer. After popping the ball a few feet away from the pitcher’s mound, he begins to round the bases, as the other team throws the ball around, creating extra excitement. Rounding third base, everyone in the stands begins to applaud, and there’s Castillo, with the smile that will light up any room, raising his hands, after another infield home run.
“It is so unbelievable because things are very difficult for him,” said Dawn Castillo, his mother. “Just to have that normalcy where he gets to play with other kids and doesn’t have to be on a team with a bunch of other handicapped kids is cool.”
Dawn Castillo admits that she was afraid to let him go out for baseball, but after talking with another coach who had an amputee child, she went along.
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