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Coleman Shannon was born with a medical condition known as Amelia, in which his right arm ends at the elbow. But no matter -- the 14-year-old star of his local Little League team recently pitched a no-hitter.

"I'm the leader of the game," Shannon said. "I've got a bunch of people to back me up and that's the way the game is supposed to be played."

Shannon's parents said when they first tried to get him to use a prosthetic arm as a toddler, he hid the artificial limb and refused to use it because he didn't think he needed it.

"I can say that probably 999 out of 1,000 that have a physical impairment like he does would have never even given themselves a chance and continued to go out there and play," said Kyle Daniel, Shannon's coach. "But he's that exception. ... When you think about what he's been through and how much it's taken him just to get to this point, when he went out and threw the no-hitter, it was just a cheerful time for everyone."

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