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Bayler Teal's family in Omaha for national championship game

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Bayler Teal with his family and Ray Tanner in 2008 Bayler Teal with his family and Ray Tanner in 2008

By Mandy Mitchell - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - On Monday we told you the story of Bayler Teal and how he continues to inspire the Gamecock baseball team, even after losing his battle with cancer. The Teal family is now in Omaha to watch Bayler's favorite team pursue the national championship.

The Gamecock baseball team has plenty of things to motivate it as it gets ready to play for a national championship. One of the biggest motivating factors is playing for Bayler, a 7-year-old and friend of the program who lost his battle with cancer last Thursday.

The players have "BT" on their hats in his honor, and on Monday the Teal family made the trip to Omaha to be close to a team which gave so much to their son.

"The last couple of nights could've been the worst ever," said Rob Teal, Bayler's father. "But watching the team beat Clemson the way they did with BT on their hats made everything a little easier."

They brought along Bayler's hat and a sign he made in May which was autographed by Gamecock centerfielder Whit Merrifield -- who went on to hit the championship-winning RBI. "As soon as it happened, Coach Holbrook texted me and asked us to come," said Rob. "We thought it would be a great opportunity for the family."

The family will be spending some time with the team before the game and will be in the stands once again as South Carolina tries to win the national championship.

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