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Baseball player named KHQA Hometown Hero for mentoring Hannibal boy

Bailey Montgomery receives the KHQA Hometown Heroes award at last Thursday's Gem's home game. Bailey has been a mentor and friend to 10-year-old Dougie Brawley the last three years.

Bailey Montgomery bats right and throws right for Western Illinois University and The Quincy Gems.

What he also does right is make a Hannibal boy feel like a All-Star.

Three seasons of summer ball with three different teams is constant change but it's developed a friendship a 10-year-old boy says makes Bailey a hero.

"Just knowing Dougie will be here smiling just makes me happy and excited and grateful to play the game," Montgomery said.

"It's amazing . He pretends to be bailey. He has several players as friends but he pretends to be Bailey. Goes through the routine....Bailey is on his mind a lot," Dougie's mother Stephanie Brawley said.

We would like to thank our sponsors Hilbing Autobody and Peters Heating and Air Conditioning for making our hometown heroes series possible.

If you would like to nominate someone you think is a Hometown Hero you can do so right now by clicking here.

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