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SUN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA

Catcher Nick Ciuffo takes a pitch during a Gulf Coast League game against the Red Sox farm team this month at the Charlotte Sports Park complex.

SUN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA

Catcher Nick Ciuffo heads into third base during a Gulf Coast League game against the Red Sox farm team this month at the Charlotte Sports Park complex.

By LAURA MYERS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Baseball games used to be all-or-nothing propositions for Nick Ciuffo.

He became very pumped up before the game, whether it was a high school contest or a match of elite traveling squads. Every swing had to be as hard as possible. Every throw used all the strength he could muster.

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