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Diary From The Dominican: Day 2

The Cambridge Christian baseball team is in the Dominican Republic this week on a weeklong trip through SCORE International, an organization that for the past 23 years has taken players overseas on short-term mission trips. The Lancers arrived in the Dominican Republic on Monday and will return home Sunday. Several Lancers players will be writing daily diary entries for TBO.com during their trip to relay their experiences. Junior Christopher Brown wrote about his experiences Wednesday, which included a trip to the field where former MLB slugger Sammy Sosa played as a child. My experience so far in the Dominican Republic has been one that I will never forget, from the way people drive to the fields the kids play on. It's amazing to see how kids who have very little can be so happy. Although our team and I came to play baseball, we more importantly came to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wednesday, the Cambridge Christian baseball team went off to play two more games. The first game was in Barrio Mexico. The field we played on was thr home of Sammy Sosa as a child. The team we played, the Junior Prospects of the Dominican. was managed by Jose Cano, father of Robinson Cano with the New York Yankees.
It was a close game until the end. The game was strongly pitched by Logan McDougall. The score was tied 2-2 in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh, the team we played had a runner on second and then a single up the middle brought him in to score. Although we suffered our first loss in the Dominican, something great happened: We had 41 players accept the Lord into their hearts. After eating lunch in the parking lot of a supermarket, we traveled to the city of Quisqueya. That is the home of the Baltimore Orioles' academy. We started hitting the ball in the beginning. Andrew Widell held the (opposing) team's bats quiet while Peter Miller came in to finish it up. Everyone was hitting the ball and we made it a five-inning game. The final score was 13-3. To make it more special, after the game 57 more baseball players accepted the Lord into their hearts. It has been a life-changing experience down here. I am glad that I have been a part of it and have seen the Lord at work both in baseball and how, amidst poverty, people can be so happy.
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