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The Piedmont Pride in the Dominican Republic: Day 1

A Piedmont Pride player interacts with children in the Dominican Republic.
A Piedmont Pride player interacts with children in the Dominican Republic. Courtesy photo

The Piedmont Pride won the Southern Collegiate Baseball League championship last weekend, then a group of players, coaches and several other members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes hopped on a plane to the Dominican Republic to share their Christian beliefs and interact with - and help - locals on the island.

Today was the first full day in the Dominican Republic with the Piedmont Pride. I am here on a baseball mission trip with coach Joe Hudak for my fourth year in a row. We start every day with a players’ Bible study. Today, Preston Hudak led a great devotion called “Faith Wins”. After breakfast, we headed to play our first game against Jose Cano’s Academy. Jose is the father of Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. We won 11-6.

After lunch, we visited Hogar del Nino, a school for underprivileged kids. Our whole team had a great time there. We played games with the kids, painted their faces, and loved those kids. They painted our faces, too! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the rest of this week.

Jake Wright, 2016 Chester graduate, South Carolina baseball signee

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