This morning we heard from our final team members over the radio. The radio time this week has been a blessing to everyone. A big thank you to Dalton Moore for leading our worship team this week. Today began our final day in Somotillo, before we head off to Corinto for an All-Star game and a kids clinic.
Game #8 featured a new community that Don (Because We Care Ministries) and the local church is trying to reach. The name of the community is Chaguite. This could have been the best pitcher we have seen all week. We went with our #8 starter. Harold Cheridieu took the mound and was very excited to get the chance to pitch. He started off great with a quick 3 innings. Giving up only 2 runs. At the plate we were confused, sluggish, and we were being challenged. We jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to Mark Mortimer’s solo home run in the second inning. After three innings we were up 3-2. The fourth inning rolled around and our pitching began to get tired. We squeezed through the 4th and added a run in the 5th. Extending our lead to 4-2. The bottom of the 5th rolls around and they jump on us and take a 5-4 lead. Jim Wagner comes in the 6th and closes the door. We trailed 5-4 heading into the 7th. We once again rallied in the 7th scoring 7 runs. Jim Wagner closes the game in the 7th and collects the win. Final score FLG 11 and Chaguite 5. Top performers: Harold Cheridieu 5 innings pitched. Matt Swedenburg and Raphael Trinidad both went 3-4. Austin Biggar came in and went 2-2 with 2 doubles.
Game number 2 featured FLG and El Paguil. We have faced this team the last three years. This game turned quickly into a slugfest. We scored 9 runs in the first and they put up 5. We added 2 more in the second. Drew Cassidy started on the mound for us (our #9 starter) and he quickly settled down and blanked them in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. After 4 innings we led 12-5. Cassidy was getting tired in the 5th and gave up 4 runs. El Paguil cut the lead to 12-9. Drew hung in there and finished the game. Throwing our first complete game of the week. The final score was 15-14. It was close. Top performers: Drew Cassidy – Complete Game, Mark Mortimer & Jason Hall both went 3-4. Austin Biggar went 3-3 w/ walk.
Today was a wonderful day from beginning to end. This trip used the tool of baseball as the way to bring the name of Christ to communities that needed to hear His name. To hear the message of hope.
Tomorrow we travel to Corinto to touch a new place. We will be playing in an All-Star Game and will have a great opportunity to introduce the Love of Christ by using the game of baseball and the engaging team. What a great opportunity! Please continue to pray for safety and opportunity.