The Ancaster Men’s League love baseball so much they have been collecting baseball equipment and clothing all year so they could travel to the Dominican Republic to share their love of the game with the children of Sosua.
Everyone was happy to leave the freezing cold temperatures of the great white north to tighten their cleats and play a little ball with the Dominicans. The first day was quite an adjustment with a 90-degree change in weather, and the Dominicans showed their visitors they meant business beating the Canadians quite handily.
The visitors then rolled up their sleeves and won the second game. Back-and-forth action took place all week, with the Dominicans recording five wins to the Canadians’ two.
The Ancaster men’s league has developed several pitchers since last season. Eric Figueiredo, Mark Comley, Ron Book and Chris Brownell all took the mound and had their share of strike outs. Jimmy Rogers set up behind the plate for all seven games, and the grit on his uniform showed his tenacity.
Players are now back to reality and the drifts of Canada and are already planning to return next year. Special thanks to Dominican native Kiko Acevedo, who helped everyone navigate his home country, organized the baseball games and ensured the equipment was delivered to the most needy children, which is the real reason for the trip.