Local group goes on life changing baseball mission trip to the Dominican Republic

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Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It was a life-changing baseball mission trip to the Dominican Republic for kids from Complete Game Augusta.

"It opens up your eyes a lot. What you have here, what they have and then just seeing what they got and how they make the best of it," Evans senior, Davis Young said.

For Domincan kids, making the best of it sometimes means playing on diamonds in the middle of sugar cane fields.

"When you go down there and see the level of baseball being played at the places they play, and how committed they are down there. It's amazing," Coach Brian Byler said.

The Augusta Group came bearing gifts -- donating things as simple as baseballs and batting gloves.

"Most of them didn't have nice baseballs at all. Especially the younger kids, when we handed them a new ball, their face lit up with smiles." Augusta Christian senior, Brandon Byler said.

Whenever you handed them anything, they just acted like it was the greatest thing in the whole world. " Augusta Christian junior, Jordan Heath said.

Everyone agrees on the most memorable experience -- playing at the New York Mets facility.

"It was beautiful. They had many fields. They had, they had a turf field. They had very nice cages. We got to work with a few of the coaches there. It was a really cool experience" Brandon Byler said.

It's an expience these kids won't soon forget, both on and off the diamond.