LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville head baseball coach Dan McDonnell used a trip to the Dominican Republic to teach his team a little about baseball and a lot about life. The visit included four games on the field, which could help the team this coming season, but the experiences off the field may stick with the players for a lifetime.
“To put into words what we saw there would be almost disrespectful,” said Louisville senior pitcher Anthony Kidston. “To see someone who maybe hasn’t (eaten) in a week or a family who has a bag of food to their name, it’s just something you don’t see here.”
The team saw some of the poverty-stricken parts of the Dominican Republic as part of an outreach headed up by McDonnell.
“It changes your heart, it changes your perspective. Hopefully it changes your focus,” said McDonnell.
While in the Dominican Republic, the team took part in feeding the needy while also conducting youth baseball clinics and visiting a girls orphanage.
“Combining both the baseball and the service opportunities, I think you really bond as a team,” said junior infielder and outfielder Nick Solak.
On the field, the team finished with two wins and two losses against local competition.
“It was really good for our kids to be challenged,” said McDonnell, whose team went up against some former and current professional players. “And for me to get to coach against other teams (in the off-season), that was so much fun.”
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