Today was our last game of the series in the D.R. We left the hotel at 8:00 a.m., for the Royals' compound. However, we weren't expecting the delay we encountered. We were on two buses, the first carrying a trailer full of the baseball equipment. The road we were traveling on was a dirt/clay road and with all the rain they've been getting, it was extremely muddy. Needless to say, the road won. The team had to unhook the trailer and push the bus back onto the road. Then they had to drag the trailer back to meet the bus. We all ended up having to walk down the road for quite a while until it was dry enough to get back in the bus. At least the players got a good warm-up in before the game!
Since we were late to the game, we only had about an hour to do stretching and BP. The guys took advantage of what time they had and made the most of it. We won the game 4-3. It was the toughest game we played in the series, but our guys battled through it and came out on top. Cameron Keysor got the win and Marc Oslund secured it with a save.
After the game we were able to go to a beautiful private beach in San Pedro. There were only a few street sellers there to try and barter with us, but for the most part we just got to enjoy the warm ocean water and white sand. The guys didn't waste any time jumping into the water right when we got there. Some played football in the water and others had a pick-up volleyball game going on the side. It was a welcome relaxing time after a week of baseball games and lots of service activities.
When we got back to the hotel we had a very nice Italian dinner planned out for us on the beach. Since tonight is our last night, the guys have the rest of the night as free time to visit local shops next to the hotel and watch some softball going on nearby, too.
The guys did a phenomenal job here in the D.R. They played great baseball and the locals have loved having them here. Tomorrow is our last day here. We'll head over to the field behind our hotel to conduct a clinic in the morning. Then we'll pack up and head to the airport.