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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

With a big grin on her face, 10-year-old Alango Gates of the Chukars heads toward third base Thursday as her buddy, Seth Garcia of Cisco College (Texas) runs alongside her during the Challenger baseball game at Canyon View Park. Four teams from the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series were buddies for Challenger players.

‘It makes the trip’

JUCO buddies enjoy Challenger game as much as kids

There is nothing that better sums up the Challenger Baseball celebration before the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series than the postgame dinner line.
Moments after eight teams of mentally or physically disabled youths finished highlight-filled baseball games Thursday with four JUCO baseball teams sharing in the fun, all of the players snaked through the Canyon View Park softball complex for food.
One young girl sat on the shoulders of her JUCO buddy, both smiling from ear to ear. Another participant enthusiastically pulled two JUCO players by their hands so he could get them a spot in the dinner line.


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