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Reporting from the Dugout

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Joe Bullman starts off the batting in the first inning.

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Gayle Reuter watches from the dugout as young fan Noah Ray "smells the game."

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Terry Riegel gasps in horror as Matt Anderson strikes out in extra innings with the bases loaded to lose the game.

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The pastor’s wife Toni Boswell started at short stop all season beating out all men on the team. Manager Paul Wilson checks the line up praying Matt Anderson will make it up with the bases loaded.

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An electric moment as Dave "Big Daddy" Jones stirs a breeze and triples to right. The umpire said after the game, "one of the most exciting games of the season. Baptist Temple Church lost 24 to 21."

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Steve Carr, the ace pitcher, stands ready with glove to charge the mound and throw heat.

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Taylor Noble looks out from the dugout as the game goes into a tiebreaker. The score was 18-18 at the end of the regulation game.

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Paul Wilson, the coach and manager who benched himself is absolutely stunned beyond belief that he let Matt Anderson hit (and miss) instead of putting himself in the game to win it.

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Melanie Kaufman rests on the bench after a fantastic slide in to third base which later resulted in her scoring and tying the game 18 to 18.

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Gary McGee the Church League President looks on amazed at how well Baptist Temple Church is doing. McGee said this was the highest scoring game of the year, with total runs between both teams totaling 44.

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Joe Bullman was asked to start the game to avoid a forfeit because of the tardiness of Gayle Reuter and other team members. His smile comes from an outstanding performance for the one inning he was allowed to play.

Last Thursday the Alexandria Churches Softball season was completed.

First Baptist #2 came in first followed by Immanuel Lutheran and Alexandria Presbyterian #1. The final game was between Baptist Temple and First Baptist Church at Four Mile Run field. After 100 years Baptist Temple Church has changed its name to Commonwealth Baptist Church, 700 Commonwealth Ave.

<b>text by Baptist Temple Team Manager Paul Wilson</b>