Deacs in the Dominican - Day 1

Dec. 16, 2012

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By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

BOCA CHICA, D.R. - The Wake Forest baseball team arrived in the Dominican Republic on Sunday afternoon and went straight to a practice field in Boca Chica.

The team went through a typical practice, with several locals in attendance to watch the Demon Deacons take the field.

"They're playing music - it's a party. You can tell this country loves their baseball. (They have) a lot of passion for baseball," said head coach Tom Walter. "It's unbelievable. There were people out in the street just kind of waiting for our bus, signaling us in. They couldn't wait for us to get here. We must have 150 people here watching practice, so (it is) pretty cool stuff."

While the local Dominicans were excited for the Deacs to take the field, the Wake Forest players themselves also had a good impression when they arrived.

"My first reaction is it is going back to little league a little bit, playing on all dirt fields. It's real nice. Everyone is excited that we are here," said senior Mark Rhine. "It's crazy. You have neighbors watching us from around the outfield. It's pretty cool. You can tell they really like baseball here."

Wake Forest will play its first two games of the week tomorrow morning against Escogido at Estadio Quisqueya and tomorrow afternoon against the National Police team in Centro Olimpico.



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