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Former ELCA baseball player completes summer mission trip

By Doug Gorman

Former Eagle's Landing Christian Academy baseball player Donnie Menezes is about to start his sophomore year at Atlanta Christian College.

For Menezes, who plays college baseball for the school, the summer has been filled with baseball and missionary work.

Menezes recently returned from the Dominican Republic where he played baseball for Score International and also helped distribute food in the poverty-stricken country. According to its website, Score International is a ministry which sets up short-term mission trips in an effort to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Many of Score International's mission trips are sports related, with teams from the United States traveling to foreign countries to play games, put on clinics and spread good will.

"It was great to see the young children smile at us," he said. "They were so glad to see us."

One of the most touching parts of Menezes' trip was when the Score International team visited a small village to help distribute food.

"We were there to hand out platters of food," he said. "It was sad to see the conditions of this village. That was the one time it almost made you want to cry, it was crazy."

In addition to Menezes representing Atlanta Christian College, The Score International team was made up of players from Samford University, University of Alabama, Mississippi State, Troy University, and Shelton State.

On the field, the Score International team had a successful trip, finishing with a 12-1 record.

"The baseball competition was pretty good there," said Menezes.

Score International was coached by Samford University assistant coach Shayne Kelley.