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AIM Dominican Republic 2013

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Houston Fire Host Visitors From Dominican Republic

The Houston Fire is a Christ Centered Baseball Team involved in mission work in the Dominican Republic. This year some of the Houston Fire Baseball families hosted 18 Dominican players and coaches for an entire week! Here’s what we did…

  • CiCi’s all you can eat… to meet the host families and assign kids. Ended up closing the place down because of the Spurs Heat game…
  • Baseball USA (Where Marucci thrilled the Dom folks with a gift of bats and batting gloves for each person, thank you so much to the Marucci folks!) participated in a great clinic hosted by Coach V and Coach Witt (To whom we are eternally grateful)
  • Went to Minute Maid Park to watch the Astros from the ALL YOU CAN EAT Outfield seats (I think the kids were more interested in souvenirs and food than the Astros… can you blame them?)
  • Went to Sealy and played the Columbus kids and our own Fire team… two great games with great folks and took lots of photos!
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  • Then on to the Kneip’s country home for some great hotdogs (someone I know ate 8 of them), horseback riding; ably attended to by Crystie’s Dad Mr. Bill, roping lessons by some great professional ropers (they actually made me a left handed lasso!) and a swimming pool that was ROCKIN’! (Literally). All the Dom folks were given awesome cowboy straw hats and their own lassos made by the ropers themselves. I want you to know the Dom folks wore their cowboy hats proudly on their flight back, and they planned to wear them all the way home! Many, many, thanks and lots of love to Donna and Wade, Mr. Bill and Cindy, ALL the beautiful young girls and handsome young men that helped on this gathering; your love and the love of Jesus out shone the Texas sun… please know you made a great impact.
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  • Played the Bay City all-stars at Baseball USA where the Dom folks were presented with baseball equipment that was gathered by the kids themselves; the Bay City kids generously donated their jerseys right off their own back! Thanks To Coach V, Coach Witt and the Marucci staff for the use of your topnotch facility. (If you only knew what the fields look like that they play on every day…)
  • Chick-Fil-A in Tomball for lunch, free shakes, and tiny little stuffed cows then onto to the Premier Theater for the movie Man of Steel!
  • To the Houston Zoo! Most of these kids had never ever been to a zoo… I don’t think Anna and I saw an actual animal, as we were too busy watching the Dom folk’s reactions! (Ask me about the baboon and orangutan next time you see me)
  • Free time! The host families had a chance to relax (yeah right) and spend some time with their small groups! I heard there was a lot of shopping and swimming…
  • Sunday morning service with host families! Our own group of 10 went to our own Bear Creek Church where the pastor during the service asked the Dom group to stand up and be recognized… the service was translated into Spanish via earphones… we had a great time and had many church members stop by and say Howdy!
  • Free time… lots and lots of shopping (3 hours at Wal Mart and Academy was a big hit), swimming, game playing and movies on the big screen TV.
  • Monday morning baseball game with the Thunderbolts (a great game) thanks to Valentin and the TB folks for coming out to a Monday morning game… and lots of photos at Katy National LL, (thanks to Edwin for your hospitality).
  • Prayers after game at BBUSA

    Prayers after game at BBUSA

  • Final pool party at the Soto’s home, with generous helping of great hamburgers and lots of heartfelt goodbyes mixed with an incredible out pouring of love and tears. Some final shopping and then time to pack up…

My heartfelt thanks to ALL of you that participated in activities or helped out through prayer, support, or involvement; please know that your efforts made an impact on the Dom folks and it will never be forgotten. What an honor to make an impact for the kingdom of heaven.

If you are searching for a truly unique baseball family to call home; call me at 832-671-8317.
Thanks, and God Bless! Jaime Arrendondo

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Houston Fire Coach leads Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic.

Working with Athletic Missions International, Coach Jaime Arredondo, his wife Diana and 4 former Fire players hosted a baseball camp/vacation bible school in the Sousa area of the Dominican Republic this past June.

The camp had a great turnout as 9 volunteers worked with over 100 kids from ages 2 to 16 years old. We were blessed with many kids accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Plus we had a chance to play and teach baseball with a great group of kids and local coaches. We will be going back in June of 2013, join us if you can!

In January of 2012 The Christian based Houston Fire started a team from scratch. Our goal was to put together a group of high character, athletic Metro players and parents, for the long haul. We knew that as we taught the fundamentals of Select baseball that we “would take our lumps” on the scoreboard… and we did. BUT! The results are that now we have a fundamentally sound group of athletes that have accumulated Select baseball experience and are more ready to play at the Select level. We are searching for 2 experienced pitchers and a catcher. We practice out of the Field of Champions a top-notch facility with 4 practice fields, a full diamond playing field w/ lights, 2 full cages and an air conditioned rec room. We will be practicing through the summer and playing 11U Select baseball in the fall league at CFSA. We have testimonials and references on the coach’s philosophy and effectiveness available at Firebb.org. If you are looking for a baseball home… call me Jaime Arredondo at 832-671-8317.

Congratulations to former Fire Baseball players as they move on to play College ball: Hayden Chadwick, Cy-Falls – Scholarship to Texas Lutheran, Conner Wrye, Cy-Falls- Scholarship to Texas Lutheran
Patrick Welmer- Scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist… and more announcements to come!

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Houston Fire 10U Looking for Players

The Houston Fire 10U is looking for 2 more players, preferably pitchers. To tryout contact Jaime Arredondo by email or at 832-671-8317.

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Patrick Welmer signs Letter of Intent

Former Houston Fire Pre-High prep program player, Patrick Welmer signed a Letter of Intent to pitch for Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. They are NAIA Division 1, play in the MCAC conference and were the National Christian College Champions last year. Patrick will be a 2012 graduate of Cy-Falls High School.

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Fall South Zone Tournament Results

20111106-222536.jpgThe Fire lost their first pool game to Dynasty Blue, 10:0. They came back to win their second pool game against Extreme Houston, 11:4.

Bracket play started early Sunday morning and the Fire started strong and taking the lead in the first inning, only to fall behind and lose to the Fury Baseball Cyclones, 7:6.

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Fire Fields New 13U Team

This is the new 13U Team Houston Fire organization has fielded. Coached by Richard Santos. We have a great group of boys who are working hard and developing new skills.

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Halloween At The Moon Tournament Results

20111106-104120.jpgThe Fire bos struggled in pool play, losing to Hornet Baseball, 17:4; and to West Coast Aces Red, 2:0. In bracket play the Fire defeated the Athletics, 6:4; and suffered a heartbreaking last minute 6:5 loss to the Katy Rockers.

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Fire Lose; Tie in League Play

20111106-090238.jpgIn the first game of a two-game series the Houston Fire fell to the Tomball Force, 10-5. In the second game, Fire tied the North Shore Bulldogs 4:4

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Fire Win One. Tie One.

20111106-083908.jpg In a two-game Sunday series the Houston Fire 13U team defeated the Sea Dogs 9:8 in the first game. The second game against the College Station Stealth ended on a 6:6 tie.

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