MINOT, N.D. - Some special guests joined the Minot Dream Catchers at Aaron's Field Thursday evening.
The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs shared the diamond with some of their biggest admirers. The Dream Catchers organization sets up baseball games all summer long for children with special needs.
When the Dogs showed up to join them on the field, there was nothing but smiles. In fact, it was the Sabre Dogs that first contacted the Dream Catchers before their Expedition League season started.
“It was during the winter time when the Sabre Dogs first called me and asked if they could become involved. I start thinking about Dream Catchers in April, May and they were even before that. They were my first buddies to be set up for the year,” said Michelle Bliven, Dream Catchers founder.
The Dream Catchers played three games Thursday night, and the Sabre Dogs joined for two of them.
Even after being on the road for 10 hours, driving from Casper to Minot early in the morning, Sabre Dogs players still say that they're excited to share the field with kids that look up to them.
“It makes you feel really good inside, because a lot of people don't get to have this opportunity to meet everyone like this. We get to help them out and they help us out a lot too. It helps us realize that this is just a game and it's really fun, so I'm excited,” said Chauncey Callier, Sabre Dogs outfielder.
The Sabre Dogs take the field Friday against the Badlands Big Sticks, while the Dream Catchers return to Aaron's Field on August 2.