On the diamond, the Puyallup Knights are one of the best tournament baseball teams in the country.
"We strive to better our own individual skill levels and then we take that to the team aspect and that's what allows us to be successful on the field between the lines," said coach Larry Marshall.
They travel from Aberdeen, Auburn, Graham and beyond to make up a team that won eight of ten tournaments this past season.
"The core of this team has been together for about eight years since they were five years old," said Marshall.
This past season, the Knights were an impressive 65-3, but on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, they learned there's more to life than just winning.
They went to enjoy baseball, the warm weather, the beauty of the beaches and the rich history of the country. But what they saw during a sightseeing ride through the country changed their perspective - villages with no water or electricity, crumbling houses and people without many clothes.
Instead of ignoring what they witnessed, these young men embraced it and recognized how fortunate they are. Not only did they bond with the Dominican players, the Knights gave them the shirts of their backs as well as bats, mitts and more.
It was a life-changing experience. A lesson that far exceeds anything they could learn on the field.
The Knights finished in second place in the Dominican Republic tournament, losing to Big League Edge out of Auburn.