A Diamond In The Rough

It's a hot, muggy Chicago afternoon, and the Morgan Stanley Mau-Maus are facing the Pax Option Pygmies across a scraggly diamond. Both Near North Little League teams are undefeated, so the contest is expected to be a close one. But the touts are wrong. Pygmy shortstop Ellison Barnes steps to the plate and swats a long fly ball to right field, which is undefended--only eight Mau-Mau players showed up. As the center fielder scrambles, the hit turns into a home run. The Pygmies win, 13-3.

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