The Dugout Life

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    Crew Gerber, 9, told teammate Reece Siddons, 11, both of Huntingburg, “This is it” as the Mariners prepared for the final inning of a Little League game in the home dugout at Dan Merkel Field in Huntingburg City Park on June 12. The dugout at the field in the park beyond the left-field wall at League Stadium has seen hundreds of victories, defeats and lessons in sportsmanship. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Reid Schroeder of Huntingburg, 9, buckled up his catcher's gear before taking the field for the Mariners on June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Michael Hasenour of Holland, 9, watched the action from the shade of the dugout during a Mariners game June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Kaden Neukam of Huntingburg, 10, swung from the fence in the dugout May 5 while playing for the Indians. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Mariners Reece Siddons, 11, left, Kyan Thyen, 9, and Reid Schroeder, 9, all of Huntingburg, celebrated after scoring two runs in a June 12 game. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    "Who is that pitcher out there bringing the heat?" Leslie Petry of Holland, right, asked her son Race, 10, as Chad Petry, Race's father and coach, listened June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Waiting to bat, Kyan Thyen of Huntingburg, 9, stood near the edge of the dugout where a Mariners lineup card hung from the fence June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Reid Schroeder, 9, Brice King, 9, and Kaden Thyen, 9, all of Huntingburg, chatted about the series of successful plays from the dugout June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Noah Abbott of Huntingburg, 9, watched action on the field from inside the dugout while waiting for his turn to bat during a game June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    John Schroeder of Huntingburg consoled his son Reid, 9, after Reid was accidentally hit with a bat during a game June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Michael Hasenour of Holland, 9, carried his gear from the dugout after he and his Mariners teammates lost June 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald