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While families talk with players and friends, a Walla Walla Sweets host family member holds a baseball signed by all the players on the team given as a gift at a host family picnic Sunday, August 1, 2010 before their afternoon game.

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Local families offer up a a ‘Sweet' home for the Sweets ballplayers

About 30 local families volunteered to house and feed the Sweets for the summer — and to bring another kid into their families.

WALLA WALLA — For some, they were the boys of summer, fun to cheer on or commiserate with, then go home and forget until the next game.But for another group in town, the Walla Walla Sweets were the boys at the dinner table and their own 'baseball angels.”

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