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April 18, 2014

Safe, but not home yet

Mineral Wells' baseball team walks, plays by faith

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Each Ram has at least one fellow team member who they said helps them grow in Christ, but the two names that came up most often were Chance Wade and Chris Ortiz.

Ortiz, the Rams' freshman second baseman, has not only established himself as one of many spiritual leaders on the team, but he has even led a teammate to Christ.

Sophomore McCain Mason said it was Ortiz that helped him take the first steps into a life lived for Jesus about one year ago. Now, the two teammates attend church together.

"I had been wanting to get into Christ for so long and he just helped me make that move and stop being afraid of what might happen," Mason said. "Becoming a Christian has changed my life. 

"Faith is the most important thing and our team has a lot of it. The Christian atmosphere is the best atmosphere to be in. I thank God every day for the brothers I have out here. They keep me in line.

"(Ortiz) is a great friend to all of us and he reaches out to so many people and encourages everybody to reach out to each other. It really brings the team together."

Ortiz, although thrilled that his teammate is now living in Christ, said he takes none of the credit for himself.

"All glory goes to Jesus, it's not me," he said. "I don't glorify myself or anybody else, I glorify my God. If it wasn't for His Son, I wouldn't be here spreading the name. He's led me to be successful and teach these things and it's awesome.

"Faith carries this team. Every day, we come closer with God. As long as we're spreading the gospel, that's the biggest thing. That's all I want out of this team. I'll hang up the cleats, but I'll never stop talking about Christ."

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