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Lodi Baseball Club players, host families forge special bond

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Posted: Friday, July 3, 2009 10:00 pm

The relaxing acoustic guitar tunes can be heard from the dirt driveway parting the 25 acres of grapevines surrounding Claudia Jordan's house in Acampo.

Inside, Kris Koerper's songs provide an upbeat soundtrack as his brother Joe, 19, and their Lodi Baseball Club teammate Jake Fuller, 20, shuck corn and Jordan prepares tri-tip for grilling. While dinner's cooking the three collegiate players - with 21-year-old Kris' guitar always within an arm's reach and a kitten so young it is yet to be named draped over Fuller's shoulder - discuss life, religion and their big league aspirations.

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