Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs independent league baseball team is usually the last resort of players -- but some still harbor hopes of making it to the major leagues.

Twins Laura, center left, and Katie Coldin, 5, of Mechanicsville, Va., smile as they get their baseballs autographed by Blue Crabs pitchers Michael Ballard (48) left, and Charlie Manning (6), right at Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, Md., Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Blue Crabs played the Camden RiverSharks, both teams part of the independent baseball leagues. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Twins Laura, center left, and Katie Coldin, 5, of Mechanicsville, Va., smile as they get their baseballs autographed by Blue Crabs pitchers Michael Ballard (48) left, and Charlie Manning (6), right at Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, Md., Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Blue Crabs played the Camden RiverSharks, both teams part of the independent baseball leagues. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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