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“He impressed me. He’s stronger than I thought he would be,” Bocanegra said. “He works hard off the ball and does dirty work for the team that people don’t see.”

Bocanegra got into the softball game through his agent. Before he batted, teammates brought a soccer ball out onto the field, and the opposition formed an eight-person wall between home plate and the mound. After lightly taking a soccer shot, he lined a single.

“One for 1. Batting 1.000,” he said. “I stopped playing when I was 15. I haven’t thrown a ball or hit a ball for like 10 years. I was scared today.”