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Dustin Ackley's family talks about his rise to the Mariners

The folks in Walnut Cove, population 1,500 give or take, can vividly recall Dustin Ackley's first high-school home run as a freshman for the powerful South Stokes team during the 2003 state tournament. Michael Matthews was in the dugout for South Stokes when the coach of the team, already winning big, gave a freshly promoted junior-varsity prospect his first at-bat as a pinch-hitter. (Seattle Times)

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