Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | A short road trip started off the Surf Dawg’s week. The two-day, three-game series in Yuma against the Scorpions started out on a sour note. The Dawgs lost a 3-4 game which was dominated by Scorpion’s pitcher Kevin Cheppenko’s six innings of three-hit baseball. Faced with a double header in the Arizona heat, the Dawgs bared their teeth, winning both games.

“I’m always two- or three-thousand miles away from home, on the other side of the country managing,” said Templeton. “This right here is a lot more fun because I’m at home, I’m doing what I want to, plus I’ve got a great group of young men here. We’ve had some great performances from some of our players.”

“Terry Kennedy and I were talking about it earlier today,” said Templeton. “What’s funny is to come here and play in Tony Gwynn Stadium, that’s the funny part. That is weird! It’s been real fun plus I see a couple of teammates, like Mark Parent, and we have a lot of fun with it, so it’s pretty nice.”

Tami Rapozo is a San Diego native who has written for several local publications. In 2001, she wrote Keepers of the Faith, a book on the San Diego Padres and their booster club, the Madres.

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