College baseball teams are not unfamiliar with the occasional road trip. But Vanguard University, a private Christian school in Costa Mesa, is taking the concept to a bit of an extreme.
A party of 10 Lions players, two alumni, Coach Scott Mallernee and assistant Randy Wishmyer, as well as an American-born Vanguard student who attended high school in Indonesia, boarded a 22-hour flight Saturday to begin a two-week missionary visit to Indonesia.
The group flew out of LAX bound for a quick stopover in Taipai, Taiwan, before reaching the city of Jakarta.
They will spend the initial part of the trip providing earthquake relief, which should but may not be limited to, rebuilding and/or fortifying existing structures damaged by a string of natural disasters that included the 2004 Asian tsunami.