Minors Tour of Duty

Texas Army National Guard Private First Class Stephanie Hall didn’t know if she would walk after surviving a helicopter crash in Iraq last November. Not only did she do that, but she took the mound under her own strength to toss the ceremonial first pitch prior to a game during a tour of Minor League games in Texas during the month of July.

Guardatmidlandgame_2 Hall and other Texas Army National Guard soldiers visited five Minor League baseball games during their tour, including stops at the Round Rock Express, San Antonio Missions, Midland RockHounds and Corpus Christi Hooks. Texas Army National Guard soldier involvement included throwing out the first pitch, presentation of colors and singing the National Anthem.

"We were extremely honored to have our Texas Army National Guard soldiers present during a game of America’s national pastime at a neighborhood ballpark to interact with the people of the Texas communities that we serve," Texas Army National Guard  Lt. Col. Tracy Norris said.

Everybody in attendance at the Corpus Christi Hooks game July 28 witnessed a combined perfect game by three Hooks pitchers in their 3-0 victory against the Frisco RoughRiders. Texas Army National Guard soldiers were not needed for pitching duty.

To view a recap of all the games, please visit the website of the Texas Army National Guard.

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