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First pitch on Memorial Day brings meaning for retired veteran

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Retired Master Sergeant Darrell Wagner threw out the first pitch before Monday night’s LC and Freed Hardeman Game at the NAIA World Series.

It was part of a whole ceremony pre-game, along with a color guard presentation, and a fly over by planes in missing man formation.

Wagner played for the Warriors as a pitcher in the late 1980’s and won two NAIA Championships. After his time at LC, Master Sergeant Wagner enlisted in the Air Force for 22 years including deployments to Afghanistan and Qatar. And for him throwing out the first pitch on this day is special.

“It just means that we need to take some time out to think about the ones that sacrificed all for their country,” he said. “Basically just a little reflection just to let people know there’s people out there who are really fighting for your rights, and take some time to think about them.”

Master Sergeant Wagner returned to LC in 2014 and completed his bachelor’s degree in sports administration in 2016.

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