It was a special night on the baseball diamond for Des Moines Lincoln and for one member of the team in particular.
It was the annual “Honor the Military” night complete with camouflage jerseys. Senior Chandler Baty had better get used to camouflage. He’s joining the National Guard to become a helicopter pilot and mechanic.
Before Wednesday’s game, he renewed his oath to the military with a mock swearing in ceremony.
Then came the big surprise – a check from the Guard for $55,000 to go towards Chandler’s college expenses.
Chandler’s family says he’s earned these accolades but chandler says the night wasn’t all about him.
“I was part of the event but it’s not only me at all, no were near only me. There’s people overseas right now doing jobs I couldn’t imagine,” Chandler said.
Chandler says he will wear his camo Lincoln jersey when he ships out for basic training this summer.