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3 years ago February 17, 2012 Feb 17, 2012 Friday, February 17 2012 Friday, February 17, 2012 4:30:46 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - Not to worry, they're here to play baseball, and they came in on one of the largest cargo planes in the world.

The C-17 Globemaster can carry up to 170,000 pounds or roughly 517,000 baseballs. On this trip the plane was only responsible for about 20 cadets and a few coaches.

Major Matt Crockett is one of the pilots and says transporting a baseball team is a first for him.

"It was exciting to talk to these young men and show them what they may be doing when they graduate," Crockett said.

Crockett says the team lined the walls of the beast as they took the 1,100 plus mile flight. From the cockpit to the cargo bay, the crew was inundated with questions.

"A couple of them are interested in the C-17 so they were asking about what they could expect after graduation," Crockett said.

Air Force Senior Pitcher Michael Ceci is one of them. Just like head coach Mike Kazlausky, he wants to travel the world bringing supplies to our troops.

"It's a lot of fun. It's a pretty good time for the seniors and upper class men who have done it before, but for the freshmen, it's a pretty cool experience for them," Ceci said.

His teammates agree and say they wouldn't travel any other way.

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