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Aaron Hall Plans Minarets Military Appreciation Baseball Game

O’NEALS — Minarets High School senior Aaron Hall is once again working on a project to honor current and former military members, through the 4th Annual Military Appreciation Baseball Game.

The son of Col. David Hall and Christina Lowry Hall, the Mustang senior has been a force behind this veterans baseball event since 2016, when his father was deployed to Kuwait and watched the game via FaceTime. This year, Aaron’s dad will be in the stands cheering on his son in person, along with mom Christina and sister Adrienne.

“The past three events were a great success, where we were able to honor veterans, show our appreciation with a fun afternoon of baseball and a meal and, more importantly, raise proceeds that went to Doc’s Dogs for Vets,” Aaron says.

“The event raised awareness of the contributions of many of our military members and also honored one of the veterans for his continued service to the community after departure from the military. This year we hope to increase the size of the event and raise more funding for the same cause.”

Aaron Hall will attend West Point Academy, photo courtesy Minarets Media

Doc’s Dogs for Vets is a nonprofit organization that provides combat veterans returning to civilian life with trained canine companions. The organization was created by the Pleitez Family in Madera to honor their son, Spc. Benjamin ‘Doc’ Pleitez.

The community is encouraged to come out to the baseball field and enjoy the view on Thursday, May 2 at 3 p.m. as Minarets takes on Orange Cove. The afternoon includes a free meal for any veteran or active duty military member and some great hometown baseball. Donations will be gratefully accepted on behalf of Doc’s.

Mustang baseball is having a good season so far.

“Currently we are 17-5 on the season and playing really well,” says Aaron, who is primarily a pitcher and also plays first base and in the outfield. “It looks promising for us to be in a good spot come playoffs along with winning our league!”

Starting on his senior legacy project during his freshman year is just one way in which Aaron has planned ahead. His goal back in 2016 was to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and play baseball. Aaron’s brother Grant Hall will graduate from the Academy in May, as did their father David before him. Col. Hall is marking 25 years in the military. Now, Aaron will be doing just what he wanted and prepared for: the Coarsegold resident has committed to West Point, making him the first-ever Minarets student to do so as a NCAA Division 1 baseball player.

In addition to the guests of honor, last year’s event brought out the Minarets Cheer Team and the Minarets Equestrian Team, who held the flag while sophomore Madeleine Vellandi sang the National Anthem. This year promises to be just as special.

Once he graduates, Aaron hopes the military appreciation games will continue as an annual event at Minarets, and he believes there are some baseball players out there who are willing to make it happen. In the meantime, come on out for an outstanding day of baseball to commend America’s local veterans and raise some money for a great local cause.

Check out Minarets baseball schedule and stats on MaxPreps.

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