Baseball to host military appreciation game
03.19.2018 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team will honor our nation’s military members, their families and our veterans at its annual Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. First pitch is at 6 p.m., against Coastal Bend College, at JR Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park, located on the San Jacinto College North Campus.
San Jac (20-7, 9-3), ranked fifth in the country, will welcome Staff Sergeant Uquay Baker to throw out the first pitch.
Baker was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is the youngest of 11 children. Her father fostered in her a love for military service and history, which led her to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in February 1995. She advanced quickly, being promoted to Sergeant after only two years in the Corps. Five months later she was granted the honor of being selected for drill instructor school, where she went on to train female recruits in rifle marksmanship, first aid, close order drill, physical fitness, close combat / hand-to-hand techniques, terrorism awareness and general military history.
Staff Sergeant Baker re-enlisted on September 11, 2001, as the Twin Towers were being hit. She was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2004 where she led more than 300 combat patrols that year. In September 2006, Staff Sergeant Baker was honorably discharged after completing 11 years of service. She utilized her military educational benefits and completed her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. Today, Staff Sergeant Baker serves as Coordinator of Veteran Services at the San Jacinto College South Campus.
The Channelview High School Leadership Officers Training Corps. (LOTC) will present the colors prior to the game. For more information about the San Jacinto College baseball team, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.