American pastime

Staff Sgt. Christ Parker shows his nerve as he steps onto the pitcher's mound at Grainger Stadium in Kinston before throwing out the first pitch to start the annual Freedom Classic against the Air Force and Navy baseball teams.


America's pastime and America's armed forces -- the only thing missing from the Freedom Classic Baseball Game Friday was apple pie.

The annual series, held at Historic Grainger Stadium in Kinston, kicked off with its first of three games Friday evening. The eighth event since its inception, the Freedom Classic...

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