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AF, Navy baseball teams square off for 2018 Freedom Classic

Nearly 50 Airmen attending James C. Binnicker Airman Leadership School at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, hold the flag Feb. 24, 2018, while four F-15E Strike Eagles fly over Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina, during the national anthem before game two of the Freedom Classic baseball tournament. The Freedom Classic is the annual tournament between the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams, which has been held in Kinston for the past eight years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Nearly 50 Airmen attending James C. Binnicker Airman Leadership School at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, hold the flag Feb. 24, 2018, while four F-15E Strike Eagles fly over Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina, during the national anthem before game two of the Freedom Classic baseball tournament. The Freedom Classic is the annual tournament between the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams, which has been held in Kinston for the past eight years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Air Force Academy outfielder Drew Wiss slides into second base Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Wiss is a third-year cadet at the Air Force Academy originally from Elgin, Illinois. Navy took games one and two of the three game series against the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Air Force Academy outfielder Drew Wiss slides into second base Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Wiss is a third-year cadet at the Air Force Academy originally from Elgin, Illinois. Navy took games one and two of the three game series against the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Naval Academy closer Tommy Goodridge throws to home plate Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Goodridge is a first-year cadet at the Naval Academy originally from San Diego. Navy took games one and two of the three game series against the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Naval Academy closer Tommy Goodridge throws to home plate Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Goodridge is a first-year cadet at the Naval Academy originally from San Diego. Navy took games one and two of the three game series against the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Naval Academy shortstop Michael Coritz throws to Naval Academy first baseman Ben Lowe Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Navy took games one and two of the three-game series against the players from Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Naval Academy shortstop Michael Coritz throws to Naval Academy first baseman Ben Lowe Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Navy took games one and two of the three-game series against the players from Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Air Force Academy center fielder Daniel Jones runs down a well-hit ball to right center Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Jones is a third-year cadet at the Air Force Academy originally from Coppell, Texas. Navy took games one and two of the three-game series against the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Air Force Academy center fielder Daniel Jones runs down a well-hit ball to right center Feb. 24, 2018, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Jones is a third-year cadet at the Air Force Academy originally from Coppell, Texas. Navy took games one and two of the three-game series against the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Kids roll baseballs to each other as fielding practice during the kids' baseball clinic taught by coaches and players from the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. More than 30 boys and girls participated in the clinic, where they learned a variety of baseball skills to include, how to throw a baseball, how to field ground balls and line drives, and how to run the bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Kids roll baseballs to each other as fielding practice during the kids' baseball clinic taught by coaches and players from the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. More than 30 boys and girls participated in the clinic, where they learned a variety of baseball skills to include, how to throw a baseball, how to field ground balls and line drives, and how to run the bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Mike Kazlausky, Air Force Academy baseball head coach, talks to the more than 30 boys and girls participating in the kids' baseball clinic taught by coaches and players from the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The coaches and players taught the kids a variety of baseball skills to include, how to throw a baseball, how to field ground balls and line drives, and how to run the bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Mike Kazlausky, Air Force Academy baseball head coach, talks to the more than 30 boys and girls participating in the kids' baseball clinic taught by coaches and players from the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The coaches and players taught the kids a variety of baseball skills to include, how to throw a baseball, how to field ground balls and line drives, and how to run the bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Mike Kazlausky, Air Force Academy baseball head coach, poses with kids for a photo after the kids' baseball clinic taught by coaches and players from the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Kazlausky taught the kids how to present themselves during the national anthem and he taught the kids how to properly introduce themselves to people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Mike Kazlausky, Air Force Academy baseball head coach, poses with kids for a photo after the kids' baseball clinic taught by coaches and players from the Air Force and Naval Academy baseball teams Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Kazlausky taught the kids how to present themselves during the national anthem and he taught the kids how to properly introduce themselves to people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., center, and Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander, right, talk with members of Team Seymour before game two of the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The Falcons lost the series against the Midshipmen 2-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., center, and Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander, right, talk with members of Team Seymour before game two of the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The Falcons lost the series against the Midshipmen 2-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Jonathan Sage catches a ball during the kid's clinic before game two of the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Players from the Air Force Falcons and the Navy Midshipmen baseball teams ran the clinic, with more than 30 children in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)
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Jonathan Sage catches a ball during the kid's clinic before game two of the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Players from the Air Force Falcons and the Navy Midshipmen baseball teams ran the clinic, with more than 30 children in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander, talks with players from the Air Force Falcons before game two against the Navy Midshipmen during the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Navy won game two of the three-game series 6-4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)
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Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander, talks with players from the Air Force Falcons before game two against the Navy Midshipmen during the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. Navy won game two of the three-game series 6-4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Air Force Academy center fielder Daniel Jones hits a baseball during game two of the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The Falcons lost games one and two but were able to rally together in an 11-10 win over Navy in game three Feb. 25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)
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Air Force Academy center fielder Daniel Jones hits a baseball during game two of the 2018 Freedom Classic, Feb. 24, 2018, at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The Falcons lost games one and two but were able to rally together in an 11-10 win over Navy in game three Feb. 25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

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