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McConnell Airman throws first pitch

Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, 344th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, throws the ceremonial first pitch at the NCAA Women’s College World Series, June 6, 2017, at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, OGE Energy Field, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The NCAA held a military appreciation night to thank service members and veterans for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lieutenant Carla Stefaniak)

Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, 344th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, throws the ceremonial first pitch at the NCAA Women’s College World Series, June 6, 2017, at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, OGE Energy Field, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The NCAA held a military appreciation night to thank service members and veterans for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lieutenant Carla Stefaniak)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, 344th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, threw the ceremonial first pitch at a military appreciation night during the final game in the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June 6.

During the series’ Military Appreciation Night, Warren, along with other veterans and service members, was recognized for her service in the Air Force.

“It was such an honor and an awesome experience to be chosen to represent McConnell in such a big way,” said Warren. “It was humbling to have people approach me after and thank me for my service.”

Warren, a Hazlet, New Jersey native, played softball in her youth, and leaped at the opportunity to participate and represent McConnell and the Air Force.

“Having played [softball] when I was younger, I was so excited to throw the first pitch,” she said. “But when I stood in the middle of the field, I saw thousands of people looking at me, and got nervous, because I didn’t want to mess up in front of all of these people.”

University of Oklahoma won in the top of the 7th inning against the University of Florida, 5-4.