Fargo's Tyler Carroll serves double dutyFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The American Legion baseball program prides itself on teaching youngsters the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship.
By: Eric Manlove, WDAY Sports , WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The American Legion baseball program prides itself on teaching youngsters the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship.
Fargo's Tyler Carroll may be the definition for the Legion after a decision he made that took him away from the baseball diamond.
Tyler: "Baseball is life, I love baseball. Honestly I don't know what I would do without it."
That's a common thought for teenagers around the country, but for Tyler Carroll it was something he missed for 22 games this summer after joining the Army Reserve last October.
Tyler: "Just one day I decided I was gonna join. It just kind of hit me, I never really planned on it. No one has ever really influenced me to do it I just kind of did it."
Eileen Carroll/Tyler's Mother: "It's very special to us as parents to know that he made that choice insight of all the things going on around the world. So we are very proud of him."
While attending Advanced Individual Training in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Private First Class Carroll finished in the top of his class receiving the Army Achievement Medal. He then moved on to boot camp this summer in New Jersey which caused him to miss several Fargo Jets games.
Steve Carroll/Tyler's Dad: "He was a little upset that he had to go to his two week training, he went to New Jersey. So that was quite an experience for him. He was happy to get home and back on the field."
Brent Horner/Jet's coach: "The first time he was gone for about 18 games and then he came back and it was like he never missed anything. Then he was gone another five or six days and missed some more games and then he came back and he's still hitting in the five hole for us and up there doing everything he was before."
Earlier this month the Jets and American Legion honored Carroll with a Military Appreciation Day.
Tyler: "It means a lot to me, all these guys have been so supportive of me the past few years. I just couldn't ask for better friends."
Carroll finishes up his baseball career with the Jets this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Moorhead.
Carroll is one of the only recorded cases in the country of a player severing in active military while still playing American Legion baseball.