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Deployed Airman Disguises Himself as Catcher to Surprise His Kids at Baseball Game

Playing Deployed Airman Disguises Himself as Catcher to Surprise His Kids at Baseball Game

For the kids of a deployed airman, their ceremonial first pitches were a home run.

Read: Military Mom Returns From Deployment and Surprises 6-Year-Old Son on Baseball Field

It was a priceless reaction from Karley Daigle, 13, and Cameron Daigle, 11, after they were invited to participate in the pregame ritual at Five Country Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., home of the Carolina Mudcats.

What they didn't know what that their father, Air Force Technical Sergeant Lance Daigle, thought to be deployed in Asia, was actually closer than they thought — behind the plate and disguised as the catcher.

It all started when Sgt. Daigle returned home last week following a six-month deployment and coordinated the surprise with the help of his wife, Emily, according to a statement from the team.

They organized an afternoon with the Mudcats, a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate, in which Karly and Cameron were invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Then came the big reveal, when TSgt Daigle, outfitted in a full Mudcats uniform, took off his catcher's mask after his two youngest children threw the baseballs, and embraced his family in a tearful hug.

Read: 9-Year-Old Baseball Fan Sobs After Dad Gifts Him Tickets for His Hard Work

“We were honored to help Seymour Johnson AFB TSgt Lance Daigle surprise his kids with a special first pitch as he returned from deployment today,” the team said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

A Mudcats rep told InsideEdition.com that Daigle and his family are now looking forward to making up for lost time.

Watch: Marine Dad Returns Home, Disguises Himself as Umpire to Surprise Kids: 'It Was Painful Being Away'

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