Santa Maria - North County

Two veterans propose during inaugural softball league game

They said yes!

Two vets propose during inaugural...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Softball for veterans - it wasn't just high school football going on Friday night. Vets were out slugging for a new non-profit -- the Band of Brothers Softball League, at Hagerman Sports Complex in Santa Maria. 

This wasn't just the first night for this veteran's league. Two of the players actually proposed to their girlfriends - and let's just say they didn't strike out. 

"I thought it was perfect opportunity to go out while we're giving roses to the girls, hit on one knee and ask her to marry me," Marine veteran Steve Baird said, who proposed to his girlfriend.

All of Steve Baird and Jennifer Flory's friends and family were in on it. 

"I was completely, yea I had no clue.. zero.. I think I was the only one who didn't know," Steve's now-fiance Jennifer Flory said. 

Needless to say, she said yes.

"It's great.. this man has been my rock.. I'm very happy and we're going to do great things," Flory said. 

"This woman has stuck by my side through some amazing things," Baird said.

Jarrad Rhodes, another veteran who proposed before the game, popped the question to Jamie McKinley - who said yes. With all this love in the air, it was easy to forget there was some softball to be played.

"It's just grown to be something I never thought would be this big," Baird said.  

Baird's new non profit Band of Brother's Softball League now has six teams. They've already fund raised about $5,000 that all goes towards local veterans, mentoring programs and local youth. 

"So honorable Judge Flores.. he threw out the first pitch," Baird said.

Baird knows Judge Flores well. You see Baird, who's a former Marine, got into some trouble a little while back and it was Judge Flores' Veteran's Treatment Court that gave him a second chance to turn his life around.

"I can tell you I'm a proud graduate of the Veteran's Treatment Court, I am a prodigy of Judge Flores..and I'd reached the point of suicide which is unfortunate that we're seeing so much of that in America right now," Baird said. 

It's been the love that people have shown this veteran that's brought him to this night, he'll never forget.

"So her ring, it's the Montana sapphire, so they're more rare, there's five of them on there which is myself..I brought two kids into this, she brought two kids into this and she's the diamond that holds us all together," Baird said.  

If you'd like to know about the Band of Brothers non profit softball league or donate, you can check out their website here: http://echovets.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/EchoGroup805/

Or you can use their PO Box for donations: 

PO BOX 2512

Santa Maria, CA 93457-2512


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