Fayetteville SwampDogs players and coaches traveled north to Ft. Bragg on Friday morning to learn about the way elite soldiers train for combat.
The 'Dogs experienced three different military virtual reality simulations that Army members take part in before being called to action overseas.
Players had the opportunity to experience replications of real-life combat situations, including virtually operating and firing out of HUMVs, driving mine-inspecting vehicles and testing their skills on a virtual firing range.
The team also toured the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, where they watched a 25-minute documentary on the history of the division and viewed nearly 5,000 war artifacts.
The SwampDogs concluded the outing with lunch at one of the on-base dining halls to cap off a unique day.
More information to come on Monday.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are members of the The Coastal Plain League and are in their 19th Summer of fun. The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 122 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.