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Joining Forces: Military All-Stars Martinez, Seiter team up with Gems

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Steven Seiter has helped add depth to the catcher position for Chris Martin and the Gems. Steven Seiter has helped add depth to the catcher position for Chris Martin and the Gems.
Dalton Martinez will play out his senior year at Southern Polytechnic after his summer with the Gems comes to an end. Dalton Martinez will play out his senior year at Southern Polytechnic after his summer with the Gems comes to an end.

QUINCY, Il. (WGEM) -- The two newest additions to the Quincy Gems roster didn't arrive the traditional way.

Dalton Martinez and Steven Seiter were in town playing for the Military All-Star team, and that same night, made the decision to jump on board, remaining in Quincy to chase a Prospect League Title.

"We stopped here in Quincy, and played a night game and we loved the atmosphere out here," Dalton Martinez explained to WGEM Sports.

"Coach asked if we would stay and help them contend for a championship,and we thought what would be a better place to stay and play than in Quincy?"

"You know I was looking forward to going home, we only had a week or two left (with the Military All-Stars)," Steven Seiter added.

"But then you get the opportunity to play in a great town in front of great people with a chance of winning a championship, that's what we've played our whole lives for you know?"

The newest pair of Quincy Gems say that the opportunity to play with the Military All-Stars was an experience that changed they way they look at baseball, and at life.

"The joy (the Military All-Stars) bring to the baseball field, you don't see that at the college level," Seiter expressed.

"It's more about the team, there's no 'I' with those guys. It's about coming out to win and represent our country."

"Playing with the Military All-Stars helped me a lot getting to know those guys and what their career path has been something that I've looked into since I've been on the team," Martinez added.

"It might be my career, you know, it just depends on how baseball works out."

Along with Martinez, Seiter also plans on pursuing a career in the Military after his run on the diamond is over, following in his family footsteps.

"My brother is the one guiding me he's the one guiding me through my whole baseball career, and he was in the military and he' actually a big part of the military all-star program," Seiter explained.

"So talking to him and talking to those guys, I believe that could be a possible career path as well."

"With those guys, certain conversations with them can really change your life. Some of the things they do, some of the things they've been through, you know?"

With just a couple weeks left in the season, Seiter and Martinez can still have a big impact for the Gems before heading back to college at Souther Polytechnic.

Quincy is currently 2.5 games out of first place in the West Division.

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