WATCH: Surprise proposal at Saturday's Silver Hawks game


South Bend, Ind. There was more than just the baseball diamond on the field before Saturday night's Silver Hawks game.

A surprise marriage proposal took place during the first pitch, thanks to a little help from the team.

Brant Barkdull asked his girlfriend of two years, Taeylor Dickey, to marry him by posing as a catcher when she was "randomly selected" to throw the first pitch before the game.

"They looked at me and said 'If you do it, I'll go down with you so I said alright, I'll throw it," said Dickey, who thought she was spending the game with her group of girlfriends.

Barkdull began working out a plan with the Silver Hawks back in April to dress up in full catcher's gear and catch his girlfriend's pitch.

"I thought they would be a little hesitant at first -- putting me in the full catchers uniform," Barkdull said. "They were like 'awesome, let's do it' and I was so pumped after that."

So Dickey threw the pitch and then was told to get her ball signed by the catcher.

"When I walked over there he took off his helmet and I was in shock," she said.

Brant got down on one knee as the crowd began to roar.

"I just told her that she was the love of my life and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her," Barkdull said. "And she said yes."

The couple shared a kiss and were whisked away to a private party on one of the outfield decks.

"We're so happy," said Brant's mom, Sue Barkdull. "It was hard to keep the secret, but we did!"

The Osceola couple says the park will always be a special place for them.

"It was just an awesome, awesome moment," Brant Barkdull said. "I just wanted to do it here and come back and have this memory year after year."


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