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Ryan Batista walked up to the plate for his turn to bat during his Little League game in Passaic County when a pitching change was announced. The new pitcher steps up onto the mound and it’s the eight-year-olds dad who he hasn’t seen in 10 months. Staff Sergeant Steve Batista was returning home from a deployment in southern Afghanistan and threw a pitch to his son Ryan before he charged the mound for a hug. Staff Sergeant Batista’s wife Jillian said the Lyndhurst Police Department escorted her husband from Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County to the game.