Submitted photo by Jennie Banuelos

It was a surprise party for Lauren Ronning when her father, Major Mark A. Ronning, appeared unexpectedly at an Oregon Panthers game. The game was during a softball tournament in Kelso, Wash. Major Ronning, who was stationed in Iraq, promised his daughter he would be home in time for her 15th birthday, which was Sunday, April 25. But things moved a little slower than planned and that date was pushed back to Friday, April 30. But Ronning arranged a pass to surprise his daughter at the tournament. The Ronning family lives in Keizer.