Braves, Bobcats cleared for game at Kauffman
For the past few months, the Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood high school baseball teams have been busy selling tickets to Kansas City Royals games.
They've gone from door to door selling tickets. They've set up booths and tables around town and they've even got support from local businesses.
Their goal was to sell 750 tickets per team. Their reward was a chance to play at Kauffman Stadium.
After weeks of hard work and overwhelming support, the task is complete.
Early this week, school officals announced that both schools had sold enough Royals tickets to make their game at Kauffman Stadium a reality.
The Braves and Bobcats will meet Saturday, April 12, for one seven-inning clash that will likely be remembered for as long as they all live.
"This is a dream come true," said Bonner Springs baseball coach Rick Moulin. "Anybody who has ever played baseball, dreams of playing at a Major League ballpark. It's something these kids will never forget."
Not only were both teams able to sell enough tickets to make this game happen, but both teams shattered the 750 mark, which provided further incentives.
In addition to pocketing $2 per ticket for each school's baseball program, the schools were able to earn such rewards as attending a Royals batting practice, receiving an autographed bat and ball and other such rewards.
The schools and teams worked together to make this game happen and now that it's just nine days away, Basehor-Linwood coach Curtis Press said he's proud of his team's effort and he can't wait for it to get here.
"It was basically an individual effort by 28 baseball players on my side and 28 baseball players on their side," Press said. "The young men did a fantastic job of selling the tickets and making this thing happen."
Press said other than staying on his guys about getting the tickets sold, he and his team haven't talked much about what it means to play at Kauffman stadium.
But he has a sneaking suspicion that they're all fired up and ready to go.
"I'm going to take my entire varsity and JV squad, as allowed by the Frank White Classic," Press said. "I want as many kids as possible to experience this game."
Moulin, who also plans to suit up as many players as possible was also excited that the game is nearing. He said the team is thankful for all the support they received in the past few months.
"We had overwhelming support from the communities for our respective schools and baseball programs," Moulin said. "Several businesses and individuals purchased tickets and we are very thankful to everyone for making this dream become a reality."
Specifics, as far as who will start on the mound and who will be at what spot in the batting order, have yet to be determined because both teams play a few games before then.
But the specifics of the day have been outlined by the Royals and they are as follows:
- 9 a.m. - Players arrive
- 9 to 9:30 a.m. - Bonner Springs batting practice, Basehor-Linwood infield
- 9:30 a.m. - Gates open for fans
- 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. - Bonner Springs infield, Basehor-Linwood batting practice
- 10 a.m. - Ceremonial first pitch from Royals' Hall of Famer Frank White
- 10:01 a.m. - Play ball
Fans attending the game should take the first Blue Ridge Exit and enter the parking lot through Gate 1.
Fans should enter the stadium at Gate B near the George Brett statue.
Admission and parking are both free.
The teams will play one seven-inning game and the game will count toward the Kaw Valley League standings.
Bonner Springs' Clark Middle School choir will sing the national anthem for the April 12 game.
Bonner Springs sold tickets for the Aug. 30 game against the Anaheim Angels. The Royals will declare Aug. 30 "Bonner Springs Night at the K," and the BSHS choir will sing the national anthem before the game.
Basehor-Linwood chose a July 18 game against the Seattle Mariners and that night will be known as Basehor-Linwood Night at the K, where the BLHS choir will single the national anthem as well.