Rivalry game to be played under Friday night lights
A five-game winning streak has the Lansing High baseball team feeling ready for prime time.
Call it good timing if you want to, but prime time is exactly what awaits LHS at 6 p.m. Friday. That's when it plays rival Tonganoxie at 4,365-seat CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the home of the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent league professional baseball team.
LHS coach Troy Andrews said his team is eager to play in one of the nicest baseball facilities in the area.
"They're really excited about it," he said. "Having the opportunity to play there : most of them haven't had the opportunity to play in that type of a facility. We've played on some nice fields, but as far as the whole package - a nice field and facilities - it's a great opportunity."
Tonganoxie has played at CommunityAmerica Ballpark each of the past two seasons during regionals. THS beat Sumner there last year before falling to De Soto. This is Lansing's first time playing in that stadium.
"I think it will be a positive for both schools," Andrews said. "Both schools have started a little (baseball) tradition here, and hopefully they will try to carry it on next year and get at least one game out there because it's a real good experience for the kids."
The LHS marketing class has been helping promote the game by selling tickets at lunch during the week and organizing a tailgate party. The tailgate will be free, and it is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Members of the baseball booster club will help run the grill.