Archive for Tuesday, November 23, 2004

THS baseball team inks deal to play at Kauffman Stadium

Chieftains to take on Basehor-Linwood after Kansas City-Cleveland game April 19 in KC

November 23, 2004

Talk about a doubleheader.

On April 19, game 1 at Kauffman Stadium will be between Kansas City and Cleveland.

If fans stick around for game 2, they'll see Tonganoxie's baseball team take on Basehor-Linwood.

From the MLB to the KVL, it's going to be a game of a lifetime for Chieftain players on that spring day.

"We're looking for it to be a community day at the K," THS athletics director Brandon Parker said Friday.

Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs have played the past two seasons for one game at Kauffman Stadium.

In previous years, teams from Kansas City high schools have participated in a doubleheader with the Royals. This year, however, will be the first in which the Royals and Class 4A teams will play on the same day.

That's an opportunity too good to pass up for THS coach Andy Gilner.

"It's something the kids want to remember forever," Gilner said. "It's something I'll remember forever as a coach.

"It's not very often that you're on a major league baseball field coaching a ball team."

To play in Kansas City, the Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood baseball teams each will have to sell 1,000 tickets. The tickets will be $10 a piece and the teams receive $2 for every ticket they sell.

That means Tonganoxie and Basehor will have a bigger challenge selling tickets than Kansas City schools because those districts have more people to purchase tickets.

"They've got a big base to sell to," Parker said. "That's why it's important for us to get out and sell."

Kansas City will take on Cleveland in a 1:10 p.m. start, while THS and Basehor-Linwood will complete the twinbill after the Royals-Indians game. Parker thought the Chieftains and Bobcats would probably start around 5:30 p.m.

Fans will sit in specific seats for the Royals game, but they can sit anywhere for the high school game.

"Everyone can watch the Royals play and then watch the Chieftains," Parker said.

Although THS and Basehor-Linwood each must sell their allotted tickets, Parker said the schools would be working together to get the word out about the tickets.

"We're getting different entities in southern Leavenworth County involved," Parker said. "Kids are going to be selling and businesses -- we hope businesses will be able to help us out."

The teams must turn in money two weeks before the April 19 game.

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