Wildcat baseball: ‘Under those lights, it’s a whole different game’

Evan Garcia pitching for the Cats

The Lake Highlands High School varsity baseball team will kick off district play tonight/Tuesday with a home game against Berkner High.

Senior first baseman Tate Martin says this district opener – heck, this season – is one you won’t want to miss.

“This team is really coming together with a lot of the younger guys,” says Martin. “They’re working hard, making the right plays and having the discipline to know what we need to do in order to succeed.”

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And with spring just around the corner, Martin says it’s beginning to feel a lot like baseball.

“Baseball is a year round sport, but when the weather starts to warm up and you get under those lights it’s a whole different game.”

On Friday, March 24, the Wildcats will host Baseball Elementary Night, with children invited to run the bases between the JV and varsity games and enjoy a hot dog, compliments of the baseball program. There will be drawings for prizes twice each inning.

Admission is free to all RISD district games, and team parents run the Cat Shack concession stand, which serves grilled burgers, hot dogs and hot links. First pitch for varsity is at 7:30, and JV plays at 5.

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(Note that Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played at Berkner, but field conditions dictated a switcheroo. Friday game will be played at Berkner.) You can see the full season schedule here and a team roster here. Go Cats!

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