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T-Bones Announce Creation of Northern League/American Association Challenge

12/17/2007 10:36 AM -


On Monday, T-Bones General Manager Rick Muntean announced the creation of the inaugural Northern League/American Association Challenge for the 2008 season.  The four-game exhibition series will be hosted by the T-Bones and will take place at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday, May 3rd, and Sunday, May 4th.  The competition will match the Northern League’s Kansas City T-Bones and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks against the American Association’s Lincoln Saltdogs and the newly-formed Wichita Wingnuts. 

“The T-Bones have had a spirited rivalry with Lincoln in the past and we look forward to beginning one with our new Kansas independent rival in Wichita. I’d further hope this can be a precursor to inter-league play in coming seasons,” said John Ehlert, president and CEO of the T-Bones.

The RedHawks will play the Wingnuts on Saturday, May 3rd, with the first pitch set for 2pm.  Then the T-Bones will take on the Saltdogs that same night at 7pm.  On Sunday, May 4th, the teams will switch and the RedHawks will face the Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, with the first pitch set for noon.  After that game’s conclusion, the T-Bones will take on their interstate rival, the Wingnuts, with the first pitch set for 5pm.

"This is a great idea and I hope this marks the first of many.  Playing against good competition prepares clubs for the season,” said Harry Stavrenos, Northern League Director of Operations. “The crowds in Kansas City during the NL-AA Challenge will be big."

Group tickets to the two-day series will go on sale Thursday, January 17th.  Individual tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 29.  Weekend passes will also be available.  For group ticket information, call Brandon Smith at (913) 328-5682 or email bsmith@tbonesbaseball.com.  For individual tickets and weekend passes, call Sarah Keel at (913) 328-5684 or email skeel@tbonesbaseball.com