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L. P. FRANS STADIUM

Hickory Outside

TEAM ::: HICKORY CRAWDADS
LOCATION ::: HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA
MY FIRST VISIT ::: MAY 16, 2005
OPPONENT ::: LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS
LEVEL ::: SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE (A)

Hickory Mascot

RATINGS

BALLFIELD ::: C
SCOREBOARD ::: B
FOOD ::: C 
FACILITIES ::: A
TEAM WEB SITE ::: B
MASCOT ::: C

FIELD VIEW

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

From Right Field

SET DOWN ABOUT 1/4 MILE OFF OF THE HIGHWAY OVERLOOKING A SPACIOUS PARKING LOT SITS L.P. FRANS STADIUM. FROM THE LOT, THIS PLACE LOOKS
GREAT WITH THE BEAUTIFUL BRICK ENTRANCEWAY, ONCE INSIDE, MORE BRICK AND AN AVERAGE COMFORTABLE PLACE TO SEE A GAME.

WHAT STANDS OUT HERE IS THE BRICK. FROM THE ENTRANCEWAY TO THE PRESS BOX
TO THE PILLARS HOLDING UP THE ROOF, THE PLACE WAS BUILT WITH RED BRICK.

stands

THROUGH THE TURNSTILES ONTO THE CONCOURSE, YOU WALK DOWN INTO THE SEATING AREA WHERE  THERE ARE 3 SEATING CHOICES. THE  VERY COMFORTABLE BOX SEATS WITH A CUP HOLDER, SIX RESERVED SECTIONS BEHIND HOME PLATE WHICH ARE THE BUCKET SEATS, AND DOWN THE LINES ARE METAL BENCHES W/ BACKS.
FOR PARTIES, THERE IS A PORCH BEYOND THE DUGOUT ON THE FIRST BASE SIDE.
THE CRAWDADS HAVE FIGURED THAT PEOPLE WILL BE BUSY HAVING A GOOD TIME HERE AND MAY NOT BE 100% ON THE GAME, SO THEY ADDED A NET DOWN THE LINE PROTECTING THE FANS.
AFTER SEEING PEOPLE GET HIT WITH A LINE DRIVE
IN THE STANDS, I CAN SEE THIS COMING TO MORE BALLPARKS.

Behind the Catcher

A TRIP TO HICKORY IS WORTH WHILE IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA AND WANT TO SEE A GAME.   OF
THE NORTH CAROLINA PARKS I HAVE VISITED, HICKORY'S PLAYING FIELD WAS THE MOST NEGLECTED BUT THE FANS ARE REALLY INTO THE GAME AND  MAKE IT EXCITING SO THERE IS A LOT MORE ATMOSPHERE HERE THAN SOME OF THE OTHERS.
THE FRILLS ARE LIMITED BUT THEY PROVIDE PLENTY OF $2 PARKING ALONG WITH A FRIELDLY  STAFF.

Managers

THE LINE UPS

LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS MANAGER :::
# 22 MIKE SARBAUGH

HICKORY CRAWDADS MANAGER :::
# 10  JEFF BRANSON 

  LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS

12 Argenis Reyes  cf
40 Wyatt Toregas  c
35 Mike Butia lf
30 Fernando Pacheco 1b
34 Matt Whitney  3b
53 Brian Barton dh
7 Marshall Szabo 2b
26 Chad Longworth rf
9 Brian Finegan ss
27 Tony Sipp p
32 T J Burton LP

The players in Hickory watching the action

 HICKORY CRAWDADS

  1 Pedro Powell   cf
  48 Victor Buttler lf
  24  Neil Walker c
  28 Michael Carlin 1b
  39 Antonio Sucre rf
  21 Michael Cockrell 3b
  23 Brian Bixler ss
  26 A J Johnson dh
  5  Jermal Lomack 2b
  35 Derek Hankins  p
  41 Felipe Garcia WP

Hickory Scoreboard

CAPTAINS    012  010  100  000   5  11  2
CRAWDADS 000  000  023  001   7   7   1

TIME ::: 3:17
ATTENDANCE ::: 1,771
WEATHER ::: 80 CLEAR / PERFECT

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