OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned. Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS, two people close to the situation told the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details.
A news conference with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was scheduled for Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, the host site for the CWS. The move would be similar to the regular-season games played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series.
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA - The Nebraska Danger and Arizona Rattlers have both clinched playoff spots, but both are looking to prove their winning attitude. The three-way tie for first place with Iowa and Sioux Falls leads the Rattlers to push for first place.
The Rattlers have yet to fall to the Danger this season. The Danger nearly caught Arizona in the latest match up in Phoenix, but fell short 45-40.
Even though the Danger have not seen a victory since March 30, Nebraska still has the opportunity to make a championship run. This is thanks to the efforts of Darian Monroe as the third leader for tackles in the league. Monroe will have his work cut out for him when facing the number one touchdown scorer of the league, Darrell Monroe of Arizona.
The final Danger home game of the 2018 season makes the perfect Father’s Day gift! Treat Dad to $1 hot dogs and $2 beers along with a night of hard-hitting football as the Danger attempt to take down the defending champs. Starting off the game will be the Cornhusker State Games torch on Relay for Life Night.
Kickoff for the Danger and Rattlers is set for 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at area Pump & Pantry Stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1 or streamed live at www.2dayfm1031.com with live video available at DangerFootball.com/Watch.
An autograph party with players and coaches will take place after the game.
The Sodbusters and the community of Hastings will be hosting the inaugural Expedition League All-Star Game on July 2nd. The best players from across the league will come to Hastings, Nebraska to have fun with fans and compete with and against athletes from each of the 8 charter members of the league. The 2018 All-Star Game logo will be revealed on social media Thursday, June 14th.
Festivities will include a banquet for media, players, coaches and league officials at C3 Hotel & Suites. Then, everyone will head to the field for The Homerun Derby followed by The Expedition League’s version of the mid-summer classic.
The banquet will be held at 1 pm. Gates for the Homerun Derby and All-Star Game will open at 5:05, with the Homerun Derby starting at 6:05 with each team’s best power hitter launching balls attempting to conquer Duncan Field’s daunting dimensions. For a short break from wood bats, and to help slay the beast, players will be using metal bats for the derby. The All-Star Game is slotted to begin at 7:05 pm.
Along with the planned events, the All-Star Day will have additional fan and coach interaction, special side events, unique food options, plenty of fun activities for kids, and fireworks after the conclusion of the game.
Owner/GM Bryan Frew is honored to have Hastings chosen by the league for the 1st Expedition League All-Star Game. “Steve (Expedition League President) asked me if I would want to host the All-Star Game in Hastings. He loves the market in Hastings and obviously the beauty of Duncan Field. Of course, I said ‘yes’! The all-star games in summer leagues are huge. The talent is unreal and baseball’s all-star games have always been one of the reasons baseball is the best sport in the world in my mind. It’s such a fun way to mark the halfway point of a long season.”
Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Monday, June 18th. Sodbusters season ticket holders and fan club members will have an option to purchase early on June 14th. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.hastingssodbusters.com.