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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Florence Freedom: An Accidental Double-Header

I drove to Florence and almost missed the start of the game because I'd screwed up when I bought the tickets and bought tickets for the 18th of next month (oops). The game started at 5:35, which I realized when I checked into the hotel and looked online to make sure. At the time, I didn't get the implications. It wasn't until I got to the stadium (and bought tickets for the right day) and was inside that I heard the announcer talking about what a great treat we were all in for today.

For a Thursday night there was actually a pretty good crowd and that lasted through most of the first game. Between games they recognized a bunch of elementary school kids from around the area by having them come out onto the field and run to home. The kids and their parent hung around for a couple more innings, but by about halfway through the second seven inning game most of them trickled away (one last day of school was scheduled for the next day).

The second game.
Florence controlled both games, winning the first 8-2 and the second 10-2 over the Southern Illinois Miners.

The Freedom's stadium is a nice place although the entirely astroturfed ball field is a little strange. I'm sure it makes upkeep easier and cheaper, but it looks weird. On the other hand, they have one of the coolest mascots I've seen (although I didn't get a good picture of it).  If you drive through Northern Kentucky you can't miss the stadium. Stop by and catch a Frontier League game (or maybe two).

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