As Barton Community College baseball player Skylar Hill undergoes chemotherapy for recently diagnosed cancer, the support both from the community and nationwide has also began.
Cougars head coach Mike Warren and the Barton baseball team invite additional support in attending “Strike Out Cancer” fundraising events during the Cougars’ the series against Hutchinson, starting April 26 at Lawson-Biggs Field.
“Pack the Park” night will take place on Friday with raffle ticket opportunities throughout the evening’s 6:30 p.m. nine-inning game against the Blue Dragons.
Gate admission will be $5 with $1 hot dogs to go along with numerous donated raffle items, including Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies baseball tickets.
The baseball games on Saturday will have free gate admission as the public is invited to participate in “Supper with Skylar” — a free-will donation dinner at the ball park after the conclusion of the second game. Saturday’s seven-inning doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.
In addition to the fundraising events, the weekend series impacts each team’s future in the upcoming region playoffs.
Barton, which is 9-19 in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division play, is currently tied with Pratt for eighth. Both are vying for the final playoff position from the West.
Hutchinson, which is 11-17 in the West, sits in sixth and seeks to ensure its standing in the top eight.
The teams will conclude the four-game series on Sunday with a single nine-inning game, slated for 2 p.m.