JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Fans filled the stands in Junction City Saturday night to celebrate the return of collegiate baseball and cheer on the new team.
Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard and Fort Riley’s Commanding General, Major General Paul Funk, threw out the first pitch at the opening game for the Junction City Brigade College League Baseball Team at Rathert Stadium.
The team is attracting players from universities and junior colleges from various states to play this summer.
“It’s been three year since we had a team here. The community always been a great supporter of us. The guys are excited. The town’s excited. We’re really looking forward to getting out on the field and showing what we got,” said Shane Sieben, head coach.
“To get a college team together like this, players from all different colleges in the area to come out here and bring some baseball to Junction City. I know obviously it was a sport that I loved and to bring it back to the community I think is going to be really great for Junction City,” added Dennis Leonard, Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame pitcher.
Saturday night’s game was the first of three against the Rossville Rattlers.
A collegiate team called “The Generals” played in Junction City from 2005-2010 and members of the community as well as businesses and agencies worked together for two years and with the help of private donations, they brought baseball back to the area.