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Hawks baseball team to play at Guaranteed Rate Field

May 1, 2017

Getting the opportunity to play baseball in a major league stadium doesn’t come very often, but the Heartland Hawks are taking the field on one of the best playing surfaces in the country. On Thursday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m., the Heartland Hawks will take on the Highland Cougars at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.

The field was offered to the team by Roger Bossard (also known as the Sodfather), groundskeeper for the White Sox.

Bossard has a link to Heartland; his son Brandon plays shortstop for the Hawks. Heartland’s Director of Athletics, Ryan Knox, says it’s not only a connection, but a “wonderful relationship.” “Roger is a very nice, very giving man who loves baseball,” Knox commented. “It was his suggestion to have us play a game at Guaranteed Rate Field and we couldn’t be more pumped.”

‘Pumped’ is an accurate word. Player Josh Fewell says he’s amped up and ready to take the field. It will be his first time playing on a major league field and for him, hopefully not the last. “I think this opportunity is great for all of us because it will give us that much more motivation than we already have to play at a ballpark like this for a living someday.”

Zach Speaker, another Hawks baseball player, has been looking forward to the game since it was put on the schedule. “I can’t wait for batting practice,” he said. “I would love to tell my kid someday that I hit one out of the park where the White Sox play.”

HCC baseball coach Brian Furlong is preparing the team the same way he would for any venue. “This is a special opportunity but we’re going to stick to our routine, get them ready to play and go out there and cut it loose.”

In addition to playing on the field, the Hawks will get a tour of the stadium, likely by Bossard himself.

And what’s a trip to a baseball stadium without hotdogs? “We’ll probably do a Portillos stop on the way back,” said Knox.

Written by: Becky Gropp