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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing tribute game set for this weekend

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  • For the seventh year straight, the Lansing Reds American Legion program will be hosting the Annual Jake Walkup Tribute Baseball game at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lansing High School baseball field.
    The game is in remembrance of former Lansing High School baseball player Jake Walkup who passed away June 30, 2008.
    Former American Legion baseball coach Michael Smith was a coach of the team playing against the Reds after Walkup's death and the teams agreed to turn the game into a charity game to support the Walkup family.
    But, seven years later, the game has turned into a charity event pitting Lansing alumni against the current Lansing Reds. All money raised by the event will be given to the Jake Walkup Scholarship Fund, which awards $500 scholarships yearly in baseball, football and band.
    Smith said the game is a good way to remember Jake and to support Lansing High School students.
    "(Kids) know Jake now as a number out on the fence," Smith said. "This kind of keeps his memory alive and also raises money for the scholarship fund."
    He said alumni of all ages come back to play in the annual game. In addition to the actual baseball game, those attending will be treated to various games, inflatables, team pictures for all of the youth Lansing teams and two younger players will be chosen to be the game's honorary bat boys.
    The event will also feature a silent auction and raffle prizes. This year, auction items include University of Kansas gear donated by Adidas, a football signed by all of the Kansas City Chiefs stars and tickets to attend a T-Bones game.
    While the game begins at 5 p.m., the day's festivities will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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