West Prairie's Trip of a Lifetime

Colchester, IL / St. Louis, MO – Many young baseball players grow up watching their favorite teams on TV or listening to them on the radio. Many may hope to play in the big leagues one day.

Imagine the excitement on the faces of these young ballplayers when they learn they can play on the same stage as their idols.

That's the exact experience the West Prairie Cyclones got when they learned they'd be playing at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 29.

The Cardinals organization has been holding amateur games since the 1980's. It now holds 16 games per season.

Teams must guarantee they can sell a certain number of tickets to participate. West Prairie's quota was 800... they fell a little short, but they were close. They still got to play.

Face value of the tickets was $36, but the Cardinals gave the teams an excellent deal. The team sold them for $20 a piece and was still able to use it as a fundraiser for the program.

To listen to the feature following the West Prairie varsity baseball team to St. Louis, click "play" on the audio link above.