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AirHogs Take Fourth-Graders Out to a Ballgame

Fourth-graders enjoy baseball game at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie

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    Students from Grand Prairie ISD filled the stands at the Air Hogs game on Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2012)

    Thousands of Grand Prairie fourth-graders spent Tuesday supporting the AirHogs during the team's Championship Week.

    Many of the more than 3,000 students were checking out a baseball game for the first time.

    "I think it's a good experience," Amari Bennett. "It's a good time."

    Teacher Abby Heisig said she waited all school year for Tuesday's game.

    "I'm a huge baseball fan in general, but the AirHogs -- I grew up in Grand Prairie, so this is my hometown, so I love coming out to the games and cheering them on," she said.

    The Grand Prairie AirHogs faced the El Paso Diablos, but many of the young spectators had a hard time staying focused. Children beelined to the concession stands to opt for ice cream and snow cones Instead of keeping an eye on the baseball field.

    "They don't really understand baseball, but they do understand fun, and I think it's a great time for them to be out here today," said Scott Berry, president of the AirHogs.

    Berry also said the baseball team has been inviting Grand Prairie Independent School District students to a game for years.

    The AirHogs had a record-breaking crowd during their home opener on Monday night, when more than 7,100 people filled the stadium.