We urge you to see the Surge

So far, Saranac Lakers have seemed to be very excited about the Surge, and the Empire Pro Baseball League team hasn’t even played a game in its hometown yet.

That changes tomorrow, the Fourth of July, at the Surge’s home opener at 1 p.m. on the baseball field beside the school on Petrova Avenue. We hope to see loads of Saranac Lakers there.

It’s part of a four-day, six-game home stand, with double headers on Friday and Sunday. The visitors are the Road City Explorers, a team that seems to be without a home, living on the road.

Let’s let the Surge players and coaches know they do have a home — a supportive one where they are loved and cheered for.

While early afternoon is a perfect time for baseball on a holiday or weekend, it’s too bad they couldn’t have scheduled a few evening games, especially on weekdays when adults have to work and some kids are busy with day camp. It would boost attendance for sure. No lights would be needed; the sun doesn’t even start to set until after 8 p.m. in summer. The schedule says all the season’s home games are either at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.

But that’s a minor quibble. We’re thrilled to have this team in town, whatever time of day.

Admission will be free to anyone under the age of 16, thanks to local businesses that donated money to pay for them. And for everyone else it only costs $5 to get in, which is no big setback.

So kids, we urge you to walk, bike or catch rides down to the games — with your parents’ permission, of course. Adults might want to consider walking or biking as well, just in case parking becomes an issue.

There’s no reason why the Surge can’t have the best fans in the Empire Pro Baseball League. Let’s make it happen.


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