Even the best kept secrets get spilled. The Leesburg Lightning is no exception.
July 12 is the last chance to get a heaping dose of summer American nostalgia.
During the Lightning home games, played at Buddy Lowe Field, classic songs blare from scratchy old speakers to provide commentary to particular plays. "Free Ride" roars when a batter is walked. "The Streak" blares every time a runner steals a base. Each retro tune has fans wondering about the last time they heard the song.
The small town experience is captured when players pass a bucket through the stands for donations because there is no admission cost for this summer entertainment. After one inning, the run of the Lightning Bugs ensues which gives the team's youngest fans the opportunity to gleefully run the bases.
The Lightning, a Florida Collegiate Summer League baseball team, consists of talented players from colleges throughout the country that compete in their off-season. Commonly referred to as the Florida League, the Lightning is as close to a minor league team as Lake County claims. This season seven teammates will complete in the league's All Star game.
In keeping with America's favorite past time, there are plenty of hot dogs, peanuts and eager kids vying for foul balls. The traditional seventh inning stretch is welcomed after sitting on the aluminum benches, but seasoned fans come prepared with their own stadium seats.
The whole experience is priceless Americana and well worth the short drive up US 441. The game starts at 7 p.m.