Spring baseball on a cold, 38-degree night paid off for the Lexington Legends and the hearty fans in attendance at Whitaker Bank Ballpark as they won their opener 7-4 against the Lakewood BlueClaws Thursday night. The announced crowd of 3,311 and 27 dogs got a chance to see Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress and a competitive if a little sloppy South Atlantic League game that saw both of the Legends’ native Kentuckians figure in the outcome.
The Lexington Legends bring back a few familiar faces, new food, promotions and fireworks, the South Atlantic League All-Star Game and thousands of dollars of improvements to Whitaker Bank Ballpark and as they open the season Thursday night. Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will sign autographs after the gates open at 5 p.m. leading up to his ceremonial first pitch. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.
The Lexington Legends’ opening day roster will include two players with strong local ties, two top returnees from last year’s pitching staff and some prospects in the Kansas City Royals’ system who are moving up from the rookie leagues.