By Carol C. Neugent
A contract to bring the Aviators baseball team to Haysville is expected to be considered during Monday’s city council meeting as the city is poised to partner with a new NBC affiliated team.
According to Aviators general manager Aimee Pottkotter, the Aviators are a summer collegiate baseball team that is part of the Walter Johnson Baseball League of Kansas. She says that the team’s mission is not only to win baseball games, but to instill the values of integrity, faith and excellence through the game.
“I think this will make a great partnership,” recreation director Georgie Root commented. “The Aviators were looking for a small town feel and wanted to come to Haysville.”
The Aviators have just finished their second season as a team. The team is made up of talented college baseball players from across the country. Aviators’ pitcher Cale Coshow recently was drafted in the 13th round by the New York Yankees. The team played its games this summer at Maize High School.
Pottkotter stresses the importance of the team’s Christian roots. She explains that during the summer, players regularly meet with a team chaplain. The chaplain works to encourage the players to consider life from a Biblical perspective.
Going forward, the Haysville Aviators will be looking for sponsors and host families for the players. Fans are encouraged to start following the Aviators on Facebook, Twitter or at www.haysvilleaviators.com.