More than 7,000 fans enjoy Silver Hawks game on 4th of July game

More than 7,000 fans packed Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium Friday night to cap off 4th of July celebrations.

The South Bend Silver Hawks took on the Lake County Captains in front of a sold out crowd.

After a week filled of devastating storms and hot and humid temperatures, the cool and clear night at the ball park was exactly what many Michiana residents were looking for.

"Beautiful weather evening in South Bend, a packed house, the team is playing for first place in their division...that's what brings me here," said Silver Hawks fan, Don Tonk.

The game kicked off with a color guard. Veterans marched in fatigues carrying the United States flag, Indiana state flag as well as a flag for prisoners of war.

The crowd was then asked to take a moment of silence before the singing of the National Anthem. This year the American ballad was belted out by WNDU's very own Megan Hickey.

"Baseball, beer, family and patriotism," said recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Patrick Laskowski. Laskowski and his family came up from Indianapolis for a family reunion but said they couldn't miss coming to a game at the Cove.

Many families camped out in lawn seats, armed with blankets and towels, to watch the game from across the outfield.

While others were simply there to take a break from three days of storm cleanup. Vern Stanley lost power early Tuesday morning and didn't get it back until late Thursday night.

A trip to the ballpark with his friends was the perfect pick-me-up for a week defined by widespread power outages.

Stanley and his friends are season ticket holders and meet at Four Winds Field to watch the Silver Hawks play. Stanley's friend Jim Lovett said watching a baseball game of the 4th of July brings back memories.

"I just think of America's favorite pastime, when you talk about apple pie and baseball and all of those kinds of things...things come back to me a little bit," said Lovett.

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