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Record breaking crowd at Dickey-Stephens helps Vilonia/Mayflower rebuild nest

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North Little Rock (KATV) – An hour before the gates were scheduled to open at Dickey Stevens Park, fans in their Mayflower purple or Vilonia red came to get a good seat.

Just after the first pitch was thrown, the crowd had become standing room only. Tuesday’s attendance was the second highest for Dickey-Stevens Stadium with 8,014 people, only second to Razorback games.

“I feel kind of nervous” said Vilonia baseball player Jeremy Nicholson. “I’m not used to this much.”

Vilonia Mayor James Firestone and Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland were all smiles as they saw the record attendance fill the minor league stadium.

“We’re brothers by choice, there is no better place than Faulkner County” Said Mayor Holland. “And we’re in agreement on who’s going to win; we’re both taking the Eagles!” Said Mayor Firestone.

Both Mayors brought their smiles to the pitching mound to Join Governor Mike Beebe to throw out the first pitch.

Mayflower baseball player Garrett Taylor explained how he feels playing a team that’s from a town that has gone through the same thing his has.

“Usually you go out and you hate the team you’re about to play, but I love every single one of them, and I don’t even know them.”

Inside the Travelers front office, volunteers count cast donations that cover the majority of a big office table. Before concession, the amount raised was estimated at over $100,000.