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Sky Sox season opener

Sky Sox defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers 2-1 to begin their 2017 season with a win at Security Service Field. Photo by Christian Murdock

Sky Sox head groundskeeper Steve DeLeon spreads dirt from the El Paso, Texas, team to honor it’s head groundkeeper Nathan Jones who died in a tragic accident over the off season, Thursday, April 6, 2017, before the start of the Colorado Springs team’s season opener against Omaha at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox head groundskeeper Steve DeLeon spreads dirt from the El Paso, Texas, team to honor it’s head groundkeeper Nathan Jones who died in a tragic accident over the off season, Thursday, April 6, 2017, before the start of the Colorado Springs team’s season opener against Omaha at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox second baseman Eric Sogard warms up before the start of the Sky Sox’s season opener againt Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox second baseman Eric Sogard warms up before the start of the Sky Sox’s season opener againt Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Ushers wipe down the seats Thursday, April 6, 2017, before the start of the season opener for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox against the Omaha Storm Chasers at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Ushers wipe down the seats Thursday, April 6, 2017, before the start of the season opener for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox against the Omaha Storm Chasers at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Pitcher Tim Dillard and the rest of the Sky Sox team stands for the National Anthem before the start of their season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pitcher Tim Dillard and the rest of the Sky Sox team stands for the National Anthem before the start of their season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox’s Eric Sogard hits a double during the first inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox’s Eric Sogard hits a double during the first inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox’s Ryan Cordell hits an RBI single during the first inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sky Sox won 2-1. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox’s Ryan Cordell hits an RBI single during the first inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sky Sox won 2-1. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Pitcher Josh Hader, right, and third baseman Ivan De Jesus run onto the field for the start of their game against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sky Sox won the season opener 2-1. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pitcher Josh Hader, right, and third baseman Ivan De Jesus run onto the field for the start of their game against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sky Sox won the season opener 2-1. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Lefthander Josh Hader delivers a pitch against Omaha during the second inning Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Lefthander Josh Hader delivers a pitch against Omaha during the second inning Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox’s Eric Sogard celebrates in the dugout after scoring the first run of the year on a single by Ryan Cordell in the first inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox’s Eric Sogard celebrates in the dugout after scoring the first run of the year on a single by Ryan Cordell in the first inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox third baseman Ivan De Jesus tags out Omaha ’s Whit Merrifield as he tries to steal third during the fourth inning Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox third baseman Ivan De Jesus tags out Omaha ’s Whit Merrifield as he tries to steal third during the fourth inning Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox second baseman Eric Sogard throws to first over Omaha’s Billy Burns for a double play to end the third inning Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox second baseman Eric Sogard throws to first over Omaha’s Billy Burns for a double play to end the third inning Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox’s Ryan Cordell celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo homerun in the fourth inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox’s Ryan Cordell celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo homerun in the fourth inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Sky Sox team runs onto the field for the start of their 2017 season Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sky Sox played the Omaha Storm Chasers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Sky Sox team runs onto the field for the start of their 2017 season Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sky Sox played the Omaha Storm Chasers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox’s Lewis Brinson hits a single during the third inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox’s Lewis Brinson hits a single during the third inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox’s Brett Phillips hits a single during the fourth inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox’s Brett Phillips hits a single during the fourth inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A young fan stands behind the new safety net along the first and third baseline to protect fans from foul balls Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A young fan stands behind the new safety net along the first and third baseline to protect fans from foul balls Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox right fielder Brett Phillips runs onto the field during the introduction of the 2017 team before the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox right fielder Brett Phillips runs onto the field during the introduction of the 2017 team before the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox left fielder Ryan Cordell is introduced with the starting lineup before the start of the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox left fielder Ryan Cordell is introduced with the starting lineup before the start of the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox second baseman Eric Sogard runs onto the field during the introduction of the 2017 team before the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox second baseman Eric Sogard runs onto the field during the introduction of the 2017 team before the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sky Sox third baseman Ivan De Jesus and his teammates run onto the field for the start of the fourth inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox third baseman Ivan De Jesus and his teammates run onto the field for the start of the fourth inning against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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