Lincoln’s Railsplitters along with Iowa City High’s Little Hawks made history on Wednesday, June 12th by playing the first sanctioned high school softball game on one of America’s most famous fields – the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, IA.

After a quick tour inside the original movie-set and farmhouse, the Railsplitters warmed up their throwing arms and were ready to play. The field dimensions were changed for softball, and nets were set up to protect the fans. There was no scoreboard and no announcer. But the spirit of the game was stronger than ever.

It started with both teams singing the National Anthem. The rain held off, the sunset was picture perfect, and the innings were quick. The Railsplitters started off with an early lead. Senior CJ Risius threw sixteen strikeouts giving Lincoln a 5-1 win for the night.

Nearly 35 years ago it took 15 weeks of shooting to make the classic flick set in Iowa. Most of the team hadn’t seen it until the night before.

As James Earl Jones says, “This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that was good, and that we can be good again. Oh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”

School’s out for the summer but playing Field of Dreams is an unforgettable history lesson.

Lincoln Railsplitters Play on the Field of Dreams

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