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Kids hooked on Goldeyes catch rare morning game

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Katrianna Usipiuk, from Edward Schreyer School in Beausejour, is greeted by Goldeyes mascots as students arrive at the Shaw Park. Approximately 3,500 schoolchildren from around the city and province attended the  Goldeyes' afternoon  home game vs. the Laredo Lemurs.

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Katrianna Usipiuk, from Edward Schreyer School in Beausejour, is greeted by Goldeyes mascots as students arrive at the Shaw Park. Approximately 3,500 schoolchildren from around the city and province attended the Goldeyes' afternoon home game vs. the Laredo Lemurs. Photo Store

While most of the city is at work, thousands of kids are converging under the breaking sun at Shaw Park as the Winnipeg Goldeyes look to sweep their home series against the Laredo Lemurs.

Game time is 11 a.m.

The Goldeyes, who are now 10-2 on the season, squeaked past the Lemurs 4-3 on Tuesday night for their second win of the series. That game, and Monday night’s home opener, are the only games the Lemurs have lost so far in this early American Association season.

Besides a smattering of regular Goldeyes fans, in the stands to see starting pitcher Justin Garcia and the squad are 3,400 kids from 34 schools across Manitoba.

Garcia is in the hunt for his third win of the season. The righty was signed in the off-season after playing two seasons with the American Association’s Amarillo Sox, and has turned in two solid shows for the Fish so far, starting on May 19 in Grand Prairie he pitched to a 10-5 win.

Five days later, he struck out 12 Lincoln Saltdogs batters – the most of any Goldeyes starter so far this season -- en route to a 5-1 win.

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Updated on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM CDT: adds photo

11:49 AM: corrects typo

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