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Downriver umps make trip to Toledo for Lincoln Park 'home' game PHOTOS

  • Standing on the first base line are Scott Neifbert (left), Gary Kulchar, Jay Steffensky and Chris Zombor, the members of the crew the umpired Saturday night’s game between Lincoln Park and Deaborn at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. Photo by Dave Herndon.
  • Chris Zombor (left) and Jay Steffensky talk between innings of a game they umpired at Toledo’s Fifth Third Field. The entire crew is from Downriver. Photo by Dave Chapman
  • Gary Kulchar was behind the plate at Fifth Third Field as Lincoln Park downed Dearborn 10-0 Saturday.
It’s about 60 miles from Lincoln Park High School to Fifth Third Field in Toledo.

That how far the four umpires had to travel for their “home” game between the Railsplitters and the Dearborn Pioneers.

The stadium is the home of the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

The crew consisted of Scott Neifbert, Gary Kulchar, Jay Steffensky and Chris Zombor.

“We do games for Lincoln Park,” Kulchar said. “Since this was a ‘home’ game for them we got to do it.”

While it was a long drive, Neifbert said it was “well worth it” for the experience of calling a game at the minor league stadium.

“Definitely the farthest we’ve traveled for a home game,” Steffensky said.

Toledo was named the “top minor league market” for all of baseball by the “Sports Business Journal” last year.

Fifth Third Field opened with the start of the 2002 Mudhens’ season and holds nearly 9,000 fans.

In order to schedule the game, the teams participated in a program in which they sold ticket vouchers for Mud Hens’ home games, which also doubled as a fundraiser for the Rails.

Last Updated: 5/4/2014 9:43:08 PM EST

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