Cats finally hit 50-year anniversary, to celebrate with reunion at Wilder Daze

Ranae Boomgarden has spent the last year setting up a reunion for Allison Cats baseball. Her uncle, Karl Heyenga, an original Allison Cat player, is likely to throw the opening pitch, with his granddaughters singing The National Anthem at the 2014 Cats game Saturday at 1 p.m. The game vs. Osage will be a doubleheader at the high school field.

The revival of Allison Cats baseball means hitting the elusive 50-year milestone. Starting in 1948, the Cats put together 49 consecutive seasons before disbanding in 1996. But, cousins Casey Klunder and Collin Freesemann resumed the Cats this year, finally hitting the milestone.

Since the Cats have never had a reunion, Freesemann’s sister, Ranae Boomgarden, has been planning one for the celebration.

“The Cats have been such a part of Allison history,” she said. “I remember every Sunday going to the fairgrounds and running for foul balls to get a dime. Its just part of Allison lore and growing up.”

Read full story in the July 17 Tribune-Journal.