For a small crowd, the Ennis fans were a noisy bunch, standing to cheer wildly as the score climbed to 6-2, Lions. One whistler with impressive lung power evoked cheers with his rendition of “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.”

As Lion Rusty Collins belted a bona fide home run, sending the ball sailing over left field, his fellow team members rushed the field to congratulate him as family snapped pictures with their cell phone cameras then rushed to call and share the moment with absent family members. The French horn theme of ‘The Natural’ blared out on the sound system.

The song was courtesy of Coach Vance Barton, whose repertoire of recorded sound effects included the Jeopardy theme as coaches conferred with the Skeeter pitcher, a SPROING! sound as a ball bounces wildly in the stands, and the clash of plate glass breaking as a pop fly smacked harmlessly into empty chairs.

He played timeless classics all generations would recognize — Twist and Shout, Sweet Home Alabama. One grandma was For a small crowd, the Ennis fans were a noisy bunch, standing to cheer wildly as the score climbed to 6-2, Lions. One whistler with impressive lung power evoked cheers with his rendition of “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.”

As Lion Rusty Collins belted a bona fide home run, sending the ball sailing over left field, his fellow team members rushed the field to congratulate him as family snapped pictures with their cell phone cameras then rushed to call and share the moment with absent family members. The French horn theme of ‘The Natural’ blared out on the sound system.

The song was courtesy of Coach Vance Barton, whose repertoire of recorded sound effects included the Jeopardy theme as coaches conferred with the Skeeter pitcher, a SPROING! sound as a ball bounces wildly in the stands, and the clash of plate glass breaking as a pop fly smacked harmlessly into empty chairs.

He played timeless classics all generations would recognize — Twist and Shout, Sweet Home Alabama. One grandma was seen tapping her toe to the classic Steppenwolf hit, Born to be Wild.

Barton provided the sounds for the Skeeters, too – and one of their coaches returned the favor by running the marquee lights so each Ennis player and coach had their own moment in the sun.

While the boys played, the parents cheered.

“I’m excited for the boys,” said team mom Debbie Carillo.

Booster club treasurer Susie Betik agreed.

“I love the whole atmosphere of being on a professional field, with our own kids out there having the best time of their lives,” she said.

“My son said, ‘Michael Young played on this field,’” said Rosemary Montgomery, mother of Weston.

Deliah Lewis, mother of players Chris and Jon Lewis, related a similar experience. “Mine said, ‘I’m going to be at the mound where Nolan Ryan pitched,’ and the other said, ‘I’m going to be catching like Pudge (Rodriguez),’” she said.

The youngsters in the stands soaked up all the ambience. In full uniform, the Skeeters bat boy looked like he was maybe a couple years old; he ran out to fetch the bats holding his mother’s hand, another player in the making.

At 10, Joseph Cole Macon was old enough to keep an eye on the score and admire the high school players’ talents. “That home run was cool,” he said.

Every 10 or 15 minutes a jet plane would soar pretty much directly over the stadium, taking wing from nearby DFW airport. The occasional pair of sparrows would fly out over the field, perhaps startled out of their perch by a pop fly, only to find the airspace over home plate wasn’t that much safer.

As the tables turned (on a dime) in favor of the Skeeters in the last inning, the Lions crowd – many from a close-knit group of extended family of the team members – took it philosophically, their support for the home town team undimmed.

Lion baseball booster club president Danny Montgomery’s son Weston has signed to play at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The elder Montgomery said the Rangers’ program is a winner of great public service. “It’s good the Rangers offer something like this, a chance for the boys to play on a Big League field,” he said.

And as the small band of fans made their way to the parking lot, one father and son could be heard plotting the route to Krispy Kreme and then slipping into their version of the familiar Abbott & Costello routine, “Who’s On First?”

A big yellow moon, looking something like a baseball that lost its stitches, smiled down on the Ennis-bound fans, and on the nearby hulking construction of the half-finished Cowboys stadium, looming like a cross between a massive metal orange sliced in half and the Death Star from Star Wars.

Yup, it was Arlington, all right.

Oh yeah – and the score? 7-6 for Mesquite, but Ennis still won.

E-mail J. Louise Larson at jlouise.larson@wninews.com.