With Spring here and summer quickly approaching, the ever-improving weather is a reminder of how many sports-related activities the Lansing area has to offer. Here are my top three ways to enjoy sports in Lansing this summer: 1. Go Nuts! – What’s better than a couple of hours in the sun with your favorite companions, your favorite adult beverage and stadium food? That really is the definition of an ideal summer day for me! Nick Grueser, GM of the Lansing Lugnuts cites “Freebie Fridays,” as the way to get the most bang for your buck at a game this summer. Every Friday home game will feature promotions like 2 for 1 food, kids eat free or seniors eat free, making a Lugnuts game an incredibly affordable option for summer entertainment. Tickets to a game will run you between $8-$11 each. Oh, and another reason to take your summer business to the Lugnuts … they are co-owned by a woman! 2. Play Ball! – Listen … I’m a sports crazed woman … I admit it. What people find surprising about me is that I very rarely do anything with the skill of an actual athlete. In fact, every member of my softball team, The Rivballers, will tell you that the perfect position for me is our permanent designated hitter, (I am a liability when I try to catch or throw anything). But they will also all say that we have a blast! Summer softball leagues are a great way to stay active and meet new people. Our co-ed team plays in the Mason Softball Association and it costs about $33/player for the season …. not counting the weekly trip to our favorite watering hole after. 3. The Little Hawk – This is not your mom’s putt putt experience. The geniuses at Hawk Hollow have made golf accessible — even to those of us who have never golfed before (or only golfed once and won a last place trophy). The Little Hawk putting course has the challenge of Hawk Hollow’s normal golf course and the fun of traditional putt putt … without the tackiness. The course opens up this month for the season and is between $7-$9 to play. Don’t forget to bring a putter and a ball though …. this is putt putt in the big leagues. So, later this summer, when you’re saying to yourself that you’ve done all there is to do in this city, make sure to try one of my three favorites, they might just become your favorites too.