Fans invited to 17th annual Community Baseball Day on April 18

community-baseball15Spring in the Mid-Ohio Valley doesn’t officially begin until Marietta College conducts the annual Community Baseball Day.

The 17th annual event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 when the Etta Express hosts Ohio Northern in a key Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Don Schaly Stadium.

The event, which is organized and executed by a Sports Management class, will once again feature free Community Day T-shirts, hot dogs and Pepsi products. Gates open at 11 a.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The College’s Athletic Department has once again made the event free, so anyone in the community can afford to enjoy a wonderful day at the park. The class of 18 students has also organized a number of other events to please families and college-aged students.

Activities planned for the day include an autograph session with current Marietta College players, run the bases in between games of the doubleheader and test how fast you can throw.

Fans of all ages can also chase down and keep all of the foul balls this day as sponsor Blue & Gray Resources is once again honoring the late Kean Weaver ’84 — the man who started this tradition back in 1999.

“Community Day is a great day for fans to come out and enjoy great baseball, along with fun activities, and free food,” said starting first baseman Mitch Geers ’15 (West Chester, Ohio).