Big crowd expected for 16th annual Community Baseball Day

community-day14Don’t sit inside on a nice spring day, come on down to the 16th annual Community Baseball Day and be a part of the one of Marietta College's best traditions.

More than 1,000 fans are expected to attend the event on April 26 at Don Schaly Stadium. The Pioneers play rival John Carroll University in a key Ohio Athletic Conference game at 1 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. and that is when many of the activities will begin, including the passing out of free T-shirts commemorating the day.

There will also be free Pepsi products, hot dogs, Sno-Kones and cotton candy. Once Marietta College takes the field against John Carroll, there will be plenty of activities during the game — including inflatables for the kids — with lots of giveaways in between innings.

Throwing out the first pitch is John Hefner ’85, President of Blue & Gray Resources in Colorado and former All-American for the Etta Express, is throwing out the first pitch. Hefner's company has been a long-time supporter of Community Baseball Day. Through his sponsorship, children in attendance can keep all of the foul balls in memory of Kean Weaver ’84.

If inclement weather forces the postponement of the game, the class will conduct all Community Day activities on the date the game is scheduled to be replayed.

Each Community Day is run almost solely by students of Marietta College's Sports Management program, and all funds for the day’s operations are raised from the community. Sponsors for this year’s event are American Producers Supply, Artex Oil Co., Black’s Tree Service, Blue & Gray Resources, BSN Sports, John Halliday LLC, Larry Fouss Construction, Magnum Magnetics, Marietta College Athletics, McDonald’s, Office of Campus Involvement, Peoples Bank, Pepsi Co., Smitty’s Pizza, Time Well Wasted, Veteran Process Piping and WMOA Radio.