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‘Pack the Park’ Crowd Enjoys National Pastime in Local Landmark

For the 17th year Wednesday, Penn College students and employees enjoyed “Pack the Park Night” with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Free tickets were available across campus and complimentary bus service transported students safely to and from BB&T Ballpark. Fans saw a 4-2 win by the hometown favorites, who posted a winning season in their division but fell just short of a playoff berth. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable outing – with fun, friends and food!

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Admissions representatives cozy up to Boomer, the Crosscutters' mascot. From left are Trevor I. Brandt, Sarah R. Shott, Mark R. Capellazzi and Sean M. Stout.
Admissions representatives cozy up to Boomer, the Crosscutters’ mascot. From left are Trevor I. Brandt, Sarah R. Shott, Mark R. Capellazzi and Sean M. Stout.

Smiles and Wildcat blue fill the stands of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.
Smiles and Wildcat blue fill the stands of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

As evening falls and the lights come on, a Penn College tradition returns,
As evening falls and the lights come on, a Penn College tradition returns,

Throwing out the first pitch was Nicole C. LoFurno (left), women's softball player and North Eastern Athletic Conference Student Athletic Advisory Council Member of the Year, who was hugged on the mound by coach Jackie Klahold.
Throwing out the first pitch was Nicole C. LoFurno (left), women’s softball player and North Eastern Athletic Conference Student Athletic Advisory Council Member of the Year, who was hugged on the mound by coach Jackie Klahold.

Students await their turn ...
Students await their turn …

... to play "The Feud!"
… to play “The Feud!”

Enmanuel Garcia, whose late-game RBI double would give the 'cutters the winning edge, readies a bunt attempt.
Enmanuel Garcia, whose late-game RBI double would give the ‘cutters the winning edge, readies a bunt attempt.

The Capitol Eatery served a pregame buffet ...
The Capitol Eatery served a pregame buffet …

... including such ballpark fare as hot dogs, cheeseburgers and (of course) soft pretzels and mustard.
… including such ballpark fare as hot dogs, cheeseburgers and (of course) soft pretzels and mustard.

Crosscutters acknowledge the Pack the Park crowd of 1,868 fans.
Crosscutters acknowledge the Pack the Park crowd of 1,868 fans.

Shuttle service was available from campus to the ballpark and back.
Shuttle service was available from campus to the ballpark and back.

"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack" ... and a banana?
“Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack” … and a banana?

Gabe Sinicropi Jr., the team's vice president for marketing, keeps the mood light and the energy high with between-innings fun.
Gabe Sinicropi Jr., the team’s vice president for marketing, keeps the mood light and the energy high with between-innings fun.

The scoreboard tells the tale: victory for the home team.
The scoreboard tells the tale: victory for the home team.

Student contestants try to win $10,000 in "Money Bag Mania."
Student contestants try to win $10,000 in “Money Bag Mania.”