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Thousands Answer the ‘Play Ball’ Call on College Night at BB&T

Three nights after hosting Major League Baseball’s Little League Classic between the Pirates and Cardinals, BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field welcomed another crop of VIPs: the students, employees and alumni who attended Wednesday’s “Penn College Night.” An enthusiastic crowd of 2,178 watched a doubleheader between the Williamsport Crosscutters and the Auburn (New York) Doubledays, with the hometown favorites holding their opponent scoreless in both seven-inning games (2-0 and 3-0). Fans enjoyed giveaways, between-inning entertainment, $1 hot dogs, the company of classmates and co-workers, and ideal temperatures in the mid-70s.

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Reserved seats burst with Wildcat pride.
Reserved seats burst with Wildcat pride.

The magical midpoint when the sun goes down and the lights come up
The magical midpoint when the sun goes down and the lights come up

Friendly faces welcome the college community to the ballpark.
Friendly faces welcome the college community to the ballpark.

Ceremonial first-pitch honors included Wildcat student-athletes Benjamin B. Flicker, baseball, and Hanna J. Williams, soccer and tennis.
Ceremonial first-pitch honors included Wildcat student-athletes Benjamin B. Flicker, baseball, and Hanna J. Williams, soccer and tennis.

The Hofstroms (front row) and Mackeys, among members of the broader Penn College family, brighten their section.
The Hofstroms (front row) and Mackeys, among members of the broader Penn College family, brighten their section.

The college has its Wildcat; the 'cutters have ... Boomer!
The college has its Wildcat; the ‘cutters have … Boomer!

Lauren Healy, women's basketball coach, and admissions counselors Trevor I. Brandt (center) and Sean M. Stout grace the concourse in appropriate evening wear.
Lauren Healy, women’s basketball coach, and admissions counselors Trevor I. Brandt (center) and Sean M. Stout grace the concourse in appropriate evening wear.

A bubble battle keeps fans entertained 'til play resumes.
A bubble battle keeps fans entertained ’til play resumes.

Tearing up the basepath
Tearing up the basepath

The five-member Richards team adds to the family-friendly lineup.
The five-member Richards team adds to the family-friendly lineup.

The national pastime and neighborhood ambiance intersect in the country's second-oldest minor league stadium.
The national pastime and neighborhood ambiance intersect in the country’s second-oldest minor league stadium.

Sharing the evening with friends
Sharing the evening with friends

Homeward bound
Homeward bound

Ready ... set ... sumo!
Ready … set … sumo!

Smiles of a summer night
Smiles of a summer night

Kicking it up a notch, en route to a shutout
Kicking it up a notch, en route to a shutout

"Root, root, root for the home team ..."
“Root, root, root for the home team …”

Students vie for a postgame jackpot in "$10,000 Money Bag Mania."
Students vie for a postgame jackpot in “$10,000 Money Bag Mania.”