Wednesday was the ValleyCats 4th Annual Going Green Night. The concourse at “The Joe” was populated with all kinds of educational displays.
National Grid taught fans about how much energy old appliances consume in comparison to new ones. Fans were invited to autograph an old energy-hogging refrigerator to help illustrate the point.
The U.S.D.A. and D.E.C. educated fans on the importance of containing the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle and not allowing it to spread into unaffected areas of the northeast. This message carries a special significance to baseball, as this bug destroys ash trees, a major source of wood for baseball bats. A unique display on how a bat is made was included as part of their exhibit. For more information on this threat, go to: http://www.stopthebeetle.info/
and remember, DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD!
Gallivan Companies was on hand for the second consecutive year to showcase some of their lawn care and landscaping services.
Prior to the game, Tech Valley Recycling collected old electronics in the parking lot. This was a great opportunity for fans to dispose of old electronic devices in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
At the gates, fans received re-usable grocery bags as they entered the ballpark.
NYSERDA, Culligan Water, John Ray & Sons, Eco Water, Waste Management, the E.R.C. Community Warehouse and Bath Fitter were also on hand to inform fans on ways to save energy and live a greener on a day-to-day basis. Our Going Green mascot, Zoggy, was also involved throughout the game, teaching fans how to recycle.
On the field, the team took a tough 2-1 loss despite another strong outing from righty Jonas Dufek.
Girls of Summer Night took place at “The Joe” on Thursday, with women from the Capital Region honored for their accomplishments in business and the community. The theme featured a pre-game networking event in the Time Warner Cable Picnic Pavilion and an awards ceremony on the field prior to the first pitch.
ValleyCats Vice President/General Manager Rick Murphy presented four women with awards as part of the festivities. The recipients were:
Denise Dubois from Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness
Carrie Hillenbrandt from BBL Hospitality
Julia Chiarello from GE Renewables
Alicia Germano from 3t Architects
The Girl Scouts participated in pre-game activities on the concourse as part of the Girls of Summer Night. Baseball Buddies was transformed into Softball Buddies, as players from Pine Bush Girls Softball, East Greenbush Girls Softball, Latham Lassies and the West Albany Athletic Association joined the ‘Cats on the field for the national anthem.
Between the lines, the ValleyCats crossed the plate eight times in the first inning, which would be all the runs they would need en route to a 9-5 win. Everyone in the lineup reached base safely and Matt Duffy earned South End Tavern Player of the Game honors for his two-hit, three-RBI performance. Dayan Diaz earned his fourth win, giving him the team lead and tying him for second in the league.
The homestand continues on Friday with Italian Night, presented by the U.S. Army. Come out to the game with your paisanos and stick around for post game fireworks, courtesy of Price Chopper!