Nightly Recap: June 26th

The ‘Cats returned home on Wednesday night to take on the Lowell Spinners to kick off a five game homestand. Our friends from Helmbold’s were on hand to help celebrate all things hot dog and 100 years in Troy! Prior to the game, ValleyCats Vice President/General Manager, Rick Murphy, presented Mark, Ross, and Seth Shuket of Helmbold’s with a special certificate to commemorate their longstanding presence in the Capital Region community.

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Also joining us on the field for a very special ceremonial first pitch was eleven year old Nas Williams, a guest of the Starlight Foundation. Nas suffers from Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome and tonight completed a stadium tour that included a stop at Gillette Stadium and a special visit from Tom Brady.

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Helmbold’s put on a hot dog eating contest with three heats taking place next to the Brown’s Brewing stand on the first base concourse. The ValleyCats own Jess Kaszeta established a personal best improving on her performance from 2011. Ultimately she was bested by Gentleman Joe Manchetti, who defended his ValleyCats title with an impressive display of eating on the home dugout in the finals. Special thanks to Sean & Richie from WGNA who were our guest MC’s for the contest!

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The hot dog theme continued on the field as Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish interfered with the Sports Clips Mayor’s Race and transformed an Elvis classic into “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hot Dog” during the 5th Inning Drag.

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Old friend Spicy Dijon Mustard returned from a long sabbatical with some killer sideburns to help steal a victory in tonight’s main event…the Helmbold’s Hot Dog Race!

Between the lines, the ‘Cats won their second game in a row with a 9-4 victory over the Red Sox-affiliate Lowell Spinners. Dan Gulbransen and James Ramsay both homered in last night’s action, and Ronnie Mitchell added a clutch, two-out double in the 5th to put the ValleyCats on top 6-3. Those three combined for seven RBI, as the team improved to 8-2 overall, and 4-0 at The Joe! The ‘Cats and Spinners are back at it tonight at 7:00 for the final game of a quick two-game set. It’s Softball Night at The Joe, as we honor softball teams from all around the area, including teams from the Deanna Rivera 518 Memorial Softball All-Star Game. After the final out, we’ll have our fantastic Price Chopper Fireworks display!

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