First Sunday Funday 2016
The first ValleyCats Sunday Funday of the 2016 season was an awesome day of recreation and relaxation! Over 3,500 people made it to “The Joe,” and many participated in the pregame festivities!
Gates opened for fans at 3 p.m., with our Summer Reading Program beginning at 3:30. Shortstop Alex DeGoti and outfielder Ronnie Dawson read Curious George Home Run to a group of excited youngsters! After the summer reading, families enjoyed a pregame on field catch.
Prior to the game, four different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including our 2016 Fan of the Year Sarah Hamilton.
Luke McNamee performed the national anthem on the saxophone, delivering a beautiful rendition following the ceremonial first pitches.
Then the ‘Cats played, winning the game versus the visiting Batavia Muckdogs, 9–8, in a back-and-forth battle that saw 22 hits combined, including a five-run inning from each team. Outfielder Ronnie Dawson smacked two home runs, plating five RBI, and walked twice.
As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Saturday night Sebastian Kessay and Jake Rogers signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked. After fans received their autographs, we had the first “Kids Run the Bases” of the season!
Sponsors at the game included John Rays & Sons, who brought their Komen for the Cure truck, Shmaltz Brewing, Camp Givah, the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, Schenectady Jewish Community Center, and St. Peter’s Hospital Cancer Care Center.
The ValleyCats continue the home stand tonight with the game two of the series against the Batavia Muckdogs! It is Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night and Dallas Keuchel Bobblehead giveaway! First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629–2287, or by walking up to the box office!