Spikes have all-star fun on tap

STATE COLLEGE — Today, the Minor League Baseball world descends upon Happy Valley for the 2018 New York-Penn League All-Star Game.

The All-Star slate of activities includes a full itinerary as representatives from the Spikes and six other NYPL teams on the South squad take on the seventh northernmost teams in the league.

Gates open at 3 p.m.

Fans can watch the South squad taking infield and batting practice from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. While the South All-Stars are on the field, the North All-Stars will be available for autographs on the concourse. The two teams will then switch places, with the North squad on the field for infield and battings practice and the South All-Stars available for autographs from 4:00 to 4:50 p.m.

Fans will then be able to experience a celebrity softball game beginning at 5 p.m., as gridiron legend Ki-Jana Carter captains one team against Spikes bench coach Josiah Viera’s team. Penn State Legends like Blair Thomas, Wally Richardson, Brandon Noble, Keith “Goon” Conlin and more will participate in the contest, along with former pros Jordan Hill and Jaqua Parker.

Local media luminaries also will be playing in this fun, one-of-a-kind event.

The Spikes and the New York-Penn League will also present the induction ceremonies for the NYPL Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on the field during the evening.

Players from the North and South All-Stars will be introduced to the crowd before the game, and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Fans can also take part in the Mystery Autographed Ball Auction and other activities to benefit the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation. Plus, the finals of the Myrtle Beach Relay will take place, with the winning fan receiving a vacation getaway to South Carolina.

Fireworks will follow the game.