State College Spikes gear up for opening day, May 24, in all-new MLB Draft League

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CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The State College Spikes 2021 season kicks off Monday, May 24 at 6:35 p.m. against the Williamsport Crosscutters.

In the inaugural season of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft League, the Spikes will host a 34-game regular-season home schedule from May 24 through Aug. 13.

“All of Happy Valley has been awaiting something like this, where we can get back to what we have loved to do here, throughout the past 15 seasons,” said Joe Putnam, director of Communications for the State College Spikes.

The Spikes are one of six teams in the MLB Draft League, giving new opportunity to major league hopefuls.

“The draft is being moved to mid-July and this will be essentially a proving-ground for draft eligible prospects from across the country,” said Putnam.

The team anticipates up to 2,500 fans in the stands tonight. That number can increase after May 31, when the local COVID-19 Ordinance changes.

Fans aren’t the only ones eager for this season. The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau said the boost in activity is something to celebrate.

“I think the community and the outpouring of support by the community helped with the new minor league baseball vision of what the Spikes franchise will be,” said Dave Gerdes, director of sales and marketing for the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau.

Penn State Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Micha Shrewsberry, will be in attendance to throw the opening pitch to kick off the season.

After the game, a firework show will light up the Happy Valley sky. Following that, kids in attendance will be able to run the bases just like their favorite players.

For more information on tickets and COVID-19 protocols visit the Spikes’ Website.

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