Williamsport Crosscutters host home opener


WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — If you’re a baseball fan and live in central Pennsylvania, we have the place for you Friday night. The Williamsport Crosscutters are hosting their home opener. Friday’s game is the unofficial kickoff to the baseball season in Williamsport.

Players for the Williamsport Crosscutters took to the field Friday afternoon for some infield practice. They’re gearing up for their home opener against the State College Spikes.

“We spend nine months getting ready for this,” Crosscutters’ vice president of marketing & public relations Gabe Sinicropi, Jr. said.

Sinicropi says between planning and prepping, it comes down to the final hours.

“It’s exciting, it’s nerve-wracking, it’s everything all wrapped up into one. But it’s always exciting to get it started,” Sinicropi said.

One way to help get it started? Making sure the concourse is ready for spectators.

“We’re getting a couple of stands set up, getting food turned on that needs to be turned on, making popcorn,” Crosscutters’ director of food and beverage Bill Gehron said.

This is Gehron’s 17th season working for the Crosscutters, and he says it never gets easier as the clock winds down to the first pitch. But he has grown to love the atmosphere the baseball games bring.

“We’re in the back of the house so it’s nice seeing people laughing and having fun, buying food. Kids are screaming,” Gehron said.

For those who come to the ballpark, Sinicropi says you’ll have a lot of fun.

“We’ve got six bobble heads. Our local legends bobble head series. Nine firework shows, lots of great giveaways and always lots of fun!” Sinicropi said.

The first fireworks show was Friday after the game. Now in the past three years, more than $4 million worth of improvements have been made to BB&T Ballpark, including an entirely new field and a party deck for fans.

The Crosscutters will continue to improve the park this fall with a new video board, clubhouses and more.

The MLB Little League Classic will make a return to Williamsport on August 18th at BB&T Ballpark. The Chicago Cubs will play the Pittsburgh Pirates and it’s all happening during the Little League World Series.

There are only about 50 public seats available. We’re told they are only for Lycoming County residents and will be sold through MLB.

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