Thursday night marked the beginning of Spinners 2015 baseball at LeLacheur Park. The festivities began with a number of pre-game on-field ceremonies, including Field of Dreams, Thomas the Tank Engine rides, and a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by Miss Massachusetts, Lauren Kuhn.
Additionally, Drew Weber and the Joann Weber Fund recognized 16 local charities last night by bringing them on the field before the first pitch and presenting them with a donation. The charities recognized were: A.C.T.I.O.N (Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood), Alternative House, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Budget Buddies, Forget Them Not, Ironstone Farm, Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell Kiwanis Club, Melmark, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, My Father’s House, Operation Delta Dog, Page Apartments, Power of Flowers Project, Whistler House Museum of Art, and Zack’s Team Foundation. The representatives from the charities stuck around for the game and a good time was had by all!
The Spinners began their contest against the Aberdeen IronBirds at 7:17PM, with Danny Rosenbaum on the mound for the Spinners. The Spinners entered the game with a 5-1 record. Rosenbaum struggled with control but was able to go four innings giving up three earned runs. The Spinners’ offense started strong, scoring two in the first, but the IronBirds plated three in the third to take the lead. Lowell didn’t stay behind for long though, and their bats exploded for four runs in the bottom of the third, all four coming with two outs. Josh Ockimey, Mitchell Gunsolus, and Victor Acosta contributed the RBIs with back-to-back-to-back doubles to put the Spinners on top 6-3. Daniel Gonzalez relieved Rosenbaum in the fifth and pitched five strong innings to close out the game. The IronBirds got two runs back, but ended up falling short as the Spinners earned the victory (6-5) behind Gonzalez’ arm and a strong, error-free defensive performance.
Ockimey was the player of the game, going 1-3 with a walk, a run, and 2 RBIs in addition to his two fantastic plays at first base.
The entertainment didn’t end between innings. It was hard to find a time for bathroom breaks with all of the excitement on the field. Following the conclusion of the second inning, five mascots took the field for Mascot Mania Musical Chairs, presented by Honey Dew Donuts. This contest took place between the reigning champion Canaligator, two minions, and Mario and Luigi. This was a real hit with the crowd and the mascots. In the first round, the mascots got a bit too excited, knocking over some chairs. Luigi was the first mascot out. The minions couldn’t keep up with Canaligator and Mario and were out in the next two rounds. In a close last round, the Canaligator kept his title by picking up the chair and taking it away before Mario had a chance to sit in it.
After the seventh inning, Dizzy Bat, a nightly game presented by Amerident Dental, was played. Last night, fans Eric and Brian provided plenty of entertainment for fans during the seventh inning. Brian played the traditional way by balancing his head on the knob of the bat and spinning around. Eric, on the other hand, laid the bat horizontally on the ground and got on in a plank position to spin around the bat. He had no problem showing off his athleticism by doing push ups for the crowd. After about thirty seconds, the two men threw footballs down the field, surprisingly well. Be sure to watch for Dizzy Bat again tonight during the seventh inning!
Tonight, Jake Cosart will be taking the mound for the Spinners in the second game of a three game series against the IronBirds. Join us at 7:05PM for first pitch at LeLacheur Park.