The Wilmington Blue Rocks will take on the Winston-Salem Dash on Thursday, but the real star at Frawley Stadium will be the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend community.
That’s because Thursday’s game will mark the third-annual MOT Community Night at the Blue Rocks, a celebration of the local community co-sponsored by Delaware’s own minor league baseball team and the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC).
“I look forward to it every year,” MACC Executive Director Roxanne Ferguson said this week. “Middletown is a sports town, from football to soccer, cheerleading, baseball and more. This evening offers a way to celebrate our community and its students, athletes, businesses, and most importantly a culture that makes M.O.T. so special and amazing.”
Pre-game activities will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a presentation of three, $1,000 MACC scholarships to recent M.O.T.-area graduates including Appoquinimink High alum Lauren Camp, Middletown High School alum Bridgette Boody and St. Georges Technical High School alum Nicole Dickerson.
The scholarship presentation will be followed by an on-field performance by the East Coast Nitros of Middletown, a competitive cheerleading organization for girls between the ages of 4 and 18.
The Bombers, a minor division MOT Little League team, then will be introduced on the field, while players from the league’s challenger division will offer hi-fives to the Blue Rocks players as they take the field.
The MOT Senior Center’s chorus will then sing “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee),” while Witz End guitarist Kevin Ferguson, the owner of After Hours Repairs by Constructive Solutions on Mallard Way, will perform an acoustic rendition of the national anthem.
Middletown High School football coach Mark DelPercio and Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matt Burrows will then throw out the first pitch.
Later, an MOT Little League player will sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Individual adult tickets to the 7:05 p.m. game can be purchased for $6 in advance or $7 on game day, while individual tickets for children younger than 12 can be had for $4 in advance or $5 on game day.
More than 5,000 people are expected to attend Thursday’s game and box seats, concourse tables and sponsorships have already sold out.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (302) 888-5358, by visiting Bluerocks.com or by visiting the Frawley Stadium box office at 801 Shipyard Drive in Wilmington.