The schedule is set for the sixth annual Bill Howerton Strike Out Cancer Weekend.
In addition to 13 college baseball games, nine high school baseball games and two high school softball games, this year’s event will also feature a coaches clinic.
“It built up steam from that first year and the local high schools and colleges and especially the RailRiders have really gone above and beyond to make this work,” said North Pocono baseball coach Brian Jardine, who co-runs the event with Keystone College head baseball coach Jamie Shevchik. “It’s been helpful and benefitting American Cancer Society as well as helping some local student athletes out with scholarship money. That was the goal and to see how many people were willing to get involved really was a great thing.”
Games will be held the weekend of April 13-15, with PNC Field, Keystone College, the University of Scranton, Marywood University and Misericordia University serving as sites for high school games.
But adding a coaches clinic — set for Feb. 25 from 4-8 p.m. at PNC Field — gave the event named for Bill Howerton, a fixture of the local baseball scene, more room to grow.
The clinic will cover all aspects of the game: pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, base running and practice planning.
Guest speakers include Tunkhannock Area head coach Gary Custer, Misericordia coach Pete Egbert, Lackawanna College coach Bruce Thompson, associate scout for the Philadelphia Phillies and East Coast Sandhogs coach Paul McGloin, Shevchik and Jardine.
The cost is $25, with the money raised going to the Bill Howerton Strike Out Cancer Fund.
Jardine estimated they’ve raised about $40,000 for cancer research and scholarships over the years.