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Mariners set to return home

PULASKI – The Pulaski Mariners return home Monday, June 30, after a grueling six-game road trip. The M’s host the Bristol White Sox for a three-game set before Princeton comes to town for three.
Monday will be “Bread Night” at Calfee Park as the first 150 fans through the gate will receive a loaf of bread courtesy of Flower’s Bakery. It will also be Craig County Community Night with discount admission for residents, while motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to ride their bikes to the game as part of “Motorcycle Night”.
Tuesday, July 1, is Civic Club Night as groups from through southwest Virginia are encouraged to network during the game. The evening is also Wythe and Bland County Community Night hosted by WXBX Radio in Wytheville.
Wednesday is Carroll and Hillsville community night with special displays by the Pulaski Town Police Department as part of “Crime Prevention Night”.
Thursday is Giles County community night hosted by Pepsi with the first 200 fans through the gate receiving 2-liter bottles and other items from the company.
In the second series with Princeton that will begin on July 4 at Calfee Park, there could be plenty of fireworks. The Rays bring the franchise’s number one pick into town in the form of 18-year-old Tim Beckham.
The Griffin, GA, high school shortstop was taken number one overall in the MLB June First-Year Player’s Draft by the Rays. He was recognized as one of the best pure athletes in the draft and labeled a legitimate five-tool player. He established himself as the top prep prospect in the nation with solid performances at last summer’s high school showcase events and hit .482 with six homers, 13 doubles, 41 RBIs and 23 stolen bases as a senior.
Beckham is the third high school shortstop taken No. 1 overall in the last five years, joining Justin Upton (Arizona, 2005) and Matt Bush (San Diego, 2004). Baseball America ranked him as the No. 1 high school prospect in the country entering the Draft.
In his first game for Princeton, he went 1-for-4 with an infield single and a run scored in a 7-6 Rays win. Beckham stands 6-foot, 188 pounds, which lends him the physical stature to play most positions. So far, he has only appeared as a designated hitter. The Pulaski series could be his first as a professional shortstop.
The M’s took two of three from the Rays earlier this season.
The July 4 contest is a 4 p.m. start with free admission at the gate. Saturday is “Armed Forces Night” with a special tribute to the men and women that serve this country. Military personnel receive discounted admission. It is also Grayson and Galax community night.
On Sunday, July 6, there will be a special celebration of Pulaski’s mascot’s birthday. Neon Leon invites all his friends for surprises throughout the evening.
Gates open at 6, except on July 4 when the turnstiles will begin at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. first pitch. The July 4 also features a 12-noon concert by the Part-Time Party-Time band in the parking lot, which comes with sand and plenty of sun.
For more information, contact the Pulaski Mariners management office at (540) 980-1070.

Mariners set to return home

PULASKI – The Pulaski Mariners return home Monday, June 30, after a grueling six-game road trip. The M’s host the Bristol White Sox for a three-game set before Princeton comes to town for three.
Monday will be “Bread Night” at Calfee Park as the first 150 fans through the gate will receive a loaf of bread courtesy of Flower’s Bakery. It will also be Craig County Community Night with discount admission for residents, while motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to ride their bikes to the game as part of “Motorcycle Night”.
Tuesday, July 1, is Civic Club Night as groups from through southwest Virginia are encouraged to network during the game. The evening is also Wythe and Bland County Community Night hosted by WXBX Radio in Wytheville.
Wednesday is Carroll and Hillsville community night with special displays by the Pulaski Town Police Department as part of “Crime Prevention Night”.
Thursday is Giles County community night hosted by Pepsi with the first 200 fans through the gate receiving 2-liter bottles and other items from the company.
In the second series with Princeton that will begin on July 4 at Calfee Park, there could be plenty of fireworks. The Rays bring the franchise’s number one pick into town in the form of 18-year-old Tim Beckham.
The Griffin, GA, high school shortstop was taken number one overall in the MLB June First-Year Player’s Draft by the Rays. He was recognized as one of the best pure athletes in the draft and labeled a legitimate five-tool player. He established himself as the top prep prospect in the nation with solid performances at last summer’s high school showcase events and hit .482 with six homers, 13 doubles, 41 RBIs and 23 stolen bases as a senior.
Beckham is the third high school shortstop taken No. 1 overall in the last five years, joining Justin Upton (Arizona, 2005) and Matt Bush (San Diego, 2004). Baseball America ranked him as the No. 1 high school prospect in the country entering the Draft.
In his first game for Princeton, he went 1-for-4 with an infield single and a run scored in a 7-6 Rays win. Beckham stands 6-foot, 188 pounds, which lends him the physical stature to play most positions. So far, he has only appeared as a designated hitter. The Pulaski series could be his first as a professional shortstop.
The M’s took two of three from the Rays earlier this season.
The July 4 contest is a 4 p.m. start with free admission at the gate. Saturday is “Armed Forces Night” with a special tribute to the men and women that serve this country. Military personnel receive discounted admission. It is also Grayson and Galax community night.
On Sunday, July 6, there will be a special celebration of Pulaski’s mascot’s birthday. Neon Leon invites all his friends for surprises throughout the evening.
Gates open at 6, except on July 4 when the turnstiles will begin at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. first pitch. The July 4 also features a 12-noon concert by the Part-Time Party-Time band in the parking lot, which comes with sand and plenty of sun.
For more information, contact the Pulaski Mariners management office at (540) 980-1070.