The 6th Annual Field of Dreams

The sixth annual Field of Dreams Games, presented by Lackawanna County, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and the Bill Howerton Strike Out Cancer Foundation will be held Sunday, June 24, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at PNC Field. The event has been expanded this year and will feature a doubleheader as teams from both the Lackawanna League and the Wyoming Valley Conference have been split into small-school and big-school squads.

The Small-School teams from the LIAA and the WVC will face off at 1:30 p.m. The Big-School teams from both leagues will play immediately following the Small-School game at approximately 4 p.m. Each team will have approximately 15 high school senior baseball players representing the Lackawanna League and the Wyoming Valley Conference on the area’s biggest stage for baseball.

Scranton High manager Jamie Higgins will manage the Lackawanna Big-School squad with Holy Cross manager Sandy Menichetti skippering the Lackawanna Small-School squad. Players from Scranton High, Delaware Valley, West Scranton, Wallenpaupack, North Pocono, Abington Heights, Honesdale, Valley View, Scranton Prep, Western Wayne, Lakeland and Riverside are eligible to play for the Lackawanna Big-School team. Players from Mid Valley, Carbondale, Dunmore, Montrose, Elk Lake, Holy Cross, Blue Ridge, Lackawanna Trail, Mountain View, Old Forge, Susquehanna and Forest City are eligible to play for the Lackawanna Small-School team.

The Wyoming Valley Big-School team will be managed by Tunkhannock’s Gary Custer while Wilkes-Barre GAR’s Kyle Paul manages the Wyoming Valley Small-School team. Players from Hazleton Area, Wyoming Valley West, Pittston Area, Wilkes-Barre Coughlin, Crestwood, Dallas, Nanticoke, Berwick and Tunkhannock will be eligible for the WVC Big-School team. Players from Wyoming Area, Wilkes-Barre Meyers, Wilkes-Barre GAR, Hanover Area, Lake-Lehman, Holy Redeemer, Northwest, Wyoming Seminary and MMI Prep will be eligible for the WVC Small-School team.

Rosters will be announced next week and each player named to the team will be honored on the field before the June 21 RailRiders game against Lehigh Valley.

Game sponsors are Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Times-Tribune, The Citizens Voice, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Battaglia’s Sporting Goods and Electric City Baseball. Admission is $5. A portion of the proceeds go to the Bill Howerton Strikeout Cancer Scholarship Fund.