Baseball: University Of Scranton Slate Highlights Howerton Weekend
As the Bill Howerton VsCancer event prepares for its seventh year, one of Howerton’s former baseball homes is stepping up its involvement.
With its facility set for its second season, the University of Scranton will host two college games and three high school games as part of this year’s Howerton event, which raises money for cancer research in honor of the former Royals coach.
Games take place April 12-14, with a stray contest April 27, and will also be held at PNC Field, Keystone College, Marywood University and Misericordia University.
“We’re excited,” said Mike Bartoletti, the University of Scranton’s baseball coach. “We’re excited because we get a chance to showcase our new facility, in addition to bringing in three really good high school matchups; three very good local teams that I expect all to compete at the state level and then you’re bringing three out-of-town teams in that are loaded with talent.”
The Royals will host a doubleheader against Elmira College on April 13, then Volpe Field opens for a high school tripleheader the next day. Class 4A state finalist Valley View takes on Burke Catholic (Goshen, New York) at 11 a.m.; Scranton Prep faces Philadelphia power Saint Joseph’s Prep at 1:30 p.m.; and North Pocono wraps it up with a showdown against Bergen Catholic (Oradell, New Jersey) at 4 p.m.
“That was something that was going to happen either way. (Bartoletti) was more than gracious to make it part of this event,” said North Pocono coach Brian Jardine, who started the Howerton Weekend with Keystone coach Jamie Shevchik in 2013.
“Personally, with North Pocono playing Bergen Catholic, I’m looking forward to just looking at some of those other schools, with Valley View-Burke Catholic and Prep and St. Joe’s Prep. Year in, year out, you’re going to see some pretty good players come through those schools. So, it’ll be a neat thing to see. A good day at the ballpark there.”
This year also sees the event partner solely with VsCancer for the first time, with funds going to the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville. Donations will be collected online and through T-shirt sales and sponsorships, and the Bill Howerton Foundation will also award scholarships to selected high schoolers.
With the RailRiders in town, PNC Field is able to host just one game this year: Holy Cross vs. Holy Redeemer on April 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Keystone, Marywood and Misericordia will all play doubleheaders April 13, and then host high school games throughout the weekend.
“It started off in memory of Bill and has grown into something a heckuva lot bigger than baseball,” Shevchik said. “Bill Howerton’s a big part of it, but starting with Bill Howerton, where this thing has evolved over the past couple years, it’s pretty cool to be a part of it.”
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Friday, April 12
Abington Heights at Pittston Area, 4:15
Wallenpaupack vs. Crestwood at Keystone College, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13
Wilson at Keystone (DH), noon
Neumann at Marywood (DH), noon
Manhattanville at Misericordia, noon
Elmira at Scranton (DH), 2 p.m.
West Scranton vs. East Stroudsburg South
Old Forge vs. Mahanoy City
Dunmore vs. Scranton
Scranton vs. Dunmore (softball)
Sunday, April 14
At University of Scranton
Valley View vs. Burke Catholic (NY), 11 a.m.
Scranton Prep vs. Saint Joseph’s Prep, 1:30
North Pocono vs. Bergen Catholic (NJ). 4 p.m.
At Keystone College
Tunkhannock vs. Riverside, 1 p.m.
At Marywood University
Honesdale vs. Lakeland, 1 p.m.
At Misericordia University
Carbondale Area vs. Northwest Area, 2 p.m.
At PNC Field
Holy Cross vs. Holy Redeemer, 4:30 p.m. (following RailRiders game)
Dallas vs. Hanover Area
Mid Valley vs. Mountain View
Saturday, April 27
Holy Redeemer at North Pocono, 11 a.m.