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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders host opening night FanFest and $10k contest on April 12

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders host opening night FanFest and $10k contest on April 12
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From a press release:

After a six-game trip to Syracuse to start the 2022 season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders return to PNC Field in Moosic on Tuesday, April 12 for an opening night against the Norfolk Tides that is shaping up to be “off the rails.”

The RailRiders front office will welcome baseball back to Northeastern Pennsylvania with a massive opening night bash, and fans will have the chance to walk away $10,000 richer.

The festivities begin at 3 p.m. as WBRE-TV broadcasts “PA Live” from PNC Field (235 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic). Hosts Chris Bohanski and Rachel Malek will give the scoop on everything to expect at the ballpark this season.

The RailRiders FanFest starts at 4:30 p.m. with fun and games for all ages courtesy of PA Party Rental, including a dunk tank, giant Connect 4 and giant Jenga, cornhole, inflatable rock climbing wall, inflatable axe throwing, and inflatable darts. DJ Gordo will spin the tunes, food and beverages will be available, plus much more.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m., and SWB will have several guests on hand for commemorative first pitches to help start the 2022 home slate. Longtime WNEP-TV sports anchor Jim Coles, Regional President of PNC Bank Pete Danchak, and West Scranton High and Penn State alum Matt McGloin will be in attendance to get things going.

That’s when the fun really starts – fans in attendance will have 10 chances to win $10k. During the game, the RailRiders faithful will have the opportunity to win along with a specific event designated for each inning. Register when entering the ballpark during FanFest and the team will select one fan at random from the entries for each inning. Selected individuals can win $10,000 if the in-game event listed below happens during their designated half inning:

Top of the 1st: RailRiders turn a triple play
Bottom of the 2nd: SWB hits back-to-back home runs
Top of the 3rd: Three assists by the second baseman
Bottom of the 4th: RailRiders hit for a team cycle
Bottom of the 5th: A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre player hits a grand slam
Bottom of the 6th: SWB hits a home run off the foul pole
Bottom of the 7th: RailRiders score exactly seven runs
Top of the 8th: SWB pitchers strike out the side on nine pitches
Top of the 9th: Three assists by the third baseman

One additional fan will be selected before the game for the chance to win $10,000 if SWB’s starter throws a perfect game. Terms and conditions apply. Visit for the complete contest rules and stipulations as well as tickets and more information.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Moosic. They play in the Northeast Division of the newly-formed Triple-A East and are an affiliate of the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. PNC Field (formerly Lackawanna County Stadium) has been their home since 1989.

The team was known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons from 1989-2006 and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees from 2007-2012. The franchise has won two Governors’ Cup championships and one Triple-A National Championship. Since 2012, the team is owned by SWB Yankees, LLC, and was previously owned by the Lackawanna County Stadium Authority.

See exciting moments and player highlights from RailRiders games at PNC Field in NEPA Scene’s RailRiders Photoblog.

Photo of Deivi Garcia by Jason Riedmiller Photography/NEPA Scene