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Mudcats join Pokemon Go craze

Screen shot of the Pokemon Go phone application.
Screen shot of the Pokemon Go phone application. jhknight@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Mudcats have added Pokemon Go themed “Gotta Catch ‘Em All Nights” to the club’s remaining schedule of games at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Gotta Catch ‘Em All Night will accompany the club’s existing #TrendingTuesday theme and will then occur every Tuesday game (Aug. 2, 23 and 30) over the remainder of the season.

The Mudcats will additionally offer discounted $8 tickets to fans who attend Gotta Catch ‘Em All Nights while dressed as a Pokémon character. The discount will also be applicable to fans wearing a Pokemon shirt or other Pokémon attire on the #TrendingTuesday, Gotta Catch ‘Em All Nights.

The Gotta Catch ‘Em All Nights will feature an in-game fan contest including a prize pack to the fan who captures the Pokemon with the highest listed combat power (CP) level during a game at Five County Stadium. The prize pack will feature two tickets to a future game and Mudcats souvenir items including a Mudcats Snow Globe and Camouflage Hat.

Five County Stadium is currently home to two Poke Stops and several lure modules will be placed at Five County Stadium to help attract Pokemon and make the in-game contest more exciting for fans on Gotta Catch ‘Em All Nights.

Fans wishing to participate in the in-game contest will need to show their highest CP level Pokemon caught at Five County Stadium to the customer service desk by 8:30 on the Gotta Catch ‘Em All Nights.

College signings: You’ll notice in today’s print editions we start catching up on a great spring of college signings and commitments. You’ll see plenty of these over the next couple of weeks. The great news is we had a lot of talented kids in the Class of 2016, but part of that is it takes a while to process them all.

Swanson is one of minors’ 10 best: Baseball America released its midseason Top 100 prospects list for all of minor league baseball this week and former Carolina Mudcat Dansby Swanson made the top 10. The Braves’ farmhand is rated as the No. 7 prospect on the list. He’s now playing at Double-A with the Mississippi Braves.

Clash of the Carolinas: North Carolina swept South Carolina in the Clash of the Carolinas boys and girls soccer games on Saturday at Cardinal Gibbons.

Megan Greene of Fuquay-Varina scored in a 3-1 girls’ victory. Also on the team were Athens Drive’s Rachel Snyder, Fuquay-Varina’s Kelley Suggs, Clayton’s Lauren Daniels and Broughton’s Kelly Ann Evans and Lily Schneider.

Holly Springs’ Eddie Zuniga, Broughton’s Elvis Wiredu, Apex’s Will Tomlinson, Leesville Road’s Matt Bissette and Franklin Academy’s Nic Hughes played on the boys’ team that won 4-3.

This was the first time that North Carolina hosted the event which has been held in Charleston since 2007. NC now leads the girls’ series 7-1-2 and 6-1-3 in the boys’ ledger.

Locals in TYGA events: Colin Scott of Clayton was the runner-up in the boys 14-15-year-old division of a Triangle Youth Golf Association one-day tournament at Echo Farm in Wilmington on July 12. Scott finished at with an 83. In the girls 16-18 division, Madyson Kay Scott of Clayton took fourth and Benson’s Megan Britt was fifth.

Sydney Wheeless of Benson was sixth in the girls 15-18 division of another TYGA one-day tournament at Chapel Hill Country Club on July 11. Aaron Haberkorn of Clayton was seventh in the boys 14-15 and Clayton’s Matthew Hayes tied for eighth in the boys 16-18s.

Smithfield’s Ashton Gupton led the girls’ 12-13 division in another TYGA one-day event and Clayton’s Zachary Davis led the 12-13 boys at Echo Farm on July 15. Noah Kallam of Clayton was tied for second in the boys 16-18s at the same event and Brady Hooks took four in boys 14-15.

J. Mike Blake contributed.

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