Roswell and Centennial High School Baseball teams will utilize rivalry to benefit sports community

After a three-year absence, the cross-town rivalry between the Roswell High School Hornets and Centennial High School Knights baseball teams has returned.

The "Roswell Showdown" doubles as a tournament and fundraiser for Roswell Youth Baseball.

Funds raised are intended to go to "offset fees for players who might not otherwise have the opportunity to play recreational baseball or grow through the competitive select and travel leagues offered by the city."

“The RYBA is proud to partner with both Roswell high schools and their baseball programs, in efforts attempting to keep baseball accessible to all local children. Many players on both teams grew up through the Roswell Youth Baseball program, including players going on to play college baseball," said Roswell Youth Baseball Association President Keith Long.

The showdown is a "home and home series," since games will be played on teams' home fields, both in the city of Roswell.

Roswell Hornets will be led by Head Coach Ben Sutter and Centennial Knights, by Head Coach Matt McCarthy. Both Sutter and McCarthy are in their second year as head coaches.

According to a news release, "both games will feature festivities to celebrate this renewed competition and support future Centennial and Roswell baseball players" throughout careers in the Roswell Recreational program.

The first game will be March 23rd at the Roswell High School baseball field.

Roswell City Councilman Matt Tyser will throw out the first pitch at 1 p.m.

The final game of the showdown will be held at Centennial High’s baseball diamond on April 11, starting at 5:55 p.m.

Roswell City Councilwoman Marie Willsey will throw out the first pitch.

"Youth teams have been invited from the Roswell Youth Baseball Program to be introduced alongside their varsity counterparts," said the release.

Introductory spotlights will be incorporated into the festivities, "schedules permitting, at both games."

Roswell and Centennial teams will also collaboratively kick-off the inaugural donation drive, collecting gently used baseball equipment and sports wear.

"Residents are invited to scour their homes and garages for equipment in good working order," said the release.

"We want to ensure that all gifted athletes in our community continue to have that same opportunities to receive the benefits that come from team athletics," said Long.

Proceeds from both game's concessions sales will be donated to the Roswell Youth Baseball Association scholarship fund.

Monetary and equipment donations will also be accepted at each school’s admission table and concession stand on the day of the game.

Donations are intended to be "upcycled to youth players looking for affordable bats, helmets, gloves and other equipment."

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. 

More information about the Roswell Youth Baseball Association is available at www.roswellyouthbaseball.org.

In case of inclement weather, those interested in attending are recommended to follow Roswell Baseball, @BaseballRoswell and Centennial Baseball, @CHSKnightsBB on Twitter for reschedule information.

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