Carolina Panthers training camp has opened, the region’s high school football teams begin practice Monday, and college teams aren’t far behind.
But the Charlotte Knights are rolling out a set of special promotions in August to remind area fans that it’s still baseball season.
The Knights continue to lead the minor leagues in attendance, averaging 8,898 fans a game. But close behind is the Pacific Coast League’s Round Rock Express (8,869).
The upcoming promotions include a Super Splash Day on Aug. 17; an all-you-can-eat deal on Aug. 25; and Saturday night fireworks displays twice during the month.
The Aug. 17 event will include a double-lane slip-and-slide, a water slide, a misting station, kiddie pools and a celebrity dunk tank. The Knights’ game that Friday has been moved from evening to 12:05 p.m., because the Carolina Panthers have a preseason game across the street at 7:30 p.m. against Miami.
On Aug. 25, the Knights are scheduled for a day-night doubleheader.
At the 1:05 p.m. game, a $25 ticket will get fans a seat for the game, plus all the hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, soft pretzels, soda and ice cream they can eat. Then the 7:04 p.m. nightcap will have a fireworks display. Fireworks also are planned after the Aug. 18 game, a week earlier.
The Knights are planning several other promotions during the month, including a Women in Baseball Day on Sunday, and a Crockett Foundation Night on Aug. 26 with postgame wrestling.
Charlotte plays 19 of its 29 August games at home.
League honors: Outfielder Eloy Jimenez, top prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization, was named International League Batter of the Week for July 16-22, when he hit .429 with three home runs and 24 total bases. Jimenez continued his hot hitting during the past week.
Here’s a wrapup of how the Knights have fared, and what’s ahead:
Tuesday: Charlotte’s game at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was suspended by rain and rescheduled as a doubleheader Wednesday. Then that date was rained out, so the suspended game was reset for Thursday and the Wednesday game canceled.
Thursday: The Knights fell 5-4 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the suspended game but won 8-2 in the regularly-scheduled contest. Michael Kopech was the winning pitcher, going five strong innings, and Jimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Friday: The Knights fell 6-1 to Pawtucket, with starter Jordan Stephens taking the loss. But Jimenez went 3-for-4.
Saturday: The Red Sox edged Charlotte 6-5, behind Adam Lind’s first-inning grand slam. Patrick Leonard hit his eighth homer of the season for the Knights.
Sunday: Jimenez went 3-for-4, hitting his seventh home run in just a month playing with Charlotte, and the Knights blanked Pawtucket 8-0. Jimenez drove in three runs.
Week ahead: The Knights entertain Norfolk at 7:04 p.m. Monday through Thursday, then host Durham for games at 7:04 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
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