The second game of the Willmar series will be Saturday night at Franklin Rogers Park with a first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.
In other Northwoods League news Thursday, the Eau Claire Express front office announced additional details for the upcoming Northwoods League All-Star event at Carson Park in Eau Claire. This will mark the second time Eau Claire has been the host city for the All-Star festivities after being selected to host the 2010 game.
Festivities will include a banquet, fan fest, home run derby and the game itself.
The two-day event kicks off Monday with a banquet to honor this year’s all-star players. The dinner will be held at The Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire and will feature two-time World Series Champion and former Minnesota Twins Manager Tom Kelly as the guest speaker. The event begins at 6 p.m.
Day 2 begins with the Adecco Fan Fest, to be held on the Fan Deck at Carson Park on Tuesday. This will be an opportunity for fans to come out and meet the all-stars, get autographs and enjoy entertainment by the Midwest Dueling Pianos.
The Fan Fest begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 5:45 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold on the Fan Deck during the event. A game ticket is required for admittance but will grant the holder access to Carson Park for the remainder of the day’s activities.
The Marshfield Clinic Home Run Derby starts at 6 p.m. and will include eight participants, all being among the Northwoods League leaders in home runs. The derby will feature three rounds, with 10 outs per round, to determine the champion.
The All-Star Game starts at 7:35 p.m. A fireworks show will follow the game.