Professional baseball will be back in Del Rio this coming Monday and Tuesday.
The independent Pecos League will kick off its season opener as the Alpine Cowboys take on the Las Vegas (N.M.) Train Robbers at The Bank & Trust Ram Field.
First pitch is 7 p.m. for both games. It will be the first time that professional baseball will be played in town since the Pecos League held games here in 2011.
The Pecos League has been in the spotlight recently as cable network Fox Sports 1 will run a documentary featuring one of its ball clubs that premieres next Tuesday.
Tickets for each game are $6 each. They can be purchased online at www.pecosleague.com. Buyers are instructed to click on tickets for game number 4612 for the Monday game and game number 4613 for the Tuesday contest.
The online purchasing system enables buyers to print their tickets at home.
Tickets are also available for purchase in the lobbies of both The Bank & Trust locations.
The pregame festivities for both games start at 6:30 p.m.
David and Ben Graf, two local actors from the Upstagers theater group, will perform a rendition of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” at 6:30 p.m.
Escamilla Catering will operate the game’s concessions. The menu hasn’t been finalized, but chili dogs, BBQ burgers and fajita tacos will be some of the items available to eat.
El Antro will serve beer for $4.
Fans will be permitted to keep foul balls.
Alpine has a pair of players that once played for major league organizations with outfielder Anthony Renteria (San Diego Padres) and pitcher Andrew Wall (Washington Nationals). Renteria is the son of Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria.
“They all have that same dream to get to the big leagues,” said Border Baseball’s Eddie Larkan, the event promoter. “Their odds are pretty slim, but at least it’s a chance.”