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The Times Leader staff

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are preparing to announce two mascots for the 2013 season and are asking local elementary schools for their best ideas.

The Name the Mascots contest, which runs until March 15, will introduce a furry porcupine and a nine-foot tall superhero as the latest additions to the RailRiders’ mascot crew. The new additions to the team will debut at elementary school assemblies and, after the mascots entertain the crowd, kids in attendance will have the chance to answer three questions about each mascot.

“Since day one, we’ve wanted to get the public involved,” said RailRiders president and general manager Rob Crain. “What better way to name a mascot than asking their biggest fans? The ‘Name the Team’ contest was a great success, and we anticipate receiving some fantastic options from local kids for our new mascots.”

Once all entries have been collected, the RailRiders’ front office will decide upon the winners. Each winning entry will earn a prize pack for a lucky local kid including access to PNC Field’s Fun Zone, game tickets, merchandise and more.

Schools interested in having the two mascot additions perform at their assembly should contact community relations manager Ryan Beardsley by emailing him at rbeardsley@swbrailriders.com, or by calling 969-2255 (ext. 3140). The new mascots will be available after the assembly to pose for pictures and interact with fans.


Misericordia posts a doubleheader sweep

Steve Sulcoski recorded four hits in two games, including a home run, to lead the Misericordia University baseball team to 9-6 and 16-7 victories over Elizabethtown in a double-header at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J. Sunday.

Julian Faria added a home run of his own in the opener, while Andrew Tressa chipped in two hits.

Evan Robaczewski earned the victory on the mound in 5.2 innings of work, while Justin Haddix recorded his second save of the season.

Sulcoski and Kenny Durling tacked on two hits and four RBIs in the nightcap. Kyle Lindsay added three RBIs.

Matt Karabin pitched five innings and earned the win to move the Cougars to 3-1 on the season.

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