NC State and East Carolina didn’t play during the regular season, which is unusual by recent standards—more often than not the teams have scheduled at least one mid-week game each year. I’m guessing Elliott Avent was prompted by that when he said Thursday that NC State and ECU are trying to get a series of games set for Five-County Stadium, which is home to the Carolina Mudcats.
Elliott Avent on the rivalry between NC State and ECU. @NCStateBaseball @ABC11_WTVD pic.twitter.com/CTDoNyX4F6— Bridget Condon (@BridgetABC11) May 30, 2019
(The Joe Kramer that Avent mentions is the Mudcats’ GM.)
This game—or series, if it could be an annual thing—would be an ALS awareness game. Former ECU manager Keith LeClair—his name is on the Pirates’ ballpark—died of that shitty disease at 40, and former NC State baseball player Chris Combs was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. NC State plays a game every year for ALS awareness, in Combs’ honor.
Let’s hope that they can make this game happen, and that it becomes an annual tradition.