Pancakes for the fans and pinatas for the players. Those are just a few of the ideas that local youngsters shared in this year’s State College Spikes essay contest.
The contest was divided into three grade levels each offering two themes for the students to address.
Students in kindergarten and first grade created drawings and wrote a sentence on the theme “If I were Ike the Spike” or “My favorite thing about the State College Spikes.”
Those in second through fourth grade were asked to write a short essay focusing on “If I coached the Spikes” or “A day in the life of Ike the Spike.”
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Fifth- through eighth-graders wrote an essay of 300 words or less entitled “If I could create a new food item for the Spikes, it would be (blank)” or “What it would be like to play baseball for the State College Spikes.”
The winners in each age group received tickets to a Spikes game for their entire grade. The winning essays are printed below.
My favorite thing about the State College Spikes is playing pregame catch on the field.
If I coached the Spikes, I would make them give me piggyback rides while running bases to make them stronger. I would make them take turns in the dunk tank and make the pitchers throw baseballs at the target to work on accuracy. To practice sliding, I would rent a slipping slide. To practice sliding, I would buy 20 pinatas. For outfield, I would buy 3 crocodiles and make the outfielders watch the croc’s mouth to see how their glove is supposed to open and close. I would make the catcher catch balls by cutting baseballs open and putting candy in them. For first baseman, I would make the pitcher pitch fast ground balls and high pitches for him to catch. For second and shortshop, I would make them run back and forth to the fence to practice cut-off. For third, I would make him practice throwing long and hard. For more practice for the pitcher, I would put them on a radar to see how hard they pitch and what they need to work on. If they get a fast strike a confetti cannon would go off.
The Spikes would love me as a coach!!!!
Who doesn’t love pancakes? If I could create a new food item for the Spikes, it would be “Spike Pancakes.”
My idea is to make pancakes in the form of a baseball, bat or Ike’s head. This would be very simple, yet very good. I have never tasted baseball park pancakes before ... so that is why I feel it would be neat. People would also get a sugary kick from the syrup and the soft feel of the delicious pancakes. They could finish it off with a glass of “Ike Juice,” which would be orange juice in a Spikes cup.
So, I feel Spike Pancakes and Ike Juice would be a creative food idea for the ballpark. I know that no one would think of a breakfast food at a baseball game! That is why it would really work! People will come back for games and Ike the Spike Pancakes!!