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Summer fun comes to Centre County

Zach Mazer waits by the home dugout at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with the Centre County Cutters 8U team to run onto the field with the State College Spikes’ starting lineup on Monday. “Baseball is such an important part of summertime,” said Spikes Manager of Communications Joe Putnam.
Zach Mazer waits by the home dugout at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with the Centre County Cutters 8U team to run onto the field with the State College Spikes’ starting lineup on Monday. “Baseball is such an important part of summertime,” said Spikes Manager of Communications Joe Putnam. nthomas@centredaily.com

With pools open, barbecues flaming and all of the kids out of school, it’s seemed like summer for a couple weeks.

On Monday, the calendar finally agreed. June 20 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first official day of summer.

It seems only appropriate that this weekend kicked off the State College Spikes season.

“Baseball is such an important part of summertime,” said Manager of Communications Joe Putnam.

“It’s our national pastime,” he said. “Baseball season means warm weather and great time with family, and that’s what we provide at Lubrano Park. The fans have readily adopted us as part of summertime baseball tradition.”

The Spikes are in their 11th season at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. About 130,000 to 140,000 spectators attend the 38-game season annually, Putnam said.

Summer fun like that will be a bit warmer than usual this year.

According to AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist John Feerick, the summer of 2016 is following predictions so far.

State College-based AccuWeather issued its summer forecast around Memorial Day, prepping a look ahead for the months of June, July and August.

“Precipitation so far across Centre County is a little bit below the average. That’s kind of what we called for. We’re on track with that,” Feerick said. “As far as temperatures go, we are calling for a hotter than normal summer. That seems to be on track as well. It goes hand in hand.”

Feerick said temperatures will take a slight dip Tuesday, before warming up for the rest of June.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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