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Pitch perfect: Robotics Night at the Stingers game

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Erica Dischino / Tribune The Willmar robotics team, Warpspeed 4239, controls their robot outside the batting cage Wednesday during Robotics Night at the Willmar Stingers game.2 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune The Willmar robotics team, Warpspeed 4239, prepares their robot during Robotics Night Wednesday at the Willmar Stingers game.3 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Darren Seubert, Team Warpspeed 4239 of Willmar, pushes the team’s robot off Baker Field during Robotics Night at Wednesday's Stingers game in Willmar.4 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Wyatt Krossman, 12, throws a milk crate for a robot to pick up during Robotics Night Wednesday's outside Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. 5 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Logan Prouty of Wingnuts 4741 from Redwood Falls prepares a robot with fellow teammates during Robotics Night at the Willmar Stingers game.6 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune A robot made by the Willmar robotics team, Warpspeed 4239, launches the first pitch during the opening ceremony at Wednesday's Stingers game at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. 7 / 7

WILLMAR — The crowd was cheering for more than just the baseball players Wednesday during Robotics Night at the Stingers game at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

Robotics teams from Willmar, Renville County West, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Redwood Valley and New London-Spicer demonstrated various tasks to Stingers baseball fans Wednesday with robots they built during the school year. Before the game, the teams set up an area in front of the stadium to show what their robots did in previous competitions. This included picking up and moving boxes around in a game-like scenario.

Between innings of the baseball game, the teams made their robots carry out various tasks. A robot made by the Willmar Senior High School robotics team even threw the first pitch during the opening ceremony.

"This is the first time we've ever done something like this," said Marc Jerzak, co-owner of the Willmar Stingers. "It's great to show the really cool things in our area."

The crowd seemed to enjoy it, too.

"We wanted to show our fans something they might not be able to see everyday. I've never heard of having a robot throw the first pitch," Jerzak said.

Erica Dischino

Erica Dischino is the photographer for the West Central Tribune. Hailing from northern New Jersey, she graduated from Ithaca College in central New York with a bachelors in Journalism and Photography. Follow her on Instagram.

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