Pitch perfect: Robotics Night at the Stingers game
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.