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Reno Aces make home debut Friday night; Johnson and Wirth to throw first pitches

Tribune staff report

RENO, Nev. — The Reno Aces are set to begin their 2015 home campaign Friday when they host the Albuquerque Isotopes at 6:35 p.m. at Aces Ballpark. Gates open at 5 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early in time for pregame festivities scheduled to begin promptly at 6 p.m.

"We're very proud and excited to open the seventh season of Reno Aces baseball in Northern Nevada," Aces president Eric Edelstein said. "Aces fans deserve the absolute best, and we believe Opening Night is the start to a memorable year at Aces Ballpark, both on and off the field."

Opening Night festivities comprise of appearances by special guests including Hall-of-Fame member Randy Johnson, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings President and CEO Andy Wirth, American Idol contestant Molly Seals and Madame Houdini.

Johnson was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January and just recently began his new role as Special Assistant to Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall. A five-time Cy Young Award winner, Johnson ranks second on the all-time Major League strikeout list with 4,875. The 10-time All-Star won 303 games in his career.

Wirth was involved in a harrowing skydiving accident in October 2013 in Lodi, Calif. — he was skydiving with a group of people that included big mountain athlete J.T. Holmes. A series of events caused Wirth to make an unexpected landing in a vineyard lined with power lines. Upon landing, Wirth hit a pole that severed his right arm. A former EMT, Wirth immediately went into life-saving mode.

Twenty-four surgeries and a three-month hospital stay later, doctors were able to reattach Wirth's right arm. To date, he has over 70 percent use of his right hand, despite not having a bicep. His first pitch will be a fundraiser for High Fives, a non-profit organization built to help big mountain athletes recover from life-altering injuries. In an added special element, Holmes will skydive into Aces Ballpark to deliver the first pitch ball to Wirth.

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Wirth will join Johnson on the mound as they both deliver ceremonial first pitches prior to the national anthem. Molly Seals, a 22-year-old singer from Carson City, Nev. who advanced to the Hollywood stage in the current season of American Idol, will sing the anthem. Fifteen active members of the United States Army will hold the American Flag during the anthem.

Additionally, Madame Houdini will perform a pregame magic show and another performance on the Aces dugout in between innings. Opening Night promotions also include Saint Mary's Fireworks presented by KRNV News 4, a magnet schedule giveaway to the first 5,000 fans and Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News.

Aces ticket packages are on-sale now at http://www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the season, follow the club on (@aces) or like the team on Facebook.

Aces Home Opener

Reno vs. Albuquerque

Friday 6:35 p.m. at Aces Ballpark

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