Aces honor division title
Opening Night at Aces Ballpark, April 5, will be highlighted by a special pregame ceremony honoring the 2011 Reno Aces, who won their first division championship in franchise history, the organization announced Monday.
The 2012 season will begin at 6:35 p.m. against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Triple-A Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
Prior to the game, the Aces will salute their 2011 Pacific Coast League North Division championship squad and unveil a championship banner in an on-field ceremony.
Other pregame activities include full team on-field lineups, fireworks and a special performance of the National Anthem. The Opening Night National Anthem performer will be announced next week.
On April 21, the Aces will give away Division Championship Pennants, courtesy of KOLO 8 News Now.
The 2011 Aces finished the regular season at 77-67 (.535), seven games ahead of second-place Tacoma in the Pacific North Division. Reno spent 148 days in first place, including 133-straight to finish the season. The club finished with the second-best record in franchise history and the fourth-highest win total in the Pacific Coast League for the 2011 season.
Reno clinched its first-ever playoff berth with a win at Aces Ballpark on Aug. 29, and went on to take a 2-0 lead over Sacramento in the Pacific Conference Championship Series before falling in a decisive Game 5 at Raley Field.
Reno finished the 2011 season with a Minor League-best 933 runs scored, becoming the first PCL club since 2000 to score 900 runs in a single season. The Aces boasted four midseason PCL All-Stars, while outfielder Collin Cowgill earned PCL Rookie of the Year and Topps PCL Player of the Year honors. Fellow outfielder Cole Gillespie was honored with a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove.
Tickets for Opening Night and the rest of the 2012 season are available at renoaces.com, calling by calling 775-334-7000 or visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.
Discounted, full- and partial-season ticket packages also are available. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, visit renoaces.com, follow the club on Twitter (@aceball) or like the team on Facebook.