JUCO NOTEBOOK: Fireworks show a technological marvel

Fireworks show a technological marvel

Monday night’s games concluded with the traditional Memorial Day fireworks display.

For nearly 10 minutes after the game, the sky above Suplizio Field was filled with booms, crackles and bright lights that sent fans home happy.

Behind the show is Night Musick, a company based out of Erie, which is able to put together the show with a click of a button.

“We’re all engineers,” said Marc Williams, president of Night Musick. “We designed and built all this stuff. This is our passion. We don’t do this for a living. All this stuff is built in-house, so when we’re ready for the show, we press enter and watch the fireworks display.”

The show is scripted on a computer and transferred to a laptop that is taken to the launching site. The computer uses encrypted wireless signals to communicate with the launchers, requiring minimal input once the show is started.

If the show seemed a little fast-paced compared to, say, a Fourth of July, show, it’s because of a conscious decision by Williams.

“It’s the end of the game and people want to go home,” Williams said. “You don’t want to boom, sparkle sparkle, wait, ‘ooh, ahh,’ boom, sparkle, a normal slow show like that.”

Memoriam: Before the final game of the day between San Jacinto (Texas) College- North and Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, members of the United States armed forces were honored, as were six former JUCO committee members who died in the past year. White doves were released to circle the stadium and the crowd observed a moment of silence. Ceremonial first pitches were thrown out by William Scott Foree, a Master Sgt. in the United States Air Force, and Gizmo Seevers of Big O Tires.

Gold gloves: The 2 p.m. game between College of Southern Nevada and Faulkner (Ala.) State Community College was the first of the tournament in which neither team committed an error.

Scoring frenzy: Teams have combined to score 167 runs —an average of 16.7 per game.

Quick pick: Five minutes into the game between San Jacinto and Hutchinson, San Jac pitcher Miguel Pena picked off Andrew Dixon.

Right on: Eight of Southern Nevada’s first nine hits against Faulkner went to right field

Perfect pitch: During the seventh-inning stretch of Monday’s final game, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” was performed by barbershop singers.

Attendance: Monday’s games drew more than 25,000 people for the second time in three days. The first game attracted 4,821 for the elimination game between Chattanooga (Tenn.) State Community College and Temple (Tex.) College. Bryce Harper’s second appearance in the tournament brought in 9,655, the highest turnout for the 2 p.m. Monday game in tournament history. The final game brought in a single-game record of 12,309. The day’s total attendance was 26,785, bringing the three-day weekend total to 77,494.


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