FAIRBANKS, Alaska - 12:01 AM, that was the start time for the Interior Legion teams to kickstart the 24 hour Play Events being ran by Major League Baseball, and they did not disappoint.
The Wild faced off against the 49ers under the Midnight sun, as the MLB crews, photographers, and local sports reporters pounced on the high school game to watch the events unfold.
The 49ers won off of Nick Sutton's shot in the bottom of the 7th inning to bring Andrew Troppman to home to grab the 7-6 victory on a walk-off.
Jacob Angaiak led the Niners with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, while on the other side Wyatt Kammer knocked in an RBI and 3 hits for the Wild.
Caleb McWilliams was key for the 49ers on the mound when he came in for relief, getting 3 strikeouts and only 2 runs in his 2-point-2 innings of work.
Then the rest of the Play Ball events unfolded as teams for softball, baseball, and PONY league had games galore.
With the Air Force versus Army softball match, both teams played under a hot morning sun.
The events all lead to a Midnight Sun Match between the Alaska Goldpanners and the Orange County Surf tonight.
Speaking of the Panners, the former Alaska player Billy Bean who was the team MVP in 1985, returned to Fairbanks to watch the Play Ball events under his watchful eye as the Vice President of the MLB and the special assistant to the commissioner.
Bean spoke about the events and the memories flowing back to him.
"I've been thinking about this day for quite awhile, you know working for the commissioner's office in New York City for Major League Baseball um we have a great group you it's exciting we've got over 600 kids that we're going to bring baseball to. You cans see the enthusiasm on all the kids, and there is some good baseball being played out here. So I am looking forward to it.
I think about the one or two times that I was able to go to a Major League game when I was 5 or 6 years old. Now we can bring baseball into the lives of thousands and thousands of young kids and to see them get the chance to play, it doesn't feel like a job it's a real privilege."