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And They're Off: Group attempting world's longest baseball game at Park High School this weekend

North Branch resident Jimmy Skroch fires to first during a group’s attempt to play the world’s longest baseball game Friday at Park High School. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)1 / 6
Cottage Grove mayor Myron Bailey throws out the first pitch during a group’s attempt to play the world’s longest baseball game Friday at Park High School. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)2 / 6
St. Paul resident Ed McKinley attempts to field a ground ball during a group’s attempt to play the world’s longest baseball game Friday at Park High School. McKinley recorded the game’s first RBI. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)3 / 6
Mahtomedi’s Sean Hjelle tosses a pitch while wearing a Go Pro camera on his head during a group’s attempt to play the world’s longest baseball game Friday at Park High School. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)4 / 6
Lights were brought in to aid a group’s attempt to play the world’s longest baseball game Friday at Park High School. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)5 / 6
The Pitching, Hitting and Defense Baseball Club is recording it’s entire game to help verify its attempt to play the world’s longest baseball game this weekend at Park High School. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)6 / 6

Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey threw out the first pitch of a baseball game Friday morning at Park High School.

The game isn’t slated to end until late Sunday night

The Pitching, Hitting and Defense Academy is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous baseball game this weekend at the high school’s ninth-grade field.

The group has 56 players, 28 on each team. Both teams will constantly rotate players in and out throughout the weekend as they play throughout the days and nights.

Every player is expected to pitch for about an hour and a half. Players are allowed to sleep in the Cottage Grove Ice Arena when they are not in the game.

The game is being recorded for proof of the event and some players are wearing Go-Pro video cameras on their heads as they play.

Lights were brought in to aid in the nighttime play, as no permanent lights are present at the field.

The game is serving a charitable purpose, as well. The PHD Baseball Club is collaborating with the ALS Association for the event. Proceeds will help fund research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. 

The current record for the longest game is 62 hours, 32 minutes and 59 seconds. If no delays occur, the group expects to break the record sometime around 10:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Anyone is invited to stop out at the high school throughout the weekend to catch a portion of the action.

Visit www.phdbaseball.us/wlbg for more information.

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