Online fan draft to determine sides, with different rules for each inning throughout the night.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Holly Springs Salamanders are shaking things up for their game against the South Wake Shakes on Wednesday, July 26 at Ting Park, featuring a unique brand of baseball that will include teams being selected by an online fan vote.  Different rules throughout the nine innings of contest will include running the bases in reverse order, pitchers being able to hit, and two rounds of a Home Run Derby for the final two innings.

The evening will feature multiple ways to involve fans in a game like never before, with players and coaches for both the Holly Springs Salamanders and South Wake Shakes rosters being determined by the fans for this one-of-a-kind contest. One section of Ting Park will also be in charge of making calls when coaches utilize a challenge, with the majority of votes determining the call on the field. Fans can choose the squads for that night by clicking here:

Think you can be an umpire? One lucky fan in attendance will have the chance to be on the field for an inning as a guest umpire, with registration at Guest Services on the day of the contest. Fans can also assist the umpires by being part of the Umpire Pit Crew for the game.

Players will also be encouraged to sit in the stands during the game and will be interacting with fans throughout the night.  Extended walk-up songs will be played, allowing players to show off their fun, engaging personalities, while broadcasters will be interviewing players and coaches throughout the night.

Each frame for innings one through seven will also have unique rules throughout the evening.

  1. 1st Inning: Regular Baseball!
  2. 2nd Inning: A runner will begin the frame at first base, with that player being the one who made the last out in the prior inning.
  3. Third Inning: REVERSE! The “reverse card” isn’t just in Uno. Players in this frame will run the bases in reverse, starting towards third base, then second, then first before scoring at home plate.
  4. Fourth Inning: One fan will be selected to be guest umpire for the inning.
  5. Fifth Inning: Hit the Switch: Pitchers will once again get their time to shine in batter’s box, with fans selecting the batting order for this inning prior to the game.
  6. Sixth Inning: A runner will begin the frame at second base, with that player being the one who made the final out of the prior frame.
  7. Seventh Inning: Back to Regular Baseball
  8. Eighth and Ninth Innings: Two rounds of a Home Run Derby, featuring three players from each side. The two rounds will consist of five pitches each, with home runs counting towards their team’s score.

Several other rules will be in play through the entire game, including:

  1. No bunting
  2. No walks allowed during the first and seventh innings
  3. Coaches will have two opportunities during the game to use a selected “Designated Hitter”, during which the pitcher may only throw fastballs during these at-bats

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind evening are available and can be purchased starting at just $10 at or by calling (919) 249-7322.



About Capitol Broadcasting Company

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bull City Hospitality, and the American Underground startup hub in Durham, NC; The Holly Springs Salamanders in Holly Springs, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC; and Professional Builders Supply (an equity partnership) in Morrisville, NC.