A banner for the newly christened Oracle Park hangs in front of the existing AT&T Park sign at Willie Mays Plaza as other signs begin coming down on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Giants set to host Paradise High School baseball at Oracle Park

The San Francisco Giants will host the Paradise High School baseball team at Oracle Park this Saturday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m., following the Dante Benedetti Classic, the club announced on Monday.

“The Giants are honored to host the Paradise High School baseball team and the community of Paradise at Oracle Park,” said Staci Slaughter, Giants executive vice president of communications.  “We understand that these kids, their families and the entire community of Paradise are going through an exceedingly difficult time as they recover from this devastating fire. We hope that the game of baseball and this experience will help lift the spirits of everyone in Paradise as they rebuild.”

Paradise — whose school was untouched by the flames of last November’s Camp Fire — saw its campus remain intact, but its athletic facilities rendered unusable. The entire town of Paradise, a Butte County town of 26,682, was almost completely wiped out by the Camp Fire last year, with 38 reported deaths.

Many students at Paradise High School have been severely impacted and most of them have been displaced from their homes. For those students who participate in sports it has been a challenge to keep teams together and find places for games. The football team was denied a chance to play for the state title because the playoff game they were supposed to host had to be cancelled due to the fires. The San Francisco 49ers memorably hosted that group for a game against the New York Giants.

The Paradise baseball team will play Corning Union at 4 p.m., with gates opening at 3 p.m. this Saturday. Transportation for both teams to and from Oracle Park has been donated by Compass Transportation.

The event will be free of charge, and will follow the Benedetti Classic game between St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Fans attending the Paradise game will receive a limited edition, co-branded Paradise Strong t-shirt while they last.

“This is a great opportunity for our athletes to focus on an amazing experience of playing on a major league field and focus on the good that can come from their loss,” Paradise High School Athletic Director Anne Stearns said in a statement. “We are so fortunate to be able to have this wonderful day for our athletes.”

Fans wishing to support the student athletes at Paradise High School can do so by going to gofundme.com/paradise-high-school-athletics-official or to learn more about Paradise High School please go to pusdk12.org.

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