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Auburn baseball: MAX Capital City Classic raises childhood cancer awareness

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s 8-3, Alabama’s 8-3, and they’re playing a non-conference game tonight for so much more than bragging rights.

The Tigers and Crimson Tide will go under the lights at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery tonight for the fifth annual MAX Capital City Classic. The in-state rivals will play a baseball game to benefit the Vs. Cancer Foundation, joining the fight against childhood cancer.

Players and coaches from both teams will shave their heads on the field before first pitch, in honor of young kids battling disease.

“Cancer has no boundaries and touches all of our lives in many different ways,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said in a statement. “This is an opportunity to help give a child a fighting chance and enjoy all the blessings that surround us every day. We will gladly do our part, and I hope that others will step up and help contribute to a great cause. Together, we can make a difference and help conquer childhood cancer.”

Donations will be taken online at maxcapitalcityclassic.com and at the MAX Capital City Classic game. Fundraising benefits the Vs. Cancer Foundation, the Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and research efforts at UAB.

A limited amount of remaining tickets can be purchased at maxcapitalcityclassic.com and by calling (334) 323-2255.

Auburn has won each of the previous four MAX Capital City Classics. Auburn will start junior right-handed pitcher Dillon Ortman (0-1, 2.70 ERA), and bat against Alabama lefty Taylor Guilbeau (1-0, 2.61).