Student-athletes at the College of Staten Island got a real treat for their hard work, and a chance for some quality rest and relaxation after the rigors of the school year, as they took in a Staten Island Yankees game tonight at the Richmond County Park in St. George. The student-athletes were honored at the Athletic Awards Banquet at the end of May and were invited to tonight’s event by CSI President Tomas D. Morales. They enjoyed the best view of the field in luxury suite seating.

As a highlight to the evening and to kick-off the festivities, CSI baseball player James Mardikos threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Mardikos earned the save in CSI’s CUNYAC championship-clinching win over John Jay College, pitching the 9th inning in the Dolphins’ 8-7 win.

The student-athletes enjoyed a complement of food and soft drinks as they socialized with their fellow teammates and administrators, enjoying the luxury treatment and watching the Yankees take on the Hudson Valley Renegades in NY-Penn League play. They were also welcomed during a public address announcement throughout the stadium as well as on the big screen in right field.

The student-athletes saw the Staten Yankees fall to the Hudson Valley Renegades, 3-1, in an 11 inning game.

CSI President Morales threw out the first pitch on Wednesday at the Staten Island Yankees home opener where they lost 3-1 to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The SI Yankees are 1-3 in their young season and will host the Renegades again tomorrow at 7:05pm.