Cy-ber Young to throw Wednesday's first pitch

Cy-ber Young to throw Wednesday's first pitch

DETROIT -- If Tigers ever need some pitching help, they might want to give "Cy-ber Young" a call.

Cy-ber Young, standing all of 32 inches and weighing in at 200 pounds, is an aluminum-and-steel robot -- created and designed by 20 high school students and their adult mentors -- that will throw the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Its most dangerous weapon? The triple-digit heater. Although the robot will throw a bit slower than that to whomever receives the ball, its fastball can be boosted to 100 mph.

Novi High School took the lead on the project, assisted by Troy, Bishop Foley, Waterford-Kettering and Monroe County high schools. All are a part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, an organization that allows adults to work with teens to show how much fun engineering, math, science and technology can be.

FIRST stages a nationwide competition that kicks off the first weekend in January. There are 10 events in Michigan, enabling teams to compete twice within the state before the state championship, where they will try to make the 18-team national finals.