LAKERS SLATED TO KICK OFF 2018 HOME SEASON FRIDAY 4/27.
The late Spring has triggered another change to PL Lakers home opener. The latest (posted 4/25) will have the Lakers opening at Rosemount Thursday 4/26 and HOSTING Rosemount at Veterans Field of Memorial Park Friday 4/27 with a 430PM 1st pitch. Recent warm weather has helped the diamond but deep center & left field still have snow & ice with the balance of the diamond still frozen below the surface inhibiting draining to allow safe play. With recent rule changes at the state level incorporating a “pitch count“, it will be interesting to follow how teams adjust to maximize and find success with increased emphasis on efficiency to enable top pitchers to help the cause over the shortened 2018 season.
MUDCATS TO COMMENCE 2018 SEASON SUNDAY 4/29 HOSTING ELKO.
The MBA Class “C” Prior Lake Mudcats of the DRS League have also been impacted by the late Spring with the Sunday 4/22 road tilt at Shakopee bumped and now scheduled to open their 2018 season again DRS foe Elko Express on Sunday April 29 at @2:00PM at Veterans Field of Memorial Park in Prior Lake. The ‘Cats took down Elko in 2017 2-1. The powerful Express went 20 innings in MBA Class “B” State Tournament last season before dropping in the final 16 while the 2017 Mudcats wilted in playoffs getting dropped by the Veseli Warriors in opening round action of the DRS Playoffs 2 games to nil in the best of 3 game series by scores of 6-4 and 13-4. The 2016 Mudcats made a final 16 run in the MBA Class “C” State Tournament in Dassel and Hutchinson capturing at #1 playoff seed getting a 1st round bye then defeating Shakopee, Union Hill and Montgomery twice to advance to MBA where, following a 1st round bye, they defeated Loretto 2-1 before dropping to Sobieski 5-4 in 11 innings.
The 2018 opener will have prize drawings to welcome fans back for the townball season. Fans are encouraged to pick up VetPASS18 for $15 which is valid both for regular season admission for all 2018 Mudcats and PL Jays regular season games as well 1 complimentary concession item in May, June and July for the Vet Cafe’ full service concession. Put on your red, white & blue and GO DEEP with your fish in the ’18 season!