Baseball / Blue Sox announce 2018 Season Schedule

Blue Sox announce 2018 Season Schedule

Date:  Source: NECBL: Valley Blue Sox

SPRINGFIELD, MA – With a championship season now in the rear-view mirror, the Blue Sox turned their attention to the defense of their crown with the release of their 2018 schedule today.

The 44 game schedule will feature 22 home dates this year. The Sox will kick off their home slate on Saturday, June 9th vs. division rivals North Adams. They begin defense of their NECBL Championship four days earlier on the road in Mystic on June 5th. The first three games of the 2018 campaign will be on the road.

The Sox home schedule is noticeably back-loaded this year – with 12 games coming after July 11th. The final home game of the regular season will be held on Wednesday, August 1st when the Sox play host to the Plymouth Pilgrims. The NECBL playoffs are scheduled to begin on August 3rd.

“We were pretty pleased with how the schedule played itself out this year,” said Sox General Manager Hunter Golden. "With the home schedule back loaded a bit, it’ll be meeting our fans at a point where it’s easiest and most convenient to get to our games. It’s also a load off the team, too – as when you get to that point in the season, attrition begins to kick in and with so much travel taken out of the equation, it should be a big leg up.”

13 of the team’s 22 home dates will be held on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday – a feature of the schedule that should be a boon for attendance.

“At the end of the day, our business is family entertainment,” commented Golden. “Being able to have that much of our home slate on the weekends when families are looking for things to do together should help pack in some great crowds and create for an exciting atmosphere at the park.”

 

June

6/5 - @ Mystic Schooners

6/6 - @ Keene Swamp Bats

6/8 - @ Winnipesaukee Muskrats

6/9 – vs. North Adams Steeplecats

6/10 – vs. Sanford Mainers

6/12 - @ Vermont Mountaineers

6/13 - @ North Adams Steeplecats

6/14 – vs. Keene Swamp Bats

6/15 – vs. Ocean State Waves

6/17 – vs. New Bedford Bay Sox

6/18 - @ Sanford Mainers

6/20 - @ Upper Valley Nighthawks

6/21 – vs. Sanford Mainers

6/22 – vs. Upper Valley Nighthawks

6/23 - @ Keene Swamp Bats

6/24 – vs. Winnipesaukee Muskrats

6/25 - @ Newport Gulls

6.27 - @ Winnipesaukee Muskrats

6/28 – vs. Vermont Mountaineers

6/29 – vs. Keene Swamp Bats

6/30 - @ upper Valley Nighthawks

 

July

7/1 - @ North Adams Steeplecats

7/3 - @ Plymouth Pilgrims

7/5 - @ North Adams Steeplecats

7/6 - @ Winnipesaukee Muskrats

7/8 - @ Vermont Mountaineers

7/10 - @ Ocean State Waves

7/11 – vs. North Adams Steeplecats

7/12 – vs. Vermont Mountaineers

7/13 - @ Sanford Mainers

7/14 – vs. Mystic Schooners

7/15 – vs. Danbury Westerners

7/17 - @ New Bedford Bay Sox

7/18 – vs. Vermont Mountaineers

7/19 - @ Danbury Westerners

7/20 - @ Sanford Mainers

7/21 – vs. Winnipesaukee Muskrats

7/22 – vs. Keene Swamp Bats

7/24 – vs. North Adams Steeplecats

7/25 – vs. Sanford Mainers

7/27 – vs. Upper Valley Nighthawks

7/28 – vs. Newport Gulls

7/31 - @ Upper Valley Nighthawks

 

August

8/1 – vs. Plymouth Pilgrims

8/3 – NECBL PLAYOFFS BEGIN