Blue Crabs un­veil 2017 sched­ule

Base­ball fran­chise kicks off 10th sea­son in April

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

The South­ern Maryland Blue Crabs re­cently an­nounced their sched­ule for the 2017 sea­son that will fea­ture the team’s 10th sea­son an­niver­sary.

The Blue Crabs will once again have a 140-game slate, 70 of which will be played at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

South­ern Maryland kicks off the cam­paign in a four-game se­ries ver­sus the Long Island Ducks, start­ing with open­ing day April 20 and con­clud­ing on April 23.

The Fourth of July will be one of the huge high­lights on the sched­ule as the Blue Crabs will host an In­de­pen­dence Day game ver­sus Sugar Land, the 2016 At­lantic League champi- ons. The pa­tri­otic con­test comes in the mid­dle of a seven game home­s­tand against the Skeeters and Ducks.

Of the Blue Crabs 70 home con­tests, 33 will fall on ei­ther Fri­day, Satur­day or Sun­day.

“We are happy with our 2017 sched­ule. Of course we will plan a huge cel­e­bra­tion for open­ing day, and a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works show will fol­low our game on the Fourth of July in the spirit of In­de­pen­dence Day,” said Blue Crabs Gen­eral Man­ager Court­ney Knichel in a team news re­lease. “Fans can be sure that we are work­ing hard in the off- sea­son to think of ways to bring af­ford­able fam­ily fun to Crus- tacean Na­tion for all 70 of our home games. Each night at the ball­park in 2017 will truly be its own event.”

South­ern Maryland’s home sched­ule will fea­ture seven games in April, 15 games in May, 12 games in June, 14 in July, 16 in Au­gust and six in Septem­ber.

The 20th an­nual At­lantic League All-Star Game will take place July 12 at TD Bank Ball- park in Bridge­wa­ter, N.J., home to the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots.

The fi­nal home game of the sea­son will be played on Sept. 17 against the New Bri­tain Bees, which also marks the end of the league’s reg­u­lar sea­son.

Dur­ing the fran­chise’s 10th year the Blue Crabs will have sched­uled three games with spe­cial start times. May 3 and 17 will fea­ture the ninth an­nual Base­ball in Ed­u­ca­tion Days at the ball­park with a slated 10:35 a.m. start time, and Aug. 2 will fea­ture an 11:05 a.m. start time with Camp and Re­cre­ation Day as the fea­tured pro­mo­tion.

“It is al­ways ex­cit­ing when the sched­ule draws near,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. The Blue Crabs fin­ished 57-83 over­all in 2016. “The first month of the sea­son is where you want to put all the em­pha­sis on build­ing mo­men­tum. Long Island and Som­er­set were very tough teams last sea­son. Sugar Land was the hottest team in the league and won it all.”

The com­plete pro­mo­tional sched­ule for the up­com­ing sea­son will be re­leased at a later date. 2017 sea­son tick­ets and ticket plans are now on sale. In­di­vid­ual tick­ets for the sea­son are sched­uled to go on sale in the New Year.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-638-9788 or go to www. somd­blue­crabs.com. Group tick­ets start as low as $10 per per­son.

“In­creas­ing the at­ten­dance is al­ways key and build­ing a fam­ily at­mos­phere in the sta­dium,” Owens said. “Each year the at­ten­dance is grow­ing and grow­ing.”

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