Palmdale Blue Stock­ings set for sec­ond sea­son

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS -

PALMDALE — The Palmdale Blue Stock­ings Vin­tage Base Ball Club will re­turn for their sec­ond sea­son in the SoCal Vin­tage Base Ball League on March 14.

Last year, in the league’s in­au­gu­ral sea­son, five teams com­peted for the first SCVBB crown. The River­side Smudge Pots (35) even­tu­ally pre­vailed in an up­set vic­tory over the un­de­feated Crest­line High­landers (8-0) in Oc­to­ber.

The Blues fin­ished with a 3-5 record in the SCVBB, which plays base­ball in the fash­ion of the year 1886. Wear­ing old style uni­forms and play­ing with recre­ations of 19th cen­tury balls, gloves and bats, the teams of the SCVBB show modern fans the his­tory of our na­tional pas­time.

Much has changed in the off­sea­son, with the league dou­bling in size and a re­struc­tur­ing of the league into a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

With 10 teams, SCVBB will break into two di­vi­sions. The teams com­pris­ing the Eastern Divi­sion will be the Crest­line High­landers, River­side Smudge Pots and new teams Lake Ar­row­head Log­gers, Per­ris Prospec­tors and Te­mec­ula Deer Bros.

The West will have the Palmdale Blue Stock­ings, Long Beach Oil­ers, Re­dondo Beach Wharf Rats and new teams Lords­burg Trol­ley­men (La Verne) and Fuller­ton Fire Knock­ers.

Each team will play eight reg­u­lar sea­son games within their divi­sion, lead­ing to the play­offs in Oc­to­ber and a sep­a­rate sin­gle-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment to de­ter­mine which team will rep­re­sent South­ern Cal­i­for­nia against a team from the Bay Area Vin­tage Base Ball League in San Fran­cisco.

Palmdale Blue Stock­ings team cap­tain, “Skip” Le­land is con­fi­dent that this sea­son will show im­prove­ment from the Blues.

“We’ve made a few moves in the off­sea­son,” Le­land said. “We have been work­ing on wak­ing up our bats and added some new faces. I’ve got­ten to look at the new teams, and they will be good, so we do need to step up our game this year.”

The Blue Stock­ings’ 2020 sched­ule is as fol­lows:

March 14 — Palmdale at Long Beach

March 28 — Palmdale at Fuller­ton

April 25 — Re­dondo Beach at Palmdale (Marie Kerr Park, noon)

May 9 — Lords­burg at Palmdale (Marie Kerr Park, noon)

May 23 — Long Beach at Palmdale (Marie Kerr Park, noon)

June 13 — Fuller­ton at Palmdale (Desert Sands Park, noon)

July 18 — Palmdale at Re­dondo Beach

Aug. 1 — Palmdale at Lords­burg

All matches are free to at­tend.

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