Monday, December 22, 2008

Bobcats will host 30 games

Bobcat fans got a Christmas wish granted early this year with the announcement two months ago that the franchise would return in 2009. But Santa continues stuffing the stockings just days away from the holiday.

Last week, Marion Bobcats General Manager Gordon Guess received final word that changes in the KIT League format and scheduling will allow for 30 home games at the Marion field that carries his name – five more than in 2008. Each team will continue to play a 50-game schedule, however.
The change is part of a larger revamping of the summer collegiate baseball league. In 2009, the league will expand to eight teams with the addition of a Mayfield franchise and the return of the Sikeston (Mo.) Bulls after a one-year hiatus. The Mayfield team, the West Kentucky Mavericks, will play all of its games on the road, allowing other teams additional opportunities to host games.
And because of the new squads, the league will be able to have divisional play for the first time. The split is as follows:
KIT League East
  • Marion Bobcats
  • Owensboro Oilers
  • Tradewater Pirates
  • West Kentucky Mavericks
KIT League West
  • Farmington Firebirds
  • Fulton Railroaders
  • Sikeston Bulls
  • Union City Greyhounds
At the end of the regular season, division playoffs will be held for the top two teams in each division. The league championship would pit division champs against one another. And the mid-season all-star game will be an East vs. West match.
Teams will also play a weighted schedule within their own division. Squads will play 30 intradivisional games – 10 each against its three divisional rivals. Except for the Mavericks, those 10 games will be split evenly at home and on the road. Each team will also play five games – one road and one home series – against all interdivisional foes for a total of 20. 
League play begins May 29, 2009.