Sunday, March 13, 2011

2011 season shaping up

The roster is more than three-quarters complete and a preliminary two-month schedule has been posted as the Bobcats prepare for the 2011 season, their first in the newly-formed Ohio Valley League.

Manager Kyle Medley still has a bit of work left in filling the roster, but the current roster boasts 10 pitchers—including three southpaws—and at least one player at all other positions. Medley said he will have the roster completed by the end of March.

Meantime, the league has released a preliminary 42-game schedule, with each of the four teams in the league playing one another 14 times. Scheduling will have teams splitting their home and road games evenly, with each squad hosting rivals for seven games and hitting the road for the other half. Opening Day is set for June 3.

Marion opens its season with a two-game series at each Fulton and Owenboro for the first four games before hosting the Roadroaders to begin a three-game home stand. The Bobcats' longest home stand will be for six games between July 6-13. Their longest road trip will be the season-opening stint.

Each team has only two double-headers scheduled—June 12 and 26—with each on a Sunday. Only one other game is slated for a Sunday—July 3. The only Monday game for all four teams will be on Independence Day, when Marion will play at the Oilers.

Rival Tradewater will first play Marion at Guess Field on June 10. The Bobcats play their final game against the Pirates at Dawson Springs on July 20.

The Ohio Valley League regular season ends on July 23 with the playoffs starting two days later. All four teams will make the playoffs, with the No. 1 seed facing No. 4 and No. 2 taking on No. 3 for a three-game series in the first round. The three-game championship series will begin on July 29.