From the Sports Editor’s desk Local prep baseball fans get ready for action

Published 2:26 pm Monday, June 8, 2020

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At the writing of this article, the East Tennessee Baseball League is merely a little over three hours away from swinging away at its inaugural campaign – one that comes at the expense of a missed high school baseball season that has local high school baseball teams ready, willing, and able to get back on the diamond.
Organized by Boyd Sports who runs the Elizabethton Twins and Johnson City Cardinal minor league programs locally, the league will feature 16 teams from the area comprised of rising high school juniors and seniors.
Those set to compete in the Eastern division include Science Hill, Elizabethton, Hampton, Dobyns-Bennett, David Crockett, Cherokee, Volunteer, Tennessee High, Sullivan East, University High #1, University High #2, Providence, Sullivan North, Greeneville, Abingdon, and John S. Battle.
A similar division will be played at Smokie Stadium with the winners from each division slated to play a world series at the end of the league’s season.
Games locally will be played Monday through Wednesday at TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City and at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark here in Elizabethton.
Game times each day will be at 5 pm and 7:30 pm.
Team names will not carry their school names as the league is not sanctioned by TSSAA and therefore Elizabethton High will be known only as the Cyclones and Hampton will go by Bulldogs.
Other teams have chosen names like Home of Daniel Norris for Science Hill, The Boro for David Crockett, Wahoos for Cherokee, Redwings for Providence, Deamons for Greeneville, and Express for John S. Battle.
While some teams will be coached by their high school coaches, others like Hampton will be required to have coaches not affiliated with the high school coaching team.
With the Appalachian League more than likely done, this league should provide local baseball fans the opportunity to spend some time at their local ballparks while cheering on the teams.
The Cyclones open up action on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City while the Bulldogs’ first game will be Wednesday at 5 pm at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.
TVA Credit Union Ballpark
DATE                   GAME 1 – 5 PM                                                          GAME 2 – 7:30 PM
8-Jun The Boro vs. Wahoos Express vs. Wahoos
9-Jun Braves vs Patriots Cyclones vs Pirates
10-Jun Redwings vs Raiders Falcons vs. Vikings
15-Jun Cyclones vs Team Whited Deamons vs. Bulldogs
16-Jun Redwings vs Volunteers Falcons vs. Team Whited
17-Jun Deamons vs Volunteers Daniel Norris vs Bulldogs
22-Jun Wahoos vs Pirates Raiders vs Volunteers
23-Jun Express vs Pirates Raiders vs Patriots
24-Jun Patriots vs Vikings Braves vs Bulldogs
29-Jun Team Whited vs Wahoos Redwings vs Cyclones
30-Jun The Boro vs Daniel Norris The Boro vs Deamons
1-Jul Cyclones vs Braves Daniel Norris vs Express
6-Jul Raiders vs Cyclones Team Whited vs Vikings
7-Jul Vikings vs Daniel Norris Bulldogs vs Patriots
8-Jul Deamons vs Express Patriots vs Pirates
13-Jul Wahoos vs Redwings Braves vs Express
14-Jul Pirates vs Daniel Norris Volunteers vs Falcons
15-Jul Raiders vs Falcons Braves vs The Boro
20-Jul Cyclones vs Falcons Volunteers vs The Boro
21-Jul Bulldogs vs The Boro Team Whited vs Deamons
22-Jul Team Whited vs Daniel Norris Vikings vs Redwings
27-Jul Vikings vs Braves Wahoos vs. Raiders
28-Jul Bulldogs vs Express Pirates vs Redwings
29-Jul Team Whited vs Redwings
Falcons vs Patriots
DATE            GAME 1 – 5 pm                                      GAME 2 – 7:30 PM
8-Jun           Patriots vs Express                    Redwings vs Braves
9-Jun           The Boro vs Vikings                    Deamons vs Raiders
10-Jun           Trive vs Bulldogs                      Daniel Norris vs Volunteers
15-Jun           Braves vs Raiders                    Patriots vs Wahoos
16-Jun           Daniel Norris vs Cyclones                    Express vs Vikings
17-Jun           Falcons vs Pirates                    The Boro vs Pirates
22-Jun           Falcons vs Daniel Norris                    Vikings vs Wahoos
23-Jun           Bulldogs vs Redwings                    Braves vs Volunteers
24-Jun           Deamons vs Cyclones                    The Boro vs Team Whited
29-Jun           Raiders vs Bulldogs                    Deamons vs Falcons
30-Jun           Express vs Team Whited                    Redwings vs Falcons
1-Jul           Volunteers vs Patriots                    Pirates vs Vikings
6-Jul           Volunteers vs Bulldogs                    Daniel Norris vs Wahoos
7-Jul           Falcons vs Braves                    Pirates vs Team Whited
8-Jul           Redwings vs The Boro                    Volunteers vs Cyclones
13-Jul           Vikings vs Deamons                    Wahoos vs Deamons
14-Jul           Raiders vs The Boro                    Bulldogs vs Cyclones
15-Jul           Patriots vs Team Whited                    Express vs Redwings
20-Jul           Wahoos vs Braves                    Patriots vs Daniel Norris
21-Jul           Pirates vs Deamons                    Cyclones vs Patriots
22-Jul           Bulldogs vs Falcons                    Express vs Raiders
27-Jul           Wahoos vs Volunteers                    Daniel Norris vs Deamons
28-Jul           Vikings vs Raiders                    Cyclones vs The Boro
29-Jul           Volunteers vs Express
                   Pirates vs Braves
School League Name
Science Hill Home of Daniel Norris
Elizabethton Cyclones
Dobyns-Bennett Team Whited
David Crockett The Boro
Cherokee Wahoos
Volunteer Volunteers
Tennessee Vikings
Sullivan East Patriots
Hampton Bulldogs
University (1) Pirates
University (2) Braves
Providence Redwings
Sullivan North Raiders
Greeneville Deamons
Abingdon Falcons
John S. Battle Express

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