The month of May has officially arrived, which means baseball is three weeks away from being in full swing in B.C.’s northern capital.
The Prince George Senior Men’s Baseball League (PGSBL) has unveiled its 2019 schedule in hopes of delivering another clutch year for local residents and fans alike.
The PGSBL consists of five teams that will play 10 games each, a total of 50 games in the regular season, beginning Wednesday, May 22 until Thursday, Aug. 1.
Playoffs will follow throughout August and September depending on how many games are needed to determine a winner.
The defending champions are the Orioles, who went undefeated in the 2018 post-season by completing two consecutive playoff sweeps, including the best-of-five Finals 3-0 over the Inland Control and Services Tigers.
That’s the second title for the O’s in four years; the 2015 championship was the first ever in franchise history, also going undefeated in the playoffs that year as well.
The other three competing teams are:
- D.O.B Contracting Gladiators
- Prince George Surg Med Knights
- Queensway Auto World Red Sox
All games will be played at Citizen Field in Carrie Jane Gray Memorial Park.
The 2019 season opener on May 22 will feature the Knights and Red Sox, with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.
The 2018 finals re-match is up to bat the next day (May 23) between the Orioles and the Tigers at the same time.
Before the season officially takes the field, the PGSBL is hosting a pre-season tournament May 10 to 12, known as the Bud Light Cup.
Current Prince George professional ball player Jared Young is a former member of the PGSBL, winning the league’s Top Hitter title in 2016 and earning all-star nods in back-to-back seasons (2015, 2016).
Amanda Asay, a member of Canada’s National Women’s Baseball team, also participated in the PGSBL, claiming the league’s Top Pitcher award in 2014.
The Prince George product recently won the bronze medal with Canada at the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup.