Minor league baseball teams in Southwest Virginia prepare for spring season
ROANOKE, Va. – After having the 2020 season canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, minor league baseball teams across Southwest Virginia are gearing up for what could be the busiest season yet. The Salem Red Sox are slated to play 60 games this season. The team has to follow directions from the governor’s office and major league baseball which is only allowing 25% capacity right now. The Red Sox host their home opener at the ballpark on May 11 against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Salem Red Sox 2021 Schedule (Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)
Lynchburg Hillcats release 2021 schedule after no 2020 season
The Lynchburg Hillcats have released their 2021 schedule and will start playing at Bank of the James Stadium on Tuesday, May 4, against the Fredericksburg Nationals. In the recently released 2021 schedule, you can find 15 of the 20 series against Northern Division opponents with 36 games against Salem, 30 games against Delmarva, and 24 games against Fredericksburg. The complete schedule can be found below:Lynchburg Hillcats 2021 schedule (Lynchburg Hillcats)Baby Southpaw bobblehead will be at the opening night and the come-back season will end on the road. Baby SouthPaw bobble (Lynchburg Hillcats)The final regular-season home game is against the Salem Red Sox and is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 12. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit lynchburg-hillcats.com, call 434-528-1144, or visit the Bank of the James Stadium Box Office.
Lynchburg Hillcats likely to remain Cleveland Indians affiliate, but at a different level
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Baseball players in the Hill City could still end up playing home games in Cleveland. The Lynchburg Hillcats announced Wednesday that they’ve been formally invited by the Cleveland Indians to become their new Low-A affiliate. “We appreciate Cleveland’s commitment to top-notch player development and working with us to keep professional baseball in Lynchburg for years to come. We can’t wait to host baseball games again at Bank of the James Stadium and do what we do best -- provide affordable family fun to our passionate fans.”The announcement comes as Major League Baseball has altered the minor league structure. Lynchburg was last a Low-A club in 1989 as a Boston Red Sox affiliate.
Dogwood District shines bright on the diamond Sunday night
LYNCHBURG, Va. After the success of the Ronnie Roberts Classic, the Lynchburg Hillcats decided to host another special baseball game at Bank of James Stadium, this time to honor the seniors from the Dogwood District. More than 20 players came together two make up two teams. The Blue team consisted of players from Appomattox, Dan River, and William Campbell High Schools. The Grey team consisted of players from Altavista and Gretna High Schools. Sunday nights game had a great display of defensive play and big bats, as the Blue team scored in the final 4 innings to secure a 14-2 victory.
West division wins the inaugural Ronnie Roberts Senior Classic
LYNCHBURG, Va. More than 40 high school baseball seniors had a chance to take one last step in the batters box Saturday night. The Lynchburg Hillcats hosted the Ronnie Roberts Senior Classic giving seniors a chance to play one final game together, while also honoring a legend. Ronnie Roberts served in multiple roles for the Hillcats during a 28 year span, most notably as general manager before retiring in 2018. His family was on hand Saturday and received a jersey signed by all the players and coaches in the game. The east battled hard but the western all-stars do prevail, 7-4, in the inaugural Ronnie Roberts Senior Classic.
With Minor League Baseball canceled, Hillcats hopeful to make it through to see baseball next summer
LYNCHBURG, Va. The Lynchburg Hillcats are just another team in our area that are mourning the loss of the Minor League Baseball season. Were all bummed, Hillcats General Manager Chris Jones said. Obviously they worked so hard, all season, all off-season, putting on a great show that were known for. Not getting to do that is just a real bummer for us.With little to no revenue for some minor league teams this summer, the Hillcats are hopeful baseball will be played next summer. Were a small business, like a lot of small businesses around us, its going to hurt for a long time, Jones said.
With an MLB season on the horizon, Lynchburg Hillcats reflect on should-have-been All-Star Game
LYNCHBURG, Va. Yesterday in Lynchburg, the Carolina League All-Star game was supposed to be played. It would have been the citys first time hosting the game in 25 years. Its really sad for the city. It was our chance to really shine, and show off what weve done here for the last 25 years, General Manager Chris Jones said. Theres been so many ideas thrown around, as you can see, major league baseball and the players association are having their own issues, so I think minor league baseball is down on the totem pole of importance.
Former Hillcats General Manager Ronnie Roberts passes away
LYNCHBURG, Va. It is with a heavy heart that we wish to inform the community that our friend, colleague, and Hillcats family member; Ronnie Roberts passed away this afternoon. Upon hearing the news of Ronnie's passing Hillcats' President and current General Manager Chris Jones said "Ronnie will be missed and saying that is an understatement. The Lynchburg Hillcats are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Visit the Hillcats online at Lynchburg-hillcats.com, and follow the Hillcats on Twitter (@LynHillcats), Instagram (@LynHillcats) and Facebook (Lynchburg Hillcats). For more information about the Lynchburg Hillcats, please contact Maura Sheridan at email@example.com.
Early plate success lifts Red Sox over Hillcats
SALEM, Va. - The Lynchburg Hillcats dropped their second straight game against the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night, falling 9-4. The Red Sox sent nine hitters to the plate in the first. A batter later, Jagger Rusconi singled home Corcino to make it 3-0 Red Sox. Jhonathan Diaz (Win, 7-6) worked five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over five frames. The Hillcats and Red Sox will play the final games of the three-game set on Saturday.
Hill City Scene: There's still time to enjoy fireworks, food and music this July
A solid variety of events lead the way this weekend as we wind down July. Alas, it's our final July weekend, but that's certainly no reason to be sad. But, if you're willing to admit it, you should check out the End of Summer Reading Street Fair in Rustburg. This Sunday has quite the treat, albeit a bit pricey one, coming to the Hill City. Tickets are a bit pricey, starting at $51, but if you're willing to have an obstructed view, you'll only need to pay $14.
Hillcats handle Winston-Salem 7-3
Mitch Roman led off the inning with a single to right field, and then he advanced to third on back-to-back flyouts. The Hillcats responded right away in their half of the third. Emmanuel Tapia followed with an RBI groundout to give the Hillcats a 2-1 lead, and then Jodd Carter walked to reload the bases. The six-run third inning was most runs that the Hillcats had scored in an inning this season. The Hillcats continue their homestand on Friday night, when they welcome the Potomac Nationals to City Stadium for a three-game series.