May 5, 2013

Miners eye repeat as CVBL season opens


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Champlain Valley Baseball League, which opens its 2013 season today, has its eye on the present as well as the future.

A trio of doubleheaders is on the schedule today.

The defending playoff champion Lyon Mountain Miners are in Saranac to take on the Peabody’s Padres, who finished runner-up in the playoffs a year ago. Peabody’s is formerly Airborne Speedway.

Four games are on tap at South Acres Field due to Clinton Community College playing a doubleheader at Lefty Wilson Field.

The Fourth Ward Cardinals and Fourth Ward A’s go at it for two, beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the Meron’s Expos against the Fourth Ward Timberjaxx for two, starting at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Randy Lozier, the new commissioner of the CVBL, says the league is in good shape and the future is bright.

“We’re expecting to have eight teams in the league next year because of the large influx of young talent out of high school and college,” Lozier said.

“We’re expecting the league, which is going in the right direction, to grow and prosper.”

Each team will play a 15-game schedule this season, including seven Sundays of doubleheaders and a play day in Lyon Mountain on June 16 where there will be three single games, with all teams using wood bats.

During the regular season, teams can use either wood or BBCOR bats.

A team will not play two doubleheaders against everyone else. That will be determined by last year’s schedule. So, if a team played another team only once last season, they will have two doubleheaders against that team this season.

The final weekend of regular season play is June 30, with the playoffs to follow.