Royals to Open 2017 vs Kernersville

By Burlington Royals | February 27, 2017 3:08 PM ET

Royals to Begin 2017 Season with Exhibition against Kernersville

Burlington, N.C. -- For the seventh consecutive season, the Burlington Royals will host the Kernersville Bulldogs in their first tilt of the year. The June 20th matchup will be the Royals' sole exhibition game before kicking off the 2017 season on June 22nd with a three game home stand against the Kingsport Mets.

After posting a league-best 42-26 record in 2016, the Royals will look to expand on their success in 2017.

The clash with the Bulldogs will mark the debut for manager Omar Ramirez, who will take the reigns of a coaching staff that saw only Pitching Coach Carlos Martinez return following the 2016 season. Scott Thorman, the Royals 2015-2016 manager, is now the manager of Kansas City's Single A Affiliate, Lexington Legends.

General Manager Tyler Borkowski will look to carry forward the momentum of recently departed three-time Appalachian League Executive of the Year Ryan Keur. Keur is now the President of the Daytona Tortugas in the Florida State League. Borkowski is joined by new Manager of Coporate Partnerships and Group Sales, Katie Soraghan. Mikie Morrison remains on staff from last season, Morrison was promoted to Assistant General Manager in October of 2016.

Kernersville, a member of the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League (CVCL) since 2007, amassed a 22-14 record this past season. The CVCL is host to collegiate players ranging from NCAA Division I to NAIA schools and junior colleges.

Standard game times are at 7pm, Monday through Saturday, 6pm on Sundays. 2017 Season Tickets, Bonus Books, and Group Outings are available now. They can be ordered at 336-222-0223 or at

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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