Hillcats announce game schedule for 2019 season

chedule features April 8 home opener, more weekend home games, and Fireworks every Friday and Saturday night

By Max Gun / Lynchburg Hillcats | November 21, 2018 12:52 PM

Lynchburg, Va. - The Lynchburg Hillcats, A-Adv. affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, have announced their 2019 Carolina League schedule, which begins on Thursday, April 4 in Myrtle Beach, A-Adv. affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, for a four-game series against the Pelicans. Lynchburg's home opener is slated for Monday, April 8 against Route 460 rival, the Salem Red Sox, A-Adv. affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

The 140-game 2019 schedule consists of 70 home games at City Stadium, 39 of which are weekend games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Lynchburg will host their popular Independence Day celebration at City Stadium on Thursday, July 4, hosting the Pelicans in the opener of a three-game series. Other key home dates include Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12 against Salem, and Father's Day on Sunday, June 16 in the first half finale against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, A-Adv. affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Hillcats are also home for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 versus the inaugural Fayetteville Woodpeckers, A-Adv. affiliate of the Houston Astros, as well as Labor Day on Monday, September 2 against the Winston-Salem Dash, A-Adv. affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, which also marks the final game of the regular season.

By month, the Hillcats will play 13 home games in April, 17 in May, 14 in June, 12 in July, 12 in August and two in September.

Different from previous seasons, the Carolina League now features a rebalanced schedule, allowing all clubs the opportunity to play more non-division games. Overall, 85 of the Hillcats 140 games come against South Division competition in 2019, compared to just 53 in 2018. Each Southern Division team will visit City Stadium at least six times, with Myrtle Beach and Winston-Salem both traveling to City Stadium 10 times. Lynchburg will play host to North Division foe Wilmington a season-high 11 times in 2019. On the road, the Hillcats' most frequent stops will be the Carolina Mudcats, A-Adv. affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, Down East Wood Ducks, A-Adv. affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and Winston-Salem, where they will match up with each team 10 times.

Season ticket and group packages for all 70 of the Hillcats 2019 home games are on sale now, with special discounted rates available for fans who book by January 1. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2019 season can reach out by phone at 434-528-1144 or stop by the City Stadium offices.

New in 2019, both Friday and Saturday home games will feature post-game Fireworks. A full calendar of exciting promotions, theme nights and giveaways for the 2019 season will be announced at a later date. All game times are also to-be-determined.

The Lynchburg Hillcats are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Hillcats are eight-time Carolina League Champions, having most recently won the Mills Cup Championship in 2017. The Hillcats play their home games at City Stadium, which has been home to Minor League Baseball in Lynchburg since 1963. For more information about the Lynchburg Hillcats, please contact Max Gun at mgun@lynchburg-hillcats.com.

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

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