The Missoula Osprey, in conjunction with the Pioneer League, released their game schedule for the 2019 season today. The Osprey will open their 21st season in Missoula with six games on the road beginning Friday, June 14 in Great Falls. The O's home opener is set for Friday, June 21 against the Great Falls Voyagers.
In all, over 970,000 fans have watched Osprey regular season baseball at Ogren Park Allegiance Field since 2007. This year, the regular season runs from June 14 to September 7. The Osprey will finish the regular season home slate with a five-game home stand versus the Billings Mustangs and Idaho Falls Chukars August 27 - 31.
Although a complete promotional calendar will be released at a later date, the Osprey are planning to host their 15th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration following the game Wednesday, July 3 - an Opening Weekend Fireworks Display on June 22 - and the final Fireworks Extravaganza is tabbed of August 3.
"We are excited to have a schedule for next season to continue our planning on a fantastic 2019," explained Osprey VP Matt Ellis. "Our staff is working hard at making 2019 one of our best seasons ever. Look for some exciting news in the coming months as our ownership, the Davises, and our staff unveil plans to enhance the Osprey fan experience to be one of the best in baseball."
After the relocation of the Helena Brewers to Colorado Springs, the Pioneer League will have a new look as the Idaho Falls Chukars join the Pioneer League North and Colorado Springs has been added to the Pioneer League South. Fans will see the Montana state rivalry intensify as the new league structure will see rival Billings Mustangs and the Great Falls Voyagers a combined 20 occasions at Ogren Park Allegiance Field (previously 16). As members of the Pioneer League's Northern Division, the Osprey will compete with two Montana teams and one from Idaho (Idaho Falls, Great Falls and Billings) for the division title. The 76-game schedule will once again be split into a two-half-season format with the first half ending July 25. The winners of each half for each division advance to the post-season. Here are the division alignments along with the affiliates for each of the teams:
North Division: Missoula Osprey (Arizona Diamondbacks); Billings Mustangs (Cincinnati Reds); Great Falls Voyagers (Chicago White Sox); Idaho Falls Chukars (Kansas City Royals)
South Division: Colorado Springs (Milwaukee Brewers); Grand Junction Rockies (Colorado Rockies); Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers); Orem Owlz (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Included in the schedule for 2019 is the fifth ever Pioneer League-Northwest League All-Star Game. The 2019 version will be hosted by the Boise Hawks at Memorial Stadium in Boise, ID., Tuesday, August 6. The game will highlight the future of Major League Baseball with some of the top talent from both leagues.
Season tickets for the 2019 season are on sale now at the MSO Hub. For more information and a complete schedule, contact the Osprey at (406) 543-3300, stop by the MSO Hub at 140 N. Higgins or visit the Osprey online at MissoulaOsprey.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.