Just one week into the 2018 Southern League season all 10 teams have already taken the field for Opening Day at their home ballpark and logged the first of many bus rides for five days on the road.
So far the Jackson Generals have established themselves as the leaders of the North Division, while in the South Division the Biloxi Shuckers have run out to an equally impressive start. While both teams have just one loss entering play today (Jackson went on to topple Tennessee in a matinee matchup and is now 6-1 on the year), the similarities stop there.
The Generals have been tearing the cover off the ball in 2018, leading the SL in batting average, home runs, and slugging percentage. The Shuckers, meanwhile, have used potent pitching to earn their victories. They lead the league with a miniscule 1.70 team ERA, and have already combined to toss two shutouts through just six games.
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In Biloxi, talented righty Cody Ponce is pitching with a purpose. "I wouldn't say it's so much a fan pressure or the round I got drafted in," Ponce told WLOX. "I have a lot of pressure from my mother, but there's a story behind that one."
The Birmingham Barons have added a slew of items to their menu this year, including Chicken and Waffles sliders, Irish Nachos, and more. Check it all out at AL.com.
In Chattanooga, the Lookouts recorded their first sellout crowd of the season on Opening Night.
The Jackson Generals donned custom uniforms for the first time this season, becoming the Hub City Hippos once again this past Friday as they took on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
In Jacksonville the Jumbo Shrimp would go on to beat the Mobile BayBears in their home opener, welcoming nearly 7,000 fans to The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. News 4 JAX has more.
On the field, the 2018 Mississippi Braves look to be a team to reckon with as they boast plenty of top end talent from the Mississippi Braves farm system. Talking Chop has more.
The Mobile BayBears opened their season at Hank Aaron Stadium for the first time in 10 years, and started their 2018 campaign with a win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. FOX 10 was there for it all.
Big Mo is no mo! Well… kind of. The Montgomery Biscuits have unveiled a slimmer version of their lovable mascot prior to the start of the season. Check out the story from WSFA 12.
"From the bling to the zing, Blue Wahoos baseball is a special experience", writes the Pensacola News Journal.
Last but not least, get an inside look at the Tennessee Smokies new and improved clubhouse thanks to WBIR.
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