The 2019 St. John’s Molson senior baseball season swings into action tonight at St. Pat’s Ball Park, where the first game of the new schedule is the traditional matchup of last year’s finalists.
The OMT Shamrocks, who took the 2018 crown in a seven-game championship series, face the team they beat, the Roebothan McKay Marshall Gonzaga Vikings, at 6 p.m., weather permitting
That’s followed by an 8:30 p.m. contest between the Knights and Holy Cross Trinity Pub Crusaders.
The senior league’s other two team, the Storm and Feildians, play their first game on Wednesday.
In between, the St. John’s Molson intermediate league will make its 2019 debut with four games Tuesday night at St. Pat’s.
A match featuring the Riverdale Storage Unit Storm and Holy Cross, followed by another between Feildians and the Shamrocks, are on Tuesday’s opening-day card for the intermediate circuit, which involves three other teams, Gonzaga, Knights and the Body Quest Generals.
Those three enties are set open their new campaigns Thursday, which will also see the first game of the season (Gonzaga vs Knights) at Mount Pearl’s Smallwood Field.
The Generals operated as Guards last season, but the Guards Athletic Association is no longer the sponsor. However, by adopting the “Generals” nickname, the team was able to retain the “G” logo it has been using.
As part of the preparation for the start-up of the new seasons, both league’s recently held player drafts.
The most notable player in that process was, not surprisingly, the first one taken in the senior draft.
That’s Corner Brook native Matt Colbourne, who was selected first overall by the Storm.
A lefthanded pitcher, Colbourne was the most valuable player at the 2018 provincial junior championship and despite being just 21, has already proven to be a stalwart for his hometown senior Barons in provincial competition.
Colbourne will undoubtedly suit up for Corner Brook again in provincial play, but he is moving to St. John’s, meaning his regular-season games will no longer be at Jubilee Field, but at St. Pat’s and Smallwood.