2013 schedule released
There was some good news and bad news for the Wild Things when the Frontier League released its 2013 schedule Monday.
First, the good news. Washington will play more than half of its 96-game schedule at home, thanks to the league fielding a travel team. The Wild Things will play 54 home games and only 42 away from Consol Energy Park.
The bad news? More than a quarter of those road games will come in the season’s first three weeks.
Washington will play 12 of its first 15 games on the road, including the season opening series May 19-21 at Schaumburg. After a three-game series at Rockford, the Wild Things will play their home opener May 26 against the defending league champion Southern Illinois Miners.
The Wild Things will play only the Memorial Day weekend series at home before embarking on a six-game road trip to Joliet and Windy City.
If you think the Wild Things' early schedule is difficult, try Windy City's. The ThunderBolts open the season with 10 consecutive road games. Windy City does make that up in June when it has a 15-game homestand. That's right, 15 consecutive home games.
The league will again have 14 teams and keep the same alignment of two seven-team divisions. Lake Erie, Traverse City, Florence, Evansville, Southern Illinois and the travel team, which will be known as the Greys, will join Washington in the East Division. The Greys replace the Road Warriors. The new team will use the same logo as the Zanesville Greys, who were founding members of the Frontier League and its first champions.
One change for the 2013 season is start times for Sunday home games has tentatively been pushed up to 5:05 p.m. Home games on Monday through Saturday night will still have a 7:05 p.m. start.
The complete schedule: