Skeeters Inaugural 2012 Schedule
The Sugar Land Skeeters will throw the first pitch on Thursday, April 26, 2012, as minor league baseball comes to Houston. The Skeeters will open its inaugural season by playing host to the two-time defending Atlantic League champion York (Pa.) Revolution in a four-game series spanning April 26-29, according to the AL schedule released this week.
Sugar Land will reside in the Freedom Division along with the Somerset (N.J.) Patriots, Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers as well as York. The last four AL champions (2010-11, York; 2008-09, Somerset) reside in the Skeeters division. The Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish, the Long Island (N.Y.) Ducks, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and Camden (N.J.) River Sharks make up the Liberty Division.
The Skeeters balanced schedule includes 70 home games at StarTex Power Field, and 70 road games at the other seven members of the Atlantic League. After opening the season at home against the Revolution, the Skeeters hit the road for the first time the following week, traveling to Southern Maryland, Lancaster and Somerset for 10 games in 10 days.
After hosting Long Island for six games in mid-May, the Skeeters will host its first multi-team home stand later in the month, when both Lancaster and Southern Maryland visit StarTex Power Field. Somerset, led by former Yankee relief pitcher Sparky Lyle, makes its first appearance in Sugar Land in early June, while Camden arrives in late June for its first visit to Texas and Bridgeport rounds out the AL first-time visits to Sugar Land with an early July appearance to close out the first half of the season.
The Skeeters will visit Bridgeport and its manager Willie Upshaw for the initial time on May 18, and Sugar Land for the first time will take on Camden in the Garden State and York in Pennsylvania in a two-team, six-game road series on June 14-20. Finally, in late June, the Skeeters will travel to the Big Apple, squaring off against Long Island for the first time on the road.
The first half of the seasons ends on Sunday, July 8, while the second half concludes on Sunday, Sept. 23. Winners of each half will square off in the opening round of the playoffs, with the victors advancing to play for the Atlantic League championship. The 2012 playoffs are slated to begin on or before Sunday, Oct. 7.
The All-Star Game, scheduled for Campbell’s Field in Camden, serves as the mid-point of the season.
The Skeeters are slated for two day-night doubleheaders, both of which will be on the road: July 24 at Somerset and Sept. 15 at Bridgeport. Also, Sugar Land will play at StarTex Power Field for both Mother’s Day (May 13 versus Long Island) and Memorial Day (May 28 against Southern Maryland), while playing on the road for Father’s Day (June 17 at Camden), Fourth of July (Bridgeport) and Labor Day (Sept. 3 at York.)
Sugar Land will conclude its first season the same way it started: hosting York for a six-game series on Sept. 18-23.
The full 2012 schedule can be seen online at SugarLandSkeeters.com by clicking the schedule tab on the home page. Game time for home and road games will be released at a later date.
The Sugar Land Skeeters offices are presently located at 16160 City Walk in Sugar Land Town Square, Sugar Land, where additional information, tickets and Inaugural Season merchandise are available. The Skeeters may be reached at www.SugarLandSkeeters.com or by calling 281.240.HITS (4487).