Rapids to start season June 3

WATERTOWN — The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced Monday that it will play a 48-game schedule starting June 3.

The Watertown Rapids will start their season at home against the Utica Blue Sox at 6 p.m. June 3 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

Watertown will be part of the five-team Central Division along with Utica, Adirondack Trail Blazers, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and the expansion Auburn Doubledays. The season will run until July 29, when Watertown hosts Adirondack in the regular-season finale. All but two of the Rapids’ games will be against teams in the Central Division. Watertown’s non-divisional games will come against the Newark Pilots on June 26 and July 9, with both games at the Fairgrounds. This is likely done to cut down on travel due to the coronavirus situation.

The league has swelled to 16 teams with three divisions after the addition of Auburn, Jamestown, Niagara and Batavia.

Both Auburn and Batavia come to the PGCBL after the folding of the New York-Penn League. There are now 11 cities in the PGCBL that held New York-Penn League franchises.

The 2020 PGCBL season was called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Watertown missed the playoffs in 2019 after reaching the semifinals in 2018.

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