Waldorf, MD – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) has announced its Championship Season Schedule for 2018.  The league’s 21st season of play will feature a 126 game schedule that will begin for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs with their Home Opener on April 27, 2018 versus the Long Island Ducks.

With the addition of the Road Warriors to the Liberty Division, a team that will play each of its games on the road, the Blue Crabs will host opponents 72 times at Regency Furniture Stadium and play 54 road games.

The 2018 home schedule includes a July 4th game versus the Somerset Patriots, Sunday afternoon games on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a three game series versus the Lancaster Barnstormers on Memorial Day Weekend and a three game series versus the Road Warriors on Labor Day Weekend.

“We didn’t think that the schedule could get any better than the 2017 season schedule, but this schedule proves us wrong,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “To open the season on a Friday is huge!  The schedule is loaded with big weekend matchups, week-day games, and a good amount of holiday dates,” said Knichel.

“We are excited to announce our schedule and look forward to what should be an outstanding Championship Season in 2018,” said League President Rick White. “The Atlantic League saw 55 player contracts purchased by Major League organizations and foreign professional leagues during the 2017 season, and we expect more of the same next year.” 

The 21st Annual Atlantic League All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 11. This year’s midsummer classic will be hosted by Long Island at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. 2018 marks the third time the Ducks will host the All-Star Game, previously doing so in 2002 and 2010.

The ALPB schedule is divided into two 63-game halves, with the first half ending on Thursday, July 5 and the regular season ending on Sunday, September 16. The first half and second half champions in each division will qualify for 2018 Atlantic League playoffs. Should one or both teams win each half in their respective division, a wild card scenario comes into play where the team(s) with the next best overall record, regardless of division, qualifies for the postseason. Both Division Championship Series matchups will take place the week of September 17, 2017 with the Atlantic League Championship Series occurring during the week of September 24.

A complete promotional schedule for the 11th Season of Blue Crabs Baseball will be released at a later date.  2018 season tickets and mini plans are on sale now.  Individual tickets for the 2018 season are scheduled to go on sale in the new year.  For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.