Written by: Jake Palumbo
Commissioner Jason Woodward has announced the 2015 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Schedule.
The regular season begins Tuesday, June 2nd with a five full games which will start at 7:00 pm. Opening day features a Baltimore battle between defending three-time champions, the Baltimore Redbirds and the Baltimore Dodgers at Joe Cannon Stadium. The Rockville Express is set to host CRCBL runner-up and regular season champion, Bethesda Big Train at Montgomery College with the opening pitch at 7:00 pm. The Herndon Braves will take on cross-town rival Alexandria Aces at Herndon High School starting at 7pm. The Vienna Riverdogs who missed out on the playoffs last year on the final regualr season day look to make a strong push for the league title this year will make their debut as they host the DC Grays at James Madison High School; the opening pitch is at 7 pm. The Gaithersburg Giants will host the Silver Spring Thunderbolts at Criswell Automotive Field at 7 pm.
Baltimore Redbird home games will begin at 6:30 pm and Bethesda Big Train home games will begin at 7:30 pm. All other home games will start at 7:00 pm. Be on the lookout for 1:00 pm start times on Saturdays and Sundays.
The CRCBL All-Star game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th at Shirley Povich Field at 7:30 pm.
The playoffs commence on Sunday, July 26th and will involve six of the ten teams. The top two finishers in each division will qualify as well as the two remaining teams with the best overall records, independent of assigned division. The scheduled times for these games are TBD.
The playoff format is as follows: after single elimination games between the #3 and #6 seeds, and the #4 and #5 seeds, the playoffs will continue with a best of three semifinal and championship series, culminating no later than Sunday, August 2nd.
To view the 2015 CRCBL schedule, visit www.calripkenleague.org