Cue the baseball, hotdogs and fireworks because Expedition League baseball season is back!
The college wooden bat league will kick off Friday night with each team playing a 52-game schedule in 55 days. The Fremont Moo will play 26 home games and 26 games on the road against the Hastings Sodbusters, Western Nebraska Pioneers, Pierre Trappers, Souris Valley Sabre Dogs and the Badlands Big Sticks.
Fremont starts their season in Hastings, playing a three-game set against the Sodbusters. The Moo then comes home to play the Pierre Trappers on June 29.
Last season, Fremont went 32-32 and won their season finale against the Sodbusters.
The Moo has worked with the City of Fremont and the Three Rivers Public Health Department since the beginning of June to put together a plan for fans to attend home games, according to the Fremont Tribune.
Due to COVID-19, Moeller Field will have a reduced capacity. The Three Rivers Public Health Department and the Moo agreed to have 75% capacity, meaning fans can once again enjoy baseball and ballpark food.
“One of the biggest challenges has certainly been the social distancing when you’re dealing with fixed seating and reserved seats, Moo Owner Chad Miller told the Fremont Moo Podcast. “We’ve had to assign our Moo Crew season ticket members seating and block off seats to create the social distancing in the ballpark.” Moeller Field will also implement a “BYOC” policy, meaning fans can bring their own lawn chairs.
The coaches, staff and players keep an eye on COVID-19 and have had many discussions about the safety of everyone.
“None of us have ever operated in an environment like this, but it is certainly something we can adapt to and overcome,” Miller said. “The players themselves, we’re going to continue monitoring them and put procedures in place that address the contingency that could arise.”
After about three months without baseball, both the Moo’s athletes and staff are itching to get back on the diamond.
“This is the longest I’ve gone since I was a little kid without baseball,” Moo Manager Shea Bennett said in the podcast. “We’re all excited to get going here, we’ve been putting a lot of work to get ready for the start of the season.”