7 seasons along and still going strong! Highlights of the Opening Day action around The Bigs:
The defending World Series champion Atlanta Bandits opened their season with a win over divsion rival Norfolk by a score of 6-4. A three-run 8th inning capped by a 2-run homer by Eric Baker broke a 3-3 tie.
Out west, Cheyenne opened with an 8-4 victory in Salt Lake City. Steve Bako finished a triple short of the cycle, driving in 3 and Tomas Beltran hit a 3-run pinch hit homer to fuel the Nation's attack.
San Juan came right out of the gate scoring 4 runs in the 1st and holding on for a 6-4 win in New Orleans. Frankie Brooks drove in 3 for the Dead Bunnies.
Philadelphia won an exciting 10 inning 5-3 decision in Toronto. Juan Nunez and Juan Rodriguez both had RBI hits in the 10th to provide the difference for the Phantoms.
In the north, Buffalo scored 3 in the first to knock off St. Louis, 3-2. Alex Saenz drove in the first run and Tito Martin's single in the first drove in 2 to provide all the Blue Cheese runs.
In Seattle, reigning Cy Young Award winner Miguel Benitez twirled a 3-hit shutout as the Killer Whales beat the visiting Anaheim Chiles 4-0.
In Charlotte, Dick Howard drove in 3 on a second inning homer for the Princesses as they knocked off the Monterrey Sultans 6-3. The home run gave them a 4-0 lead, which was more than enough.
In New York, 8 pitchers gave up 13 hits and 5 runs as the Scranton Janitors knocked off the New York New York 5-3. Graeme Walker needed just 5 pitches for a one inning save.