The other 16 teams who had to wait for the night session were anxiously awaiting the start of their seasons. Here's how the champs and 15 other teams fared:
In San Juan, the Dead Bunnies welcomed in the reigning champion City Limits. Louis Feliz gave up only one run in six innings for Austin and Ken Keagle added three hits and 2 RBI to help pace the City Limits to a comfortable 5-1 victory.
In Salt Lake City, the Vancouver Golden Otters batted around in the first inning and held a 5-0 lead before the dangerous Shaker offense ever got to the plate. SLC starter Gary Jackson gave up 7 runs while getting only 3 outs in a 8-3 loss to the Golden Otters.
In Atlanta, a revamped Trenton Traffic offense pounded out 16 hits as they knocked off the hometown Bandits 9-4. Stephen Mills homered and drove in 4 runs, while newly reacquired Bret King drove in 3 and scored twice.
In Kansas City, Ozzie Acker gave up only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings for the Scouts and the offense pounded out 15 hits to beat the Minnesota North Stars 9-2. Ricky Carpenter finished a triple short of the cycle and Fernando Ibanez finished a homer short of the cycle.
In St. Louis, River City Rage ace Yogi Anderson was throwing a 1-hitter and had a 1-0 lead going into the ninth, when he and three relievers yielded 6 runs to the Cincinnati Simpletons. St. Louis couldn't score in the bottom of the ninth, and Cincinnati got a 6-1 decision.
In Monterrey, 1B Reagan Aldred was the offensive star, as his 2-run homer in the second held up. Albert Gonzalez and two relievers combined to limit archvial Jackson to 2 hits as the Sultans beat the Vipers 2-0.
In Seattle, Cheyenne starter Louie Martin was pulled after 6 innings and 82 pitches despite throwing a no-hitter at the time. Coco Briggs broke up the combined no-no in the eighth, but the outcome had been decided long before that; Wally Harvey's 3rd inning grand slam saw to that. Seattle managed only one run on one hit and fell to Cheyenne 6-1.
In New York, the Knickerbockers surprised some experts by starting Dixie Reynolds on Opening Day- he surprised most of everyone by holding Boston to 1 run on 3 hits over 8 innings. Karim Vega had 4 hits and scored twice to help lead New York to a 5-1 win.