Story courtesy: West Texas A&M Athletics
Three members of the West Texas A&M Buffaloes will take the fantastic opportunity to prepare for the 2021 season beginning on Tuesday night as Mitchell Miller, Cooper Harris and Jake Suddreth will compete for the Sod Squad in the 2020 Texas Collegiate Baseball League.
The Sod Squad will open the 2020 season with a three-game series at HODGETOWN against the San Antonio Flying Chanclas on Tuesday, June 30 with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Social distancing protocols will be in effect during all games in Amarillo. For more information on HODGETOWN’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan and protocols, click HERE.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets online at www.SodPoodles.com or in-person at the box office beginning at 12 p.m. Thursday. Single-game ticket prices range from $5 to $12 depending on ticket type and seating location. For ticket information, call 806-803-9547 or email email@example.com. The HODGETOWN box office will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The league comprises 10 total teams made up of active college players (upcoming sophomores to seniors) from different colleges and universities across the nation. Four teams already affiliated include the Acadiana Cane Cutters (Lafayette, LA), Brazos Valley Bombers (Bryan-College Station, TX), Texarkana (TX) Twins, and Victoria (TX) Generals. Joining the league in 2020 are five Minor League organizations including Double-A franchises Amarillo (two teams), Frisco and Tulsa, and Triple-A franchises San Antonio and Round Rock.
The teams will be divided into two divisions (North and South). The North Division will include Amarillo’s two teams, Frisco, Tulsa, and Texarkana while the South Division will include Round Rock, San Antonio, Brazos Valley, Victoria, and Acadiana.
Each team will have a roster size of about 30 players and play a total of 30 regular-season games – 15 in their home city and 15 on the road – followed by a postseason. The postseason format will begin with a three-game divisional series played by the top two seeds from each division. The winner of each division will then face off in a winner-take-all championship game for the Gerald Haddock Trophy.
The TCL is currently represented by over 250-plus players from over 90 different colleges and universities. Some of the more nationally-recognized schools sending their standouts to the TCL include Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Cal State Fullerton, Dallas Baptist, Houston, Long Beach State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Pacific, Rice, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Texas Tech, Wichita State and WT among others.
The Texas Collegiate League is Texas’ first major collegiate summer wooden bat league and have played 17 seasons.