2018 Dates and Schedule announced


LA PORTE- With the 2017 World Series now 3 months in the rear view mirror, it is that time to start preparing for another year of ORWBL action.

Commissioner Alex Friedman announced that the league would return to operating under a 24 game Regular season schedule with all teams making the playoffs once again (Unless a team has to forfeit a series.)

For the first time, ORWBL will be operating with 14 teams which sets the previous league high of 12 which has somewhat been the norm' for ORWBL.

With 14 teams, there will no longer be 4 Divisions. The league will continue to utilize the traditional AL/NL format with 7 teams representing each league. Each team will play all other 6 teams in their league as well as 2 Inter-league series which will total up to a 24 game regular season.

Before, we take a look at the dates and schedule, here is how the playoff format will shape up. The top 2 teams in each league will continue to earn a first round bye and will host the winner of the Wild Card one game playoff.

The only change is that the #6 and #7 seed in each league will essentially play a play in game with the winner immediately playing their Wild Card Game against the #3 overall seed.

And without further ado, here is the complete 2018 ORWBL Schedule! Reminder, all Sunday games are scheduled for 1:00pm ET. If two teams agree on a time that works better for both teams that is fine, but the games must be played on the scheduled dates. The few Thursday games that are scheduled should be played at 6:00pm ET.

Opening Day: Sunday, May 6th

South Bend Muffs @ Maple City Magic

Hudson Lake Heat @ Saugany Lake Landsharks

Cabo Yabos @ Bourissa Hills Wildcards

Osceola Billy Goats @ New Carlisle Newts

Granger Panthers @ Rolling Prairie's Emery's Army

Great Lakes Godfathers @ Lake Michigan Mallards

South Shore Silver Sluggers @ Lynn St. Leprechauns

Week 2: Thursday, May 17th (6:00pm ET)

South Bend Muffs @ Saugany Lake Landsharks

Lake Michigan Mallards @ Bourissa Hills Wildcards

Great Lakes Godfathers @ Hudson Lake Heat

South Shore Silver Sluggers @ New Carlisle Newts

Granger Panthers @ Cabo Yabos

Lynn St. Leprechauns @ Osceola Billy Goats

Maple City Magic @ Rolling Prairie's Emery's Army

Week 3: Sunday, May 20th

Bourissa Hills Wildcards @ Hudson Lake Heat

Lake Michigan Mallards @ Maple City Magic

Cabo Yabos @ South Bend Muffs

Rolling Prairie's Emery's Army @ South Shore Silver Sluggers

Lynn St. Leprechauns @ Saugany Lake Landsharks

Osceola Billy Goats @ Granger Panthers

New Carlisle Newts @ Great Lakes Godfathers

Week 4: Sunday, May 27th

New Carlisle Newts @ Granger Panthers

Maple City Magic @ Bourissa Hills Wildcards

Cabo Yabos @ Hudson Lake Heat

South Bend Muffs @ Lake Michigan Mallards

South Shore Silver Sluggers @ Osceola Billy Goats

Lynn St. Leprechauns @ Great Lakes Godfathers

Saugany Lake Landsharks @ Rolling Prairie's Emery's Army

Week 5: Sunday, June 3rd

New Carlisle Newts @ Maple City Magic

Bourissa Hills Wildcards @ South Shore Silver Sluggers

Hudson Lake Heat @ South Bend Muffs

Great Lakes Godfathers @ Cabo Yabos

Rolling Prairie's Emery's Army @ Lake Michigan Mallards

Granger Panthers @ Lynn St. Leprechauns

Saugany Lake Landsharks @ Osceola Billy Goats

Week 6: Sunday, June 10th

South Shore Silver Sluggers @ Granger Panthers

Maple City Magic @ Cabo Yabos

Lake Michigan Mallards @ Hudson Lake Heat

Great Lakes Godfathers @ South Bend Muffs

Saugany Lake Landsharks @ New Carlisle Newts

Rolling Prairie's Emery's Army @ Lynn St. Leprechauns

Osceola Billy Goats @ Bourissa Hills Wildcards

ALL STAR FESTIVITIES: Saturday, June 16th @ Migley Field (6:00pm ET)**

Home Run Derby

American League vs. National League (Best of 3 series)

Week 7: Sunday, June 24th

Hudson Lake Heat @ Granger Panthers

Lynn St. Leprechauns @ Cabo Yabos

Maple City Magic @ Great Lakes Godfathers

Bourissa Hills Wildcards @ South Bend Muffs

Lake Michigan Mallards @ Osceola Billy Goats

Rolling Prairie's Emery's Army @ New Carlisle Newts

Saugany Lake Landsharks @ South Shore Silver Sluggers

Week 8: Sunday, July 1st