Red on Red tonight in Salem

Both the homestanding Salem Red Sox and the visiting Fredericksburg Nats have red jerseys and tonight both teams chose to wear them for their series opening 7:05 contest.

It could be worse though if it was basketball season instead of baseball ⚾️ but it did look odd just the same.

Salem scored the games first run in the bottom of the second in a manner that had a little league feel to it as a runner reached first base on an error and moved up a bag on three separate wild pitches.

9:16 p.m. – 7th inning stretch has the teams knotted at 3-3.

The baby Green Monster getting plenty of action tonight.

Attendance announced at 2,209

Just when you think its safe to announce the total number of baseball ⚾️ teams(33) in the Commonwealth….

It turns out that we need to add four teams to our total as the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League has been playing games for over 70 years. This league has a couple of rather unique twists in that all games are played nightly on four fields within a few miles of each other and any players that are not local are housed in Beautiful Virginia Beach.

Not a bad place to spend your Summer while trying to improve your game !

4 in Tidewater, 4 in Richmond, 3 in the Coastal Plains, 4 in the Appalachian League and 2 in the Cal Ripen League in addition to the 11 in the Valley Baseball League. Quick math says 28 in addition to the 5 actual Minor League teams gives up 33 ( unless you count Princeton, like I do).

This is addition to the other Summer League groups like the Rockingham County Baseball League in the Shenandoah Valley. Amazingly, the split is 14 above Interstate 64 and 19 below to fictional Graham- Carter Line.

The two most recent groups get together for an All-Star game each season in addition to some of the teams scheduling games versus the Tri-City Chili Peppers 🌶 of the Coastal Plains League.

Both of these leagues require the interested players in paying to play which goes directly to the cost of playing the games.

Six separate categories for the 28 Summer League teams to go with three A, one AA and one AAA minor league teams that dot the Commonwealth.

Baseball ⚾️ 🧢 in the Commonwealth

The VBL hat covers the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and represents the 11 Valley Baseball League teams in the region. The combination of 12 baseballs below I-64 are a mixture of Logo Balls and foul balls collected from the 12 parks located there.

The ball from the launching of the Fredericksburg Nats is the one that sits separated from the others and teams 25, 26 and 27 are playing in the Cal Ripen League across the I-66 corridor in Northern Virginia.

You can run the number even higher if you chose to add the Summer League games being played in the Tidewater area or the Rockingham County Baseball League that also competes in the Shenandoah Valley.

Let’s start with 27 – 3 up top, 12 in the middle and another dozen on the Southside.

Every community waiting for those 2 famous words-

PLAY BALL !