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THE BUCKS ARE BACK!

 This won’t be Travis Kiewiet’s first game as a Buck but it will be his first as manager of the team. Kiewiet moves from bench coach to manager and takes over a Bucks team that is coming off a 34-36 season last year, their most wins since 2002, which was also the last year they had a winning record (34-30). The Bucks will return some of their core pieces from last season, including 3B Cameron Perkins and OF Davis Hendrickson, both all-stars from last year. Perkins also led the team in BA, homers, RBIs, and steals, but will not return immediately as his team, Purdue, is playing in the NCAA tournament. 2011 7th round pick Ben Roberts joins the Bucks this year and should be one of the top players on the team. Brock Hudgens will start for the Bucks today, coming off a 3.77 ERA season at Charlotte and being named the 3rd best prospect in the Southern Collegiate League last summer.

 

On the other side, the Honkers finished last in their division last season and had the second worst record in the league (25-45) just two years after winning the title. They do return 1B Johnny Coy who led the team in BA and homers last year and had a .914 OPS, as well as pitcher DJ Snelten who led the team with 47 Ks in just 40.1 innings (10.55 per 9 innings) and had an ERA of 4.46. The starter will be Chris Noble from the University of Pikeville, a redshirt senior who finished last season with a 1-6 record and a 5.54 ERA. 

 

Game Promotions

 

Opening Night – Fireworks Extravaganza – THE SCREAMING EAGLE AMERICAN BAR & GRILL, ON PRESS ROW & Magnet Schedule Night – Tickets available from SCREAMING EAGLE – 1st 1,000 fans get a Bucks Magnet Schedule powered by AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES & KAREN’S PRINT-RITE – COPYWORKS College Night on the Party Deck – Present a College ID at the ticket window & get into the game & on the Party Deck for just $15 – GREAT CLIPS SHUTOUT CHALLENGE – A Box Seat ticket gets you free food & drink from 6:20 until the Honkers score a run –Listen to ON PRESS ROW with the Sports Guy on NEWS TALK 1540 AM to win tickets

 

Radio Coverage

Listen for the Bucks on 1650 The Fan for a play-by-play of tonight’s game with announcer Chris Kleinhans-Schulz.