CornBelters fans, are you ready for some baseball?
On December 13th, in conjunction with the Prospect League, the CornBelters debuted their 2023 team schedule. Next summer’s slate of games for the CornBelters will feature both renewed rivalries from previous seasons and new opponents dictated by a move to the Eastern Conference, including the Champion City Kings and the defending champion Chillicothe Paints. With 29 total home games (across 23 dates) and 58 total regular season games, this year’s schedule will give the team a bit more rest than last year’s squad enjoyed on a run to the Prospect League Playoffs.
Much like last summer’s schedule, the ‘Belters will face an away-heavy first month capped by a four-game road trip from June 14-17. If the team can battle to the top of the Wabash River Division standings in the first half, they will have the chance to clinch a home playoff game by the end of June with a big home matchup against the Pistol Shrimp. While the first half of the season will test the ‘Belters’ ability to win in hostile environments, the second half is defined by playoff push, kicked off with a five-game homestand from July 16-21. Fans at the Corn Crib will play a pivotal role in the team’s success as 11 of the final 18 games will take place on home turf.
The ‘Belters’ most common opponent next season will be the division-rival Springfield Lucky Horseshoes, who will play the team a total of seven times. In fact, the CornBelters’ home opener on Friday, June 2nd will be the first of three times that Springfield makes the trip to the Corn Crib. In addition to the ‘Shoes, the remaining Wabash River Division slate will include 6 matchups with the Dansville Dans and 5 against the Terre Haute REX.
Outside of the division, CornBelters fans can see returning rivals such as the Clinton LumberKings (July 8th and July 11th), Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp (June 4th and June 30th), and Burlington Bees (July 16th.) Last year’s divisional playoff opponent, the Quincy Gems, will make their anticipated return to the Corn Crib on Saturday, June 10th for a playoff rematch. In total, fans will get a chance to watch 11 different Prospect League visitors face off against the CornBelters at home throughout the season.
To see a full list of game dates at the Corn Crib this summer, including both CornBelters home games and Kernels Collegiate League doubleheaders, check out the Corn Crib Schedule in the schedule tab above. Next up will be the much-anticipated launch of the 2023 Promotional Schedule and ticket packages!