A league realignment brings a new challenge to the defending Langsdorf League champion Sheboygan A’s who announced their 2015 schedule today.
And once again the A’s home opener will be accompanied by the aroma of bratwurst smoke created by the Project G.R.I.L.L. teams whose unveiling and judging program will take place at Wildwood Baseball Park prior to the game.
The big day is Friday, May 29, when the West Allis Nationals invade for a 7:30 p.m. game that follows the late-afternoon Project G.R. I.L.L. activities.
This season finds another change in league affiliation for the A’s. The exit of Eau Claire left the Wisconsin State League with but five members and the departure of Burlington and Genoa City left the Langsdorf League with five as well. After several winter negotiation meetings the two leagues worked out a merger that accommodated the desires of both.
The Wisconsin State League teams wanted a 28 game schedule and the Langsdorf teams helped them build it. The Langsdorf League teams wanted a championship playoff and the Wisconsin State League teams accommodated that wish.
What appears to be a hodgepodge schedule has given the five holdover Wisconsin State League teams the 28 games they wanted and has provided the holdover Langsdorf teams and new teams, which, because of commitments to other leagues or for other reasons, couldn’t handle 28 games, a 17 game schedule with a playoff at the end.
The Wisconsin State League will now be divided into two divisions – North: Oshkosh, Sheboygan, West Allis and newcomer West Bend; and South: Addison, Kenosha, Lombard and Northern Illinois. Each team will play three games within its division and two against the teams in the other division for the 17-game playoff qualifying season. On the weekend of July 24-26 the two divisional leaders will play for the championship in a best-of-three series, while the second and third place teams will play for the consolation championship.
Two sets of standings will be kept—one for the 17-game season and one for the 28-game season.
Former Langsdorf Commissioner Steve Elliott, State League Commissioner Tony Gerharz and State League Executive Secretary Denny Moyer will serve as the league’s administrative team.
Further entanglement has been supplied by Pewaukee, a powerhouse in the Land o Lakes league in recent years, which was looking for more games and will play some of the old Langsdorf League teams. That grouping is tentatively being called the Langsdorf Night League.
The A’s will also continue to compete in the strong Northeastern Wisconsin League.
The A’s open at West Bend on May 27 before the Project G.R. I.L.L. home opener. The Wisconsin State League Round Challenge will be held here on July 10-12, Wisconsin State League playoffs are July 24-26 and the Northeastern Wisconsin League Playoffs the week of Aug 2-8.
While a number of promotional and special nights have yet to be scheduled, some of the more popular nights already in the books are Plymouth Dirt Track Night June 9, Hall of Fame Night June 13 (Dave Moyer will join the Hall that night), Bud Light Night June 19 and Sheboygan Falls Night June 24.
The Sheboygan A's are members of the Wisconsin State League and Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League. The A's have helped develop more than 41 players that have reached professional baseball, including 2002 World Series Champion Jarrod Washburn (Anaheim Angels). All Sheboygan A's home games are played at Wildwood Baseball Park in Sheboygan. Connect with the A's on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.comments powered by Disqus