BY GEORGE J. DACRE
The Rockland Boulders, Rockland’s only professional baseball team, will kick off their third season at Provident Bank Ballpark in Pomona May 16 against the Newark Bears. The 7 p.m. game will feature to-be-announced opening day activities.
The big news is the team will be without their manager for their first two seasons, Dave LaPoint. The former New York Yankee hurler’s contract expires this month was not renewed as owners decided they want to take a different direction. The Boulders will be playing a Canadian-American Association schedule and a crossover schedule of games with the Ameican Association. There will be 50 home games and 50 away games. The Boulders led the CanAm league with attendance of 161,375 last season.
The Boulders will face a newly formed franchise in the CanAm Association, Trois-Rivieres of Quebec, May 22, for a School Day special at 10:30 a.m. The club will play Can-Am rivals from Newark and four-time defending champions Quebec, in addition to hosting Amerrican Association teams like the defending champion Winnipeg Goldeyes, St. Paul, Minnesota Saints and Wichita Wingnuts.
The Boulders will travel to play the Fargo-Moorehead North Dakota RedHawks, Lincoln, Nebraska Saltdogs and Kansas City, Kansas, T-Bones.
There will be two seven-game homestands, July 14-20 and August 5-11, and Rockland will host holiday contests on Memorial Day, Independence Day and a regular season finale on Labor Day, September 2. The Boulders longest roadtrip will be August 12-21 for 10 games.