It’s probably wrong to admit this as the team’s beat writer, but I don’t look too far ahead in their schedule. I won’t tell you how far I don’t look ahead, but let’s just say that — wait, there’s a game tomorrow?? Just kidding.
But I examined the entire schedule just now and I must say it’s pretty strange. The winner of the American Association North Division will really have earned the title because the second half is heavy on intra-division games. In fact, the Wingnuts play their final 32 games against North Division opponents.
In fact, if you’re a Pensacola Pelicans fan here in Wichita, you better hope they play at Lincoln sometime, because they’re not coming here. At all. No visits by the Pelicans for the entire season and only one series against them overall — the first one of the second half.
Of the Wingnuts’48 games in the second half, 20 come against teams with “Sioux” in their city name. Wichita plays 11 games against Sioux Falls in the second half and nine against Sioux City.
Since Pensacola doesn’t travel to Wichita, are there any teams the Wingnuts don’t playÂ on the road this season? Just one — the Shreveport Sports. They play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium June 23-25, but there will be no return trip.
Finally, those looking for perhaps another bench-clearing brawl with the St. Paul Saints will have to wait awhile. The Saints don’t play in Wichita again until a four-game series starting on July 23. Wichita travels to St. Paul twice in the second half.