The Major League Baseball season may have started two months ago, but it is today that the local Boys of Summer will take the field for the first time.
Both the Twins in the American Legion League and the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League start their seasons here at home today.
The Twins are made up exclusively of teenagers though several are already out of high school with at least one having played college baseball this season. They open with a doubleheader at noon against Bartlett at the Kenai Little League Fields.
Later, the Peninsula Oilers will face the Anchorage Bucs in the first of a marathon six-game series that includes a double-header on Sunday.
This is the Oiler's 45th year in the independent minor league ABL, and have 46 regular season games scheduled. Last year the hometown nine finished just below .500 at 20-and-26, but managed to make the playoffs on the last day of the regular season before being bumped in two straight games.
The weather forecast for tonight's game is calling for cool south to southwest winds to be blowing in from the Kenai River Flats beyond the outfield and temperatures cooling from the mid-50s during the day. As is usual in early-season games, it could get chilly in the grandstands, especially without the roof over it that blew off in a wind storm a few years ago.
The first pitch tonight at Coral Seymour Park is at 7.