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Smokies to host Appalachian League game Aug. 4th

(Tennessee Smokies) The Smokies have announced that Smokies Stadium will host the Appalachian League game between the Greeneville Reds and the Johnson City Cardinals on August 4, 2018. The game, originally scheduled in Greeneville, will instead be hosted by the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium in Kodak as the first ever “Boyd Sports Family Reunion.”

“We are extremely excited to involve all three Boyd Sports teams for this game,” stated Boyd Sports President and COO Chris Allen. “We are thrilled to be able to allow fans from all three teams to be able to experience this Boyd Sports “family reunion” at Smokies Stadium. We couldn’t be more proud to operate these three teams, and to be able to have all three teams involved in one day is going to make for a special experience.”

Boyd Sports took over management of the Greeneville Reds leading into the 2018 season, expanding the Boyd Sports family to three including the Tennessee Smokies and the Johnson City Cardinals, as well as the Reds.  After acquiring the Tennessee Smokies in 2013, the company is now in its third season of operating the Johnson City Cardinals.

The Appalachian League of Professional Baseball is a Rookie-class Minor League Baseball league. Teams that are a part of the Appalachian League tend to see some of the top draft picks from the MLB draft appear on their roster on their way to the Major League club.

The Greeneville Reds will play the game as the home team. First pitch for the contest will be at 7:00 PM, and gates will open at 5:30 PM. Fans will be able to enjoy autographs from both the Johnson City Cardinals and the Greeneville Reds prior to the game. There will be post-game fireworks following the game.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. (https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=261811#.Wz82NPlKjcu) Season ticket holders for the Greeneville Reds, Johnson City Cardinals, and the Tennessee Smokies will all be able enjoy the game for free.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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