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Starfires welcome new teams, announce 2021 schedule

The Westfield Starfires have announced the release of the 2021 FCBL schedule while also welcoming the Vermont Lake Monsters and Norwich Sea Unicorns to the league.

The Starfires will open the season on Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. against the Lake Monsters at historic Billy Bullens Field.

The entire schedule is available at westfieldstarfires.com. Single game tickets and season memberships are on sale now.

The Sea Unicorns, whose home is Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, Conn., have joined the FCBL for its 11th season of New England summer collegiate action. The team previously played in the Short Season Class A New York-Penn League, serving as a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers since 2010.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Norwich Sea Unicorns to the Futures League as our eighth team and look forward to showcasing our fun, exciting brand of baseball in a new area in southeast Connecticut,” FCBL Commissioner Joe Paolucci said. “Bringing in another former minor league organization and facility is outstanding for our league. We can’t wait to continue providing high-quality baseball to a great New England community for years to come.”

Norwich is the second former affiliated ballclub to join the FCBL for the 2021 season after the Vermont Lake Monsters made the move in February. The Sea Unicorns are also the fourth new franchise to join the league over the last three seasons. 

Founded in 2011, the FCBL is a wood-bat league featuring top collegiate baseball players from New England and throughout the country. More than two million fans have attended FCBL games since the league was established. On the field, over 200 alumni have been drafted by or signed with Major League Baseball organizations and six have advanced all the way to “The Show” including three during the first month of the 2021 season.

 



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