A day after the Hickory Crawdads wrapped up the final homestand of the season, the team released its schedule for the 2022 season.
After the 2021 regular season was shortened to 120 games, the 2022 season is scheduled to return to a full 132-game slate in the High-A East League with 66 games at L.P. Frans Stadium.
As they did this year, the Crawdads will open on the road, this time in Winston-Salem against the Dash on Friday, April 8, to start a three-game series. The opening game at L.P. Frans is the following Tuesday, April 12, as the Crawdads start a six-game series against the Bowling Green (Kentucky) Hot Rods.
As in 2021, the majority of the series played will be six-game series. The exception will be the opening series against Winston-Salem and a series at Greensboro on July 22-24. That series will follow a four-day midseason break July 18-21.
The Crawdads season wraps up with a series at home against the Rome (Ga.) Braves on Sept. 6-11, one of two series at Hickory against the Atlanta Braves affiliate.
One team will make its initial trip to Hickory, as the Wilmington (Delaware) Blue Rocks — the Washington Nationals affiliate — will play at Hickory on July 12-17. Hickory also will take its first trip to Wilmington, as well as the initial trip to Hudson Valley, New York, to take on the New York Yankees affiliate.
The trips to Hudson Valley and Wilmington are a shift in road trips compared to the 2021 season, when the team played all but 18 games within a two-hour drive of L.P. Frans. Hickory also will visit Bowling Green twice, as well as road trips to Aberdeen, Maryland, and Rome, Georgia. Oddly, the Crawdads will play just three games at in-state rival Greensboro.
The Crawdads will spend July Fourth on the road at Bowling Green with the annual Independence Day fireworks likely scheduled at L.P. Frans on Sunday, July 3rd.
Game times will be announced later.