NORTH AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Augusta GreenJackets hosted the Greensboro Grasshoppers for their 2019 season home opener at SRP Park. The team won the game with a score of 5-4.
The season started on the road with 11 days of travel, playing three different teams. After those games, they held a 4 and 5 record. Rylan Kobre with the GreenJackets said, "It was kind of inconsistent. You didn’t know what you were going to get, and I think that’s because you didn’t get to play any games at home and kind of get to know each other. Our guys, some of them, are still starting to meet each other.”
The team arrived back in North Augusta on Sunday, April 14. Before hitting the road, the team practiced together three times. Kobre said, "For our guys, it’s hard to get a feel for what our team is going to be when we’re on the road.” He said playing in front of fans on Monday, April 15, will give the GreenJackets some momentum needed to work out the kinks. Season ticket holder Mike Ciottarillo said, "It’s exciting. They’ll get their rhythm. It takes some time, but they’ll get it together.”
Seeing the GreenJackets take home the win on April 15 gives Ciottarillo hope for what he wants to see this season. He said, “(I want to) watch them go all the way. I want to see them win.” Ciottarillo said he’s are excited to figure out his favorite players, and enjoy the atmosphere with his family. “It’s a great stadium, it’s a great team, it’s a great town. This is hometown baseball at it’s best,” he said.
The GreenJackets have a long season ahead, with more home games the rest of the week. They play the Grasshoppers again on Tuesday, April 16.