A rematch of last year’s championship game will start the 24th season of the Kings County Baseball League.
The defending champion Peakes Bombers host the Stratford Athletics Sunday at 2 p.m. in Peakes. The Bombers won the best-of-seven series 4-2.
Last year’s league MVP Colin Myers and pitchers Robbie Phelan and playoff MVP Josh Coffin are all returning for the champs.
The Athletics have most of their team back, including Randy Taylor, Shawn MacDougall and Corey Dougay.
Sunday will be a busy day with four games in the 10-team league.
The league’s new entry, the Freetown Mets, play their first game Sunday at 4 p.m. in Peakes against the Peakes Tee Sluggers.
The Met are comprised of mostly overaged juniors. Two players with limited KCBL experience, Jordan Stevenson and Dylan MacQuaid, should lead the charge.
The Sluggers have coaches Kevin Ryan and Scott Power with arguably the league’s best player in Dillon Doucette.
In Morell at 2 p.m., the Charlottetown Jays visit the Morell Chevies.
The Chevies bring back talented players such as Desi Doyle, Jarrod Laybolt and the old rubber man himself Quen Johnston, who played in this league back in its inaugural season as a teenager back in 1991. Kris O’Brien returns for his 23rd year for the Jays.
At 4 p.m. in Morell, the Northside Brewers host Paderno Pirates.
Jason Maclean and D.J. Dunn lead a number of Pirates’ returnees while Bobby Hughes returns as coach.
The Cornwall Mud Hens open their season on Tuesday when they host the Chevies at 6:30 p.m. The Mud Hens, who play their home games in Morell, have Tyler Johnston back and Andrew Hughes on its rosters. Hughes has a couple of first cousins who have shone in this league, including Johnston and Nial Hughes.
The P.E.I. Youth Selects will play each team once for a total of nine games.