(NORTH LITTLE ROCK) The Arkansas Travelers have returned, starting their 54th consecutive season in the Texas League. And while the Travs are now the oldest team in the league they will be guided by the youngest manager in the league — 34-year-old Mitch Canham.
The Travs played their first seven games on the road, winning three of four games at Tulsa and sweeping a three-game series at Northwest Arkansas. It’s the best start for the Travs since 2015 and it has made some Travs fans optimistic for the rest of the season.
With the season home opener on Thursday night against the Tulsa Drillers, Jake Fraley belted a three-run home run and the Arkansas Travelers held off the Tulsa Drillers 9-8 Thursday night in front of 4,036 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.
In its home opener Thursday, Arkansas (7-1) made the most of eight hits and took advantage of Tulsa’s wildness to claim its fourth consecutive victory. Five Drillers pitchers walked a combined six batters and hit two more on a cloudy, windy evening.