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South Coast League down to four teams

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February 24, 2008

Albany -- The South Georgia Peanuts will see even less competition in the South Coast League this season, as the SCL has announced it will contract from six to four teams in 2008.

The Peanuts will be joined by holdovers Macon, Aiken, and Anderson.

Charlotte County's stadium is being renovated for the Tampa Bay Rays spring training, and will not be ready in time for the start of the season.

An expansion team in Jackson, Mississippi was set to replace the Bradenton Juice, but their entry into the league has been postponed until next year.

The South Coast League announced in a press release Sunday it plans to expand to eight teams in 2009.

The SCL playoffs will have a different look this year.

Last season, the first-half champs battled the second-half winners in a three-game series.

This year, everybody is in.

There will be a four-team double-elimination tournament, with seeding determined by regular season record.

All the tournament games will be played in Macon.

The Music and Peanuts will also be involved in an interesting double header June 14th, splitting a day-night match-up between the two cities.

It's an 84-game schedule this year, meaning each team will play the others 28 times, and begins May 15th with South Georgia at Macon.

The Peanuts will hold a tryout April 12th at Paul Eames Park.

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