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THE TIMES, MARCH 22, 2018 PAGE 6 Times Sports Columnist John Dudek Ponchatoula: (985) 467-9525 www.PonchatoulaLawyer.tom (Photo Courtesy of Baby Cakes) I By JOEL RAY Times Sports Editor The New Orleans Baby Cakes will make a num- ber of improvements to the team's stadium, the Shrine on Airline, prior to the start of the Triple-A baseball season on April 5. Following the lead of Major League Baseball, the Baby Cakes will ex- tend the netting that protects fans seated be- hind home plate. The protective netting now reaches to the far end of each dugout. This way fans seated closest to the field in most sec- tions of the stadium will be protected from being hit by line drives and broken bats. Large cooling fans will be added to cool the con- course. There will also be an upgrade of the air- conditioning in the club areas. Stairwells and eleva- tors will be improved to correct issues with drainage during rain- storms. A mesh material has replaced the sheet : metal walls of the stair- [] wells to increase air- flow. Additionally, A new deck has been added to the Party Shack in the right field corner. On the baseball dia- mond, the infield has been resodded. their season on Thurs- day, April 5 against the Nashville Sounds. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Opening Night will in- clude a celebration of the franchise's 25 years in New Orleans. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a replica Baby Cakes jersey. After the game, there will be a fireworks show. Times Sports Editor Joel Ray is a member of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The Baby Cakes open Ponchatoula Tunes The Independence Times Publbhed by The Ponchetoula Times LLC. 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McMahon - Editor Joel Ray -- Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanohez-- Houston Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon -- Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon -- Detroit Bureau Chief Brendan McMahon -- New Orleans Bureau Chief Timea Columnists and Photographem Ole Hardhide The Alligator, John Dudek, Uncle Sam, John Johnson, John Beadle Parker Layrisson (Law),Jim Penin (History), Prof. Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. PhD (Health) Times On Wheels Columnists Bwan T. McMahon NEWS RELEASES & ADVER'rlSlNG e-mail (preferred) editor@ponchetouia.com ads@ponchatoula.com P.O. BOx 743, Ponchatouia, LA 70454-8743 We accept VISA~astercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatouia, Town of Independence, South Tangipahea Port Commission, Ponohat~la Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival MEMBER Louisiana Press Association HONORS Louisiana Press Ar~ Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gbbs Adams Award for Inves~gatJve Repoding, 14 Place Best Headline (Brooks O'Connor) Brown Pelican Award for Environmental RepoSing OFRCE HOURS Please call for Appoinlment (985) 386-2877 By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist With a little over ten games left to play, the NBA playoff picture is really starting to take shape. In the Eastern conference, the Toronto Raptors look to wrap up the number one overall seed with a solid finish to the regular season. The Boston Celtics are locked into the second seed, with the Cleveland Cavaliers pretty much all-but-guaranteed the third spot. Even though the Cavaliers are in the third spot, Cleveland is my slam dunk favorite to represent the Eastern conference in the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers started the season off rocky, after a failed experiment with point guard Isaiah Thom- as, who they promptly traded to the Los Ange- les Lakers. After replac- ing Thomas with former San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill, the Cava- liers have bounced back as a team, and mega star LeBron James is hitting his stride at the perfect time, Over in the Western conference, the Houston Rockets have officially taken over as the top team. The Golden State War- riors are still the prohibi- tive favorite, but a trio of their best players have been in and out of the lineup with injuries. If they get everybody back from the injury list in time for the second round of the playoffs, they have a shot to go deep in the postseason. One of the surprise teams of the season, are the Portland Trailblaz- ers. They are almost a lock for the third seed in the playoffs. After that, the fourth through eight spots are currently separated by just a single game. These next two weeks will go a long way in determining who plays who in the first first in rea ing)v= is read thep n 4,3'l(k t403(bl Rollo rs . All IRAs,ikl p. Ameripri , P'e.r mlize:l Investment Adv e 'e with Amber Na Thursday and Friday at 11am on 90.9fro round. Just a week ago, the I [ New Orleans Pelicans Tangi Meat Market OpenlsttwoSaturda softhe were in the fourth spot. I Ho : Mondey-Wednesday:9am-4pm, Thunday&Frk y:9am-Spm - I I 9.s.3~.31o4 I After a couple of tough I ***Callyourorderinaheadoftlmeandwecanhaveitreadyforyou. NoWaiUngll*** Lotsofotherltemstochoosefrom. I I s~ by and d~.d4 u, o.L I losses this past week, the,l All Rern$ below ~so sold Pelicans have tumbled all I 4 Pri~s SU~ to change at un~ime~ I $78 O0 tin S ec]al $39 OO the way down to the sev- .ooI : " "rn," : us. 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