The lights will be on and the fireworks will be booming Thursday night as the Coastal Bend Thunder kicks off its second season at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown.

The team will be working to follow up on an inaugural season that saw them go 39-40, with a playoff appearance.

"Dirty" Al Gallagher, the team's manager, said the first season was a good start for the franchise.

"Baseball is a team sport, and the coordination of 21 individuals takes time," Gallagher said. "The chemistry is so, so important, and I don't think we had really good chemistry until the last three weeks. And then all of the sudden they started playing really good baseball, and really believing they were a championship team."

And with several of those players returning this year, Gallagher said that chemistry should stay intact.

Among those returning are former Ray High School standout Toro Trevino and former Incarnate Word High School player Raul Trevino.

Also returning is former Ray High School player J.J. Trujillo, who pitched for the San Diego Padres in 2002.

"JJ. Trujillo played in the big leagues for the San Diego Padres. We just signed him the other day, he's going to be our pitching coach," Gallagher said. "We're really excited about having a quality guy who has some big league experience."

Other returning players include Dustin Smith, son of hall of fame player Ozzie Smith, and Manny Mejia, who was MVP in 2009.

The team opens the season Thursday against the Edinburg Roadrunners, and the night will feature live music, fireworks and $1 beer.

Live music will continue on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the season. The team has also planned community nights, and has several events geared for families.

"At baseball games you can talk. It's not like going to a movie or some other function where you would bother people - you can actually talk," Gallagher said. "We want people to have fun and enjoy themselves and just have a great family time."