Sunny today about 78 and just a chance of a thunderstorm in west central Ohio. Yesterday I made the 50 minute drive north and a little east to Putnam County and got to umpire the first game ever played at the Ottoville High School's new baseball diamond. Behind the plate I see the home town "Big Green" score 7 runs in the bottom of the first, get perfect game pitching into the 5th from their senior starter on the mound, and go on to beat Leipsic by a final count of 10-3.
The new park is layed out behind the school and abuts a large field....it takes many years for a ball park to get "character", and this one will...it's a great facility. The old diamond located across the creek near the church at the local park had all the character one would want, but it also had no fence and a pea gravel diamond......those type playing surfaces are going the way of the dinosaur, and I believe Fort Jennings may have the only one left in that league.
Anyway great new place, congrats to the fans and folks at Ottoville.
Got home about 8pm and watched the 7th game of the first round between the Flyers and Washington Capitals....I had pretty much given up on Philly after they left the Caps back in the series, after blowing a 3 games to 1 lead....ye of little faith.....Joffery Lupac 6 minutes into the Overtime sends the Washington fans home blue, by scoring on his own rebound shot.....Philly moves on to face the Canadians in Montreal on Thursday......the underdogs, we will see how the young Flyers match up against the even younger Habs.
Out to mow the yard...game at Lincolnview this afternoon....Back Later>>>>>>>>>
photos-Joffery Lupac scores the winner in O.T./And a few views of the new Ottoville, Ohio, baseball diamond.