Monday, July 26, 2010
Sam did 11 baseball games from Thursday through Yesterday at the Minster Tournament, I did 6 between Minster and the State ACME Tournament in Celina....but not without a rain maker moving through causing a delay in the final game Saturday at Celina. Garry and I finished that one up yesterday morning.
After working with Sam at the Pony Tournament games in Minster on Thursday and Friday, it was my turn to do games 3 and 4 of the ACME(Summer High School Varsity Baseball) State Championships:
With GM behind the plate we had a quick moving game in the heat and wind of the afternoon....1-0 Perrysburg with the lead over Lima Shawnee heading into the bottom of the 7th. The Jackets could have led by more, but a few scoring opportunities were left in the wind, and Shawnee then tied the game in the bottom of the 7th....an inning they, despite scoring the tying run, had two runners tossed out at the plate, costing the Indians a shot at winning. Perrysburg pushed across 3 runs in the top of the 10th to secure a 4-1 win. Thus the game that looked to be 90 minutes long, ending up being a 2 and 1/2 hour contest.
That extra length allowed a heavy rain making cold front to settle just north of Celina...lightning came as I went behind the plate...so I called time, and we delayed 45 minutes. 3 more starts and stops for either lighting or heavy rains, put us at 10:30pm and we killed the game in the bottom of the 1st with Napoleon leading Piqua 1-0. The postponement caused me to cancel my game at Minster in the morning, working with Sam...but they found a replacement, and Garry and I were back at the artifical turf at Eastview Park for a 10am resuming of the Piqua-Napoleon contest.
Despite another rain delay in the bottom of the 7th, we finally finished up at about Noon, with Napoleon holding on to a 7-5 victory, and moving on to the winner's bracket. 4 more games were played, with both Celina and Shawnee pulling out wins in the loser's brackets, and staying alive. Bellfontaine and Piqua were eliminated. With six teams left, two undefeated, the tournament resumes Tuesday, and will finish up Friday.
As for me and Sam, we will help out again this coming weekend with the Dale Harter Memorial Tournament in Celina, and then put away the umpire gear, and get ready for football officiating season to begin.
Celina Lake Festival wraps up_____