Monday, April 4, 2011
Down to the Final 2....Water Ball Today?
A Wet Season Continues____
Despite cold and sometimes wet weather last week, I still managed to umpire 6 of my 7 scheduled games....this week I might not be so lucky...starting with today's contest at Delphos.
Friday night when I left Celina about 4:10pm for a varsity game at Fort Recovery, it was partly sunny and about 53 degrees...not great, but not bad for a baseball day. By the time I arrived at the Fort diamond, some 22 miles south and west of Celina, the temp had dropped to 47 on the inside digital in the Intrepid...and a few sprinkles dotted the windshield. Things would go downhill from there.
On Saturday morning, the skies dawned cloudy, with a continued strong wing accompanying cooler temperatures. Sam was schedule to work with Garry back at Fort Recovery for a double header...so he had to make the 100 mile each way trip. Meanwhile I had taken a rare JV date in Celina....at least my games would be played on the artificial infield....both games, I did the plate in game #1, while my partner Dave, donned the gear for the second contest. It was comfortable behind the plate with the gear on, or if the sun was shinning without the equipment on...the second game I had neither. Greenville defeated the JV Bulldogs in both games, meanwhile south some 30 miles in Darke County, Celina's varsity were paying the Greeville Green Wave team in kind, taking both ends of the double header to move to 5-1 on the young season.
If we do get washed out, as expected, tonight...guess I will head for our final rules meeting at Indian Lake High School...what the heck? I have more than enough of the required meetings in...but my southwest association always puts on a good feed for the final meeting, so away we will go...why not?
Photos-Butler's Bulldogs try to end up Champions tonight, after coming in 2nd last year....Sam Houseworth working the plate, and all to often High School Baseball is confronted with fields looking like the one shown here...April is a wet month most years. And the Reds start the season with 3 straight wins....