|Centenary vs. Dallas at Shehee Stadium.|
Alone with our beagle on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I decided to see if either college was playing baseball this afternoon, and in the end, our dog and I spent a fun afternoon at breezy Shehee Stadium, watching the Centenary Gents edge the University of Dallas 4-3 in the rubber game of a three-game SCAC series. Read on for a light-hearted look at the afternoon, complete with more photos:
|Standing along either foul line is a good vantage point.|
|Pitching changes could not|
keep my dog's attention.
There is no admission charge, but even so there were about 100 people there, and the quality of play was inconsistent. Yet I had a great time. Some of the game's unusual events included two successful pickoffs, repeated attempts at a fake-to-third-look-to-first move, and what seemed a very obvious make-up call at first base. I enjoyed hearing the Dallas coach yell, "That's not even a sign!" after a player apparently mis-read his third-base coach and tried to lay down a bunt. I enjoyed watching Centenary send three players after every foul ball that went out of play, as if hunting in packs made it safer. And I enjoyed picking up some of the players' personalities.
The Centenary catcher, Ryan Gaspora, stood out as my favorite player. He slugged a two-run homer from the left side in the bottom of the first, but I was entertained the rest of the game watching his furious head nods between every pitch, at the plate or behind it. Centenary righthander Cole Thompson stands 6-foot-6, but proved to have a kind of understated presence most of the day. He doesn't throw that hard, but he worked very quickly and kept the ball down. When he got a big strikeout to end the seventh inning and protect a 3-2 lead, however, he let out some emotion with a yell to his dugout.
|Walk-off wins never get old.|
|Jemari Jones had an afternoon|
It doesn't have the pressure, pageantry, or skill of Division I, but Shehee Stadium made for a fun afternoon on Sunday. Baseball is back!