Dropped balls at Second Base

After seeing the Jane W reminder in the comment box I went to see the NWG-Grimsley game out at Northwest last night.  The only problem is the News and Record had the game time listed as 7pm and the game began at 6pm so I got there in the top of the 5th inning.

The N&R has done it to us again.  They don’t want us at these games because Jim Young knows we will get more comments at our blog than he does over at his. They’re trying to kill us.  Jeff Carlton took a leave of abcense from the N&R because the pressure of trying to keep up with Greensborosports.com got to him.  We can not look back, Ed Cone will begin covering sports instead of politics and we will be out of business and we’ll have to get a real job driving Ed Hardin’s car to all the ACC luncheons.

Back to the baseball game.  The final was 6-3 with NWG beating Grimsley for the second time this season but the real story was what was going on out at second base?  There were two, count them two dropped balls by the man covering second for Northwest as the Grimsley player was going into the second base bag.  How long does the man taking the throw to complete the out have to hang on to the ball?  Again, how long did the NWG player have to hang on to the ball to complete the out?  In both cases he had it and then dropped the ball.

Grimsley coach Alan Ashkinazy went ballistic.  Alan’s first base coach ran all the way across the field.  They were in the umpires faces.  Grimsley outfielder Ken Daly’s dad chased the umpires to their cars demanding an explanation after the game.  I think Daly’s dad deserved to know something but the Umps had no line of reasoning.

Can anybody tell us what’s going on here?  How long does the ball have to held before it is an official out?  Is it left up to the umpire’s judgement?  If so these Umps missed at least one call.  If the defensive player has the ball and then drops it while in the process of stepping on the base is it still considered an out?  We need a ruling here?  Can we get some help?  Maybe long-time reader Justin Smith will check in and clear this up for us or maybe some of the rest of you readers have some thoughts about this one.

Clint Moore hit a home run for Grimsley over the fence in right field with nobody on and Clint pitched well for the Whirlies but I didn’t get there until the fifth inning thanks to Smith Barrier’s old buddies down at the News and Record.  Gabe Dimock, Ken Daly, and Cody Walker were putting the ball in play for Grimsley and sophomore Logan Self got the win for NWG and Big John Neese hit a three-run homer for Vikings, the second time he has done that this year to the Whirlies.

We’ll close this session out by saying, what about those dropped balls at second base and did you see any of the Braves-Marlins game on TBS Tuesday night?  There on national television was Bo Porter coaching third base for the Marlins and he was here in Greensboro only two years ago serving as the hitting coach for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  Steve Foster was there on TV too working as the Marlins bullpen coach and he was here at Greensboro’s First Horizon Park last year with the Hoppers as their pitching coach.

All of this brings us to the real question, what ever happened to Gary Tufford and Jason Arispe?