Biggest impact memory outside of the action on the field was the game on Tuesday night at Northeast Guilford….Kudos again to the NEG staff and coaches, for the work they did to get the baseball field at Northeast ready, to play on that night…..It had rained all over the place, all day long and NEG had the mound covered until just before game time and even though the rains came down Hicone Road, near NEG again about one hour before the first pitch, NEG’s grounds crew(coaching staff) didn’t flinch and they were ready for baseball at 7pm….
The real impact other than the baseball game itself, was the Western Alamance team and their backup catcher, warming up the pitcher between innings without a catcher’s mask, in fact the catcher warming up the pithcher for Western Alamance, had on no equipment whatsoever and the home plate umpire was standing right beside him watching….
That’s very dangerous, after some of the stories we have heard of this spring, with coaches getting hit by pitcher’s pitches and the increased chances of injury, when there is no protective gear in sight…..
The case we heard the most from, back in the early spring, was dealing with a coach catching a middle school pitcher in practice, and the coach was not wearing gear….(No catcher’s mask and the coach ended up with a broken nose…..)
The regular game catcher for Western Alamance had all of his gear on, but the catcher that caught him up between innings had no gear on, not even a catcher’s mask and the ump was right there on it and did say anything, while I was observing….
To the credit of the Northeast Guilford Rams and their coaching staff and players, their warmup catcher was wearing full-gear, when he came out to catch NEG starting pitcher Harrison Phillips, between innings….NEG had all their bases covered, cause their warmup catcher was covered with equipment, from head-to-toe…..NEG was on their game and their warmup catcher had on the catcher’s mask, the chest protector, the shin guards and the full-gear….
Catch at your own risks in some circles is still the motto, or credo of the day….
I had dinner with The Bears last night….At the South Elm-Eugene McDonalds, of all places….This is a Johnny Tart Enterprises owned business and I stopped in for the Free Wi-Fi after the Southeast Guilford-West Forsyth game and as I was typing up the game re-count, the Grays Creek Bears girls softball team came rolling in…..
The Bears(8-4) had just dropped their game to the Ledford Panthers, at Ledford 14-1, and the Grays Creek Bears were on their way headed back toward Fayetteville, as they stopped in for their post-game meal…..The Bears lost last night, but they have a young team with 7 freshmen, 4 sophomores, two juniors and maybe one senior….The Bears were chomping down on more than just the casual Johnny Tart McDonald’s porridge(oatmeal); the young softball players were eating up the dollar menu and more, plus The Bears said they loved those Value Meals…
Dinner with “The Three Bears”, and several more Bears from Gray’s Creek to be exact, and the busload of Bears were through with their meals and on their way back down Highway 421 South in no time at all….The Ledford Panthers will meet Western Alamance(24-2) in the next round of the girl’s NCHSAA softball…..
Good fortunes to The Bears and to the catcher with no equipment……