from Bill Hass with Bill on Baseball at www.gsohoppers.com:
Home sweet (and soggy) home
It rained like crazy much of the day and it rained even crazier into the night.
But in between, the storms stopped long enough for the Hoppers to beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 8-3 Monday at NewBridge Bank Park. The game was called after the top of the seventh inning when a combination of sheets of rain and sheets of lightning made further play impossible.
The result improved the Hoppers to 26-10 overall as they opened a six-game lead over Hickory and Hagerstown in the Northern Division of the SAL. It was also their 12th straight win at home, where they are 16-2 overall.
“There’s a great atmosphere here,” said first baseman Aaron Senne. “It’s a fun place to play and we take advantage of it.”
The seven previous Greensboro teams to play in this park never enjoyed the kind of success that this team is demonstrating. For Hoppers manager David Berg, everything begins with pitching, despite the cozy dimensions of the park.
“Our starters have been great,” he said. “That starts with Adam Conley and Jose Fernandez and the confidence they give everyone when they’re on the mound. Those guys don’t care if they’re pitching in a Little League park or in Miami. They’re not worried about the surroundings.”