It's blazing hot outside. Ask the Charleston Fighting Squirrels. They battled the heat and Galena, Kansas for three consecutive days to earn a berth in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series in Ohio. With gas prices soaring all over the country, I thought it'd be a good question for parents hanging around during the celebration, that being 'How bad are the gas prices going to be on you all driving to Ohio?' The answer made me just a tad nauseous in the heat, so I won't share.
Congrats to Coach Minner and your squad. You guys have made Missouri proud and I'm sure you'll represent well in Newark. Have fun in the 'city.'
Hillhouse Park was pretty electric for 100-plus degree heat and a Tuesday afternoon. I had the pleasure of hanging out in the newly constructed press box, correction, air-conditioned press box. The 'Nuts' as they are commonly referred to, played their hearts out as they downed a difficult Kansas bunch headlined by Mr. Rubber Arm Dakota Walker, who, brace yourself, threw over 250 pitches in just three days. The kid called it 'scary' that his arm didn't feel sore. I call it 'scary' that he was allowed to throw over 150 pitches total in the entire tourney.
The kid was pretty phenomenal though, despite pitching a week's worth of innings. He was a stud on the mound and probably even more so at the dish, and get this, he's not planning on playing college baseball. He's chosen to serve our country after he graduates. Hats off to you Walker.
The tourney was a joy to attend. The field was immaculate and the flow of games was quite impressive. Add to that the nicely air-conditioned press box and the free hats given to the news room from Minner and I'm content. Hopefully the Squirrels will have a good showing in Ohio and it'd be great if they brought home a title. Good luck fellas.
In other news...
Izzy is back as the 'closer.' Enough said. Look for the Yankees hat for a few more days. Sorry in advance.
Brett Favre is still causing a stink with the Packers. I, for one, am a fan of No. 4, but this stuff is starting to wear on me like a bad toupee. Hopefully today will mark the end of the Favre saga that has become like daytime soaps on my XM radio.
To the community...
It'd be great to see a good crowd for the Sikeston 13-year-old Junior Babe Ruth squad as they host the Midwest Plains Regional at VFW Stadium beginning Friday morning. A steady crew has been slaving in the diamond dust to get VFW Stadium in shape for the regional tourney and as a former participant of the tournament back in the good old days, it's uplifting for the kids to see familiar faces. Our familiar faces drove roughly an hour away from Canada to watch us play ball, I'm sure a five minute drive won't cost too much. If all else fails, hop on the 10-speed and get a work-out. I'll honk as I pass.
Football is just around the bend, but there's still plenty of baseball left to see. Sikeston's first game is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Other than that, pick your flavor in the majors and I'll catch up with you next week.