Opening Day

There’s just something about those words that warm the cockles of my heart.  Whether it’s the big boys on the main stage or down in the little leagues, it is a truly special day.

Today is Opening Day all around the state for high school baseball and softball.  My team, Hale-Ray, opens at home against Shoreline Conference foe Old Saybrook.  Our kids are chomping at the bit to get out and play a meaningful game.  This has been such a dis-jointed preseason.  We really haven’t got into a good rhythm until this past week.  Luckily for us, we got at least one scrimmage in.

How do we look for the year?  Well, that depends on the day.  We graduated our winningest class ever last year and we have some big shoes to fill.  We have to replace a 1st team center fielder and lead-off hitter and a conference POY catcher.  Along with an honorable mention 3B and pitcher also leaving, a lot falls on some unproven, yet talented kids. 

Our pitching should keep us in every game.  Our defense will be solid but our hitting is a huge question mark.  We only have three guys coming back with extended experience.  We have a new starter at C, 2B, 3B, SS, and all three OF spots.  Last years SS is our new catcher(his normal position) and we do bring back our top two pitchers from last years 12-9 team. 

I really like our team.  I like the fact that no one is giving us much of a shot.  That’s how we like it.  Our conference has, without a doubt, the best small school baseball in the state.  No game is a gimme and any team can win on any given afternoon.  Really can’t wait till 4pm today.

On a side note, if you have the chance and the time, go out to your local high school and watch these athletes.  There is nothing like going to support these kids that not only represent their school, but also their town.  Athletics are vital to their growth and it seems that is always one of the first things to be cut during the budget process.  Go give the games a shot and you’ll see how good some of these kids are and that sports are a necessity.  It also makes ’em feel good when not just their parents and friends but also random town residents come out to watch.

PLAY BALL and GO NOISES!!!!!!!!!!!

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One Response to “Opening Day”

  1. Another great read! Go Noises!!!!

    Today’s Hartford Courant and Middletown Press both evaluate the high school baseball teams, you can read both articles on line.

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