Some sports nights around here are a lot more entertaining than others. Wednesday was one such night. I'm glad I attended the Diamond Classic final at Olds Park because I like the way both teams play, Grand Ledge and DeWitt. Observations:
Oldsmobile Park is fan friendly in every way except the concessions stand-- two hot dogs and two sodas absolutely should not cost $15 and there is no good argument in the defense of such prices!
Some college better get on Grand Ledge junior Tony Wieber. He is easily the area player of the year. He has 72 runs batted in, 11 away from Drew Henson's all time state record for a single season set in 1998. I don't think Wieber will break it because he'll face good teams from here on out with few games remaining. And after his opening first inning double, DeWitt pitched around him the remainder of the night. You can't drive in runs when you walk.
Grand Ledge coach Pat O'Keefe is to be commended for his sportsmanship. He is never happy when he loses, rare as that is and his team is now 33-2 with the loss. But he went out of his way to retrieve the game ball and give it to DeWitt coach Mike Brya, who was touched by the gesture. O'Keefe was glowing in his praise for DeWitt in his post game interviews.
DeWitt had nine seniors on its roster. Even though the Panthers got off to a 4-0 deficit with no one out in the first inning they were mentally tough enough to ride it out and come back right away in the bottom half of the inning. DeWitt got solid relief pitching from junior Andy Rademacher. He'll be tough next season and so will junior Logan McAnallen and those two alone as the pitching staff's core will make DeWitt a very good team again next spring.
I don't know if Grand Ledge will win its Regional at home Saturday or not. Graduation is Friday night. The Comets might be a bit shaken and they only have five seniors on their roster. They face Portage Central, 33-3, at 12:30pm in their opening game and they'll have a real challenge getting past that game.
Oh yeah and then back in the office we all got to enjoy the end of the Stanley Cup game six in which the Red Wings won 3-2. What a night!