Tonight was an amazing night at the ballpark. Let me first start by saying that I was unable to be at the ballpark last night due to a prior obligation for the Jamestown Newspaper. I also photograph and cover High School games and other events around the area. This one in particular was a Varsity Baseball game hosted by Ragsdale High School against the cowboys of Southwest. The VS-CANCER FOUNDATION is a foundation that uses the platform of sports to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Between the two high schools, they raised over 10,000 dollars! Amazing what can happen when a bunch of high school kids rally around a cause. I was thoroughly impressed with not only the heart and passion of the team as a team, but at the end of the game, every player shaved their heads in honor of the awareness raised that night. Last night, life was just a little bigger than baseball.
Once you walk into the ballpark, there are several things different this year. First of all, Taylor Made Kettle Corn is no longer there. Which to those that know Greg and I personally, this is a big blow. We were both disappointed opening night that Pat wasn’t out there with his kettle corn. Chick-Fil-A is also no longer there. I will miss the Chick-Fil-A double plays, as that was a big part of my diet last season. At first, I was a little disappointed to see that there is now a Pita Delite in the ballpark. How is Pita Delite going to work amongst the Hot Dogs, Nachos, and BBQ? Then I saw the steak and cheese’s… I’m now very happy there is a Pita Delite there now! To us season ticket holders, it gets mundane eating hot dogs every night. And Papa John’s now sponsors the Greensborosports.com K zone. Every game they issue a promo code for discounts for Papa John’s pizza based on the number of strikeouts. Shanna and I had dinner the other night 50% off!
Onto tonight’s game…. The Hoppers shut out the last place Lakewood Blueclaws 8-0. Tony Caldwell hit the grasshoppers first home run out of New Bridge Bank Park this season! The Hoppers runs came in spurts and Austin Brice was slinging fire tonight. Austin Brice threw 5 innings, allowed 2 hits, and slung 4 strikeouts. Tonights pitching staff only saw 4 hits total from the Blueclaws!
Spotlight player of the night definately goes to Tony Caldwell. Tony had four at bats, hitting in three of them. He was only a triple away from completely a cycle tonight; having a single, double, and a home run.
With this win tonight, the Hoppers move to 7-3 on the season. They are currently undefeated at home with a record of 3-0. The Hoppers intend on keeping the first place seat warm, but the Shorebirds are knocking on that door.
With an on-feild temperature of 75 degrees, it was definately A GREAT NIGHT TO BE A HOPPER!
(Photo Credit: Jordan Stowe)