“This would be the ideal town for weather bureau headquarters. It would take an army of clerks to keep account of the rise and fall in the temperature alone. … No one would be surprised upon awakening tomorrow to find that the north pole had suddenly located here or that we had moved during the night to the tropical zone. Most anything can be accomplished overnight in the town of Charlottesville.” ~ The Washington Post, March 6, 1915
College baseball fans know the deal. There is little room in a tight collegiate season for rain delays. And, there is no room at all for cancelled games.
While big leaguers unroll the tarps at the first rain shower, college players soldier on.
Matt Thaiss, Catcher.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons came to Charlottesville this weekend to play a Friday/Saturday/Sunday series against the University of Virginia Cavaliers.
But, with the promise of rain and snow and wind and cold, things required a bit of shuffling. Keep up with me here.
Ernie Clement, Second Base.
Friday evenings’s game was moved to Friday afternoon. Sunday’s game was moved to Friday night. Saturday afternoon’s game was moved to Saturday morning.
(This is why I can already tell you that UVA won tomorrow’s game. Blows your mind, doesn’t it?)
So through Friday’s springtime sun, a chilly evening, and then morning cold, followed by colder cold, coupled with rain and then more rain and then relentless cold rain, there was 10 hours of baseball to play.
There’s this thing I’ve noticed at college games. There are shamers scattered around the park. If you leave early or miss a game for whatever reason, the shamers take note. They will mention it to you. “Leaving already?” “Too cold for you?” “Missed you yesterday.”
Just for the record, we were there for all 10 hours. Take that, shamers.
If a shamer ever says to me, “Missed you yesterday,” I’m going to quiver my lip and say, “My dad died.” That should pipe them down. And, it’s not like I’m lying, because he did. (Ten years ago.)
UVA won the Friday and Sunday games – which were Friday’s double-header which began in warm, 60-ish sunshine at 3:30 p.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m. when it was dark and barely hanging onto to 50.
Saturday’s game, which Wake won, was pushed to morning to beat the rain and the snow in the forecast, which it nearly did.
It was in the low 40s on Saturday and you know what that means …
Free Hot Chocolate!
10 hours. 3 games.
6 sacrifice bunts. Including this one …
And, this one …
One 9-for-13 series for UVA centerfielder Adam Hasley.
Adam Hasley, 9-for-13 (.692) over the three games, including 2 triples and 3 doubles.
31 total runs. Including this one …
(You’ll have to trust me on this.)
And, one umpire’s balk conference.
And, about that hot chocolate …
Yeh, it might have been two.
UVA takes two of the three games from Wake Forest.
Photos: Wake Forest at University of Virginia. Davenport Field, Charlottesville, Virginia. March 18 and 19, 2016. © The Baseball Bloggess
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