Steady, heavy rain late Saturday afternoon forced the suspension of the second day of play in the Pittsburg Legion/Fort Scott CC Classic at JayCee Ballpark.
Pittsburg Post 64 was scheduled to play the late game Saturday night against the Andover Trojans and the early game this morning against the Neosho Wildcats. Now, weather permitting, Post 64 will play a 6:45 p.m. game tonight against Neosho.
JayCee Ballpark was recently flooded in the outfield (especially in right field) and the first base dugout, forcing the traditional season-opening Wood Bat Tournament to be rescheduled and moved across state lines to Neosho, Mo., where Post 64 played Sunday games against Kickapoo and Carthage.
Post 64 enters today with a 5-3-1 overall record after eking out a 6-5 win over the Mount Vernon 39ers and ending in a 3-all stalemate with Kansas Crush Elite on Friday.
On Tuesday, Post 64 will be leaving for the Decker Sports CWS Tournament with play starting Wednesday at Omaha Westside HS.
Post 64 plays games against Westside, Putnam City North HS (Oklahoma City), the Riverbandits (Napoleon, Ohio), the Keybirds (Williston, N.D.) and St. Mary’s HS (Colorado Springs), teams each from different states.
The players will have a chance to take in the College World Series during its stay, a great opportunity for any baseball fan. Hopefully, they’ll make a little time for the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
• Pittsburg native and St. Mary’s Colgan graduate Sam Gilbert plays summer baseball for the Madisonville (Ky.) Tradewater Pirates of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League.
Through statistics of eight games played and 13 official at-bats, Gilbert batted .231 with one run scored and one RBI.
The Ohio Valley also features the Owensboro Oilers, the Dubois County Bombers, the Hopkinsville Hoptown Hoppers, the Fulton Railroaders and the Marion Bobcats — the Tradewater Pirates posted a 7-4 record (.636 winning percentage), good for first place entering Saturday.
Five of the six teams are from Kentucky with only Dubois County in Indiana.
Madisonville, named after James Madison and given the nickname “Best Town on Earth,” is a town of approximately 19,000 people located along US 41 (namedropped in the Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man” with a birth taking place in the back seat of a Greyhound bus) and the Pennyrile Parkway. It’s between 450-525 miles from Pittsburg to Madisonville depending on route.
• Since his early four RBI game heroics this summer, Colgan graduate and Terre Haute Rex catcher Nate Arnold has cooled down to a .226 batting average with no homers, four runs scored and five RBI in the Prospects League. On the mound, Arnold owns a 3.37 ERA after 2.2 innings pitched against Hannibal and Danville.
Seven Rex alums were selected in the recent MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Plus, all basketball junkies remember Larry Bird played his college basketball for the Indiana State Sycamores in Terre Haute.
Page 2 of 2 - • Kansas City Royals prospect Bubba Starling, who underwent Lasik eye surgery in May, owns a .197 batting average with seven home runs and 28 RBI for the Class A Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League. Starling played his final high school baseball game against Pittsburg at JayCee Ballpark, where he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against Jordan Elliott.
• Speaking of the Royals, sometimes it’s more fun following the reactions of Royals fans on Twitter and Facebook than it is actually following the Royals themselves. The highs and the lows, the angst and the anger, et cetera, in Royals Nation.
Two losses to the Chicago White Sox to start the season, then six of the next seven games were wins over the White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Minnesota Twins for a 6-3 record, then nine wins in the month of May and finally, nine wins over their last 11 contests which have the Royals two games under .500 (32-34) at Father’s Day and not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, 5 1/2 games behind the first place Detroit Tigers.
• Fort Scott native (1998 graduate) and Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche owned a .245 batting average with 10 home runs and 30 RBI after 63 games, on pace for 26 homers and 77 RBI.
LaRoche averages 27 homers and 93 RBI over a 162-game season with his career high in homers (33) achieved and his career high in RBI (100) matched last year, a season where he won both Silver Slugger and Gold Glove honors and finished sixth in the National League MVP race.
Younger brother Andy LaRoche, out of the majors in 2012, was recently promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays’ big club from Buffalo (AAA). LaRoche batted .282 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 49 games for the Bisons. He’s expected to find time at third base along with Mark DeRosa and Maicer Izturis.
LaRoche last played in the majors in 2011 for the Oakland Athletics, his third team after stops in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.