As several scouts representing Major League Baseball teams packed in front of the press box at JayCee Ballpark, the announcement came that Thursday’s season-opening baseball game between Girard and Pittsburg was postponed.

As several scouts representing Major League Baseball teams packed in front of the press box at JayCee Ballpark, the announcement came that Thursday’s season-opening baseball game between Girard and Pittsburg was postponed.
This came after the game was moved from Girard’s Red Wutke Park because of a wet field.
The scouts, of course, were on-hand to see Girard pitcher Tanner Poppe — who has already verbally committed to the University of Kansas.
“Oh, I am sure we will get to see him again,” one scout said. “There will be plenty of opportunity to see him.”
At least eight scouts watched Poppe throw in the bullpen before the game was called off and were expecting him to start against the Dragons on Thursday but, Mother Nature had other plans as a steady rain forced game officials to call the game off.
“It was the right call,” said PHS head coach Mike Wilbert. “We don’t want to see kids get hurt out there.”
Not even Poppe was disappointed that he was not able to throw in front of the scouts that came to see him.
“It was not disappointing that they were here and I did not get to pitch,” said Poppe. “It gives me a little more time to get ready.”
In fact, both Wilbert and Girard head coach Keith Matlock said that while, they both would have rather played on Thursday, the extra time may be good for their squads.
“I told myself on Monday that we weren’t ready to play but, I got up today and said that we needed to get in some games,” Matlock said.
But, the rainout did not take away the frustration that most coaches have of not only not playing games, but also being forced to practice inside because of field conditions.
“Especially with the weather this week, the coaches and players are tired of being inside,” Matlock said. “It is time to get out and see what you’ve got.”
Even Poppe said that it was time to play, regardless of whether players are ready or not.Especially as a possible decision looms over the senior’s head as to go to Kansas or explore the possibility of being drafted into the Major Leagues.
“If I get drafted, that is just a bonus,” Poppe said. “I have a scholarship and that is something to fall back on.”
However, attending KU is still high on the right-hander’s priority list.
“I would have to get drafted pretty high up,” Poppe said. “College is very important to me.”
In regards to Poppe’s draft status, scouts were mum.
“He definitely has the stuff,” said one scout.
Even Wilbert said that the Dragons will still get their chance to see Poppe in action.
“We will see him Tuesday,” Wilbert said. “We may see a lot of the same people on Tuesday.”
Tuesday is when the two teams are scheduled to play again at JayCee Ballpark.

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