Monday, June 11, 2012

Title dreams

Two days later, I still finds it hard to believe not one, but two, area teams won state baseball championships.

A big congratulations goes out to Kingston and Coleman Catholic on their titles. The Tigers won their first-ever championship, while the Statesmen won their first in 35 years.

And they won in completely different ways.

Kingston won it in dramatic fashion, rallying from a three-run deficit to take a 3-0 lead going into the final inning. The Tigers blew the lead in the top of the inning, only to win it on Jake Ryan's hit in the bottom of the frame.

Coleman, meanwhile, won its title behind the spectacular pitching of ace Mike Smithmyer, who tossed a complete-game, one-hit masterpiece a couple of hours after pitching the final two innings of Coleman's win in the semifinal.

The area has a lot to be proud of with these two teams and let's hope these state titles foreshadow next year's scholastic season.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Triple Crown agony

What a blow for the Belmont Stakes and thoroughbred racing in general.

One day before I'll Have Another took it's shot at history by becoming the first horse in more than 30 years to win all three legs of the Triple Crown, the colt was forced to retire after suffering a tendon injury to its leg.

More than 100,000 fans were going to pack Belmont, while millions more would be in front of there TVs, in hopes of seeing history. And this horse had a great chance to accomplish the feat.

Now, horse racing fans will have to wait yet another year to see if there's a horse that can do what Affirmed last did in 1978.

I suspect there will be quite a few no-shows at Belmont and a lot of TVs tuned elsewhere on Saturday because Belmont is just not the same when a Triple Crown's not at stake.