Saturday, May 30, 2009

Best baseball in town

Best baseball in Houston? At Reckling Park, where Rice, Kansas State, Xavier and Sam Houston State University are hard at it in a regional NCAA tournament. The Astros? Who wants to shell out good money to see a totally mediocre team play (and mostly lose), not to mention being fleeced by the outrageous concession prices.

Anyway Kathleen, Lyndon and I took in the action last night, when Rice came through on the winning side against a scrappy Sam Houston State team. Subsequently, Rice lost to Kansas City tonight, and Sam Houston was eliminated with a loss to Xavier. This means that Rice will play an elimination game against Xavier tomorrow (Sunday). If they prevail, they will have to beat Kansas State twice to come out on top. It will be a struggle for Rice to make it through to the super regional in Baton Rouge, but they've come through the losers bracket before.

Here are some pics from the game, starting with a pitching sequence 'starring' winning pitcher Mike Ojala. Ojala, who is pitching with a torn ulnar ligament, pitched a pretty steady 7 innings and was well supported by the Rice bullpen, which has been shaky lately.

Nicely balanced prior to the delivery.

Rearing back with meaning

Just about to let the ball go

On its way...

Starting the follow-through

Finishing it up

Well, almost

And here is the ball almost in the catcher's mitt

Yes there was an opposing pitcher as well; Sam Houston's Sean Weatherford. He was tagged with an "L".

Rice's living legend of a coach, Wayne Graham, comes out for a quick chat. He didn't have much to say, just checking on the well-being of the pitcher.

Following on a very close play at home, when a Rice player was called safe, Sam Houston's coach Mark Johnson had a few choice comments for the umpire.

Predictably, he lost the argument

Amongst the spectators was Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak

Rice's Chad Mozingo looking at a called strike

Reckling Park was looking particularly good yesterday afternoon

One more shot of Reckling, a little bit later

With the Nikon D-300 Picture Control set to 'Vivid' with 3+ saturation, Reckling looks rather funky


Nuke Runner said...

Go Owls!

great pictures

johnking said...

great pics man!

Fishmagic said...

I love "small time" baseball. It's every bit as enjoyable as major league play, and we don't have to take out a second mortgage to attend.