For a second straight year St. Matthews Baseball and Softball battled the elements as it held its annual season opener parade.
Last Saturday more than 110 units braved damp, chilly, weather in the traditional procession down Shelbyville Rd. to St. Matthews Community Center Park. Due to wet fields, some with standing water, Saturday’s slate of games were postponed, most of them to Sunday.
St. Matthews baseball and softball coaches and players ages four to 12 helped decorate parade vehicles, then piled into everything from fire trucks to pickups to antique cars for the trek to the ballpark from St. Matthews Baptist Church on Grandview, waving to parents who lined the parade route.
Games began the previous Monday and the Cal Ripken Majors Division (11-12 year olds) got the season off to a promising start with a number of highlights in week one.
The season’s first no hitter came Tuesday evening as Harrison Hobbs handcuffed the Twins to pace the Reds to a 4-2 win. Hobbs struck out 11 in five innings and allowed just one earned run. Robert Thomas backed him with his bat, driving in two runs with a double and a single and scoring a third after stealing third and racing home when the catcher overthrew third base.
Adam Weining scored both Twins runs, reaching on an error in the first inning and racing home on a wild pitch and scoring on a sacrifice fly by twin brother Sam after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
The next game saw the offenses take over as the Orioles pounded out eight hits in an 11-2 win over the Rangers. The contest featured back to back home runs by James Crockett and Ty Bentley as Crockett enjoyed a 3-3 night.
The Rays and Reds both posted perfect 3-0 marks to open the season. The Rays’ beat the Dodgers in the season’s first game, 12-4, the won in walk-off fashion over the Red Sox, 11-10, as Taylor Mueller singled to plate Aaron Victor. Dylan Wilson had a triple and a double in the losing effort.
After two seasons with little power production Majors players launched four home runs in the opening week of play. Travis Seibert joined Crockett and Bentley in the home run parade with two round trippers as his Dodgers downed the Tigers, 9-8.
This year is the second year of St. Matthews Baseball and Softball’s affiliation with Cal Ripken baseball for leagues with players 12 years of age and younger. Softball and baseball for ages 13-15 remain affiliated with Babe Ruth. Cal Ripken is a subdivision of Babe Ruth Baseball.