The frat boys lined up down the left field line. The BBQ grills lit up. No Monon Bell around like they do in football, but it was still a lot of fun to work the baseball version of the rivalry between the two schools.
Mike Mann worked the plate with me on the bases as Wabash came back to win with a two-run bottom of the ninth 8-7.
Decent baseball for D3. Not great, pitching weak. But a good atmosphere and two teams that wanted to win at all costs.
Kudos to Wabash for one thing though. First non-D1 game I have worked this year where my check was waiting for me when I got there. Thank you Wabash College.
Their coach also made a comment about getting a new field next year.
It has been coming for a couple of years...but still no sign of groundbreaking. For the 3B and SS throwing across the diamond to first base on this field...it gives a whole new meaning to "throwing downhill". Usually you refer to this coming from the mound to the plate. But the grade is so sloped at Wabash there is literally a good five foot drop from 3B to 1B.
Coach there seems to be a pretty good guy. Hope he gets his field.
2:52 for Mr. Mann with no incidents.
Next up: Ball State hosts University of Buffalo in MAC play in Muncie this weekend..