June 10th, 2017

2017 ACC Semi-final Game 2

North Carolina TarHeels vs. Miami Hurricanes (NCAA)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  I’m not going to lie.  We never saw one inning of this game.  Not one pitch, not one at-bat…nothing.  For some reason the ACC decided to keep postponing the game, even though the weather was fine at the time.  The photo above is the TarHeels just hanging out, waiting to play ball.  However that wouldn’t happen for a couple of more hours.  Yes, there was a chance of rain, and yes, it did end up raining, but not until after the postponed start.  The ACC could have given the go-ahead, and when it DID rain, at least the teams would have gotten a large chunk of the game in.  Also, as we did, a large chunk of the paid attendance wouldn’t have been cheated out of a game, either, as fans headed for the gates when the announcement came that the game wouldn’t start for awhile, yet.   FINAL:  TarHeels 12, Hurricanes 4.

The Hurricanes heading for the batting cages

I’m not going to lie.  I really would have liked to have seen this game, but since it didn’t get over until almost midnight, that would have made for a very long and strenuous day, especially with my dad and Brian at the ballpark impatiently waiting for baseball that we paid for. At least Brian got to meet some of the North Carolina players, but we didn’t have a chance to catch up with any Hurricanes.

Brian with a pair of TarHeels

Before the announcement of the delay, we took the time to check out the ACC Fan Fest in the West Wing of Slugger Field.  I really wish the ACC would have shown that this is an important event, and maybe had some more things going on, and maybe some of the school mascots on hand instead of just cardboard cutouts of them.  Brian at least got to see the ACC Championship trophy, too.

Brian with the ACC Baseball Championship trophy

We spent most of the time at the Louisville Slugger display, where Brian was able to hold some bats of Major Leaguers, including Louisville’s own Adam Duvall.  Again, we were all very disappointed that we weren’t able to see any of this game, but just couldn’t stay there and wait around any longer.  I honestly wasn’t that impressed with the way the ACC handled this tournament as a whole, from the pool play down to it’s weather delays.  But, then again, having NC play until midnight and have to be ready to play the next day at noon, gave a HUGE advantage to the waiting Seminoles… Hhhhmm….

 

Brian swinging some pro lumber from Louisville Slugger

Photos property of Minoring In Baseball

2017 ACC Semi-final Game 1

Florida State Seminoles vs. Duke Blue Devils (NCAA)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Back at it on Saturday, this time for the first of the semi-final games.  I have no idea how Duke survival a ‘pool’ with Virginia and Clemson, but somehow they made it this far, as did FSU.  Brian joined us for the games today, also, and he’s always happy to spend time with his Papa.

Duke simply looked like the next team to be fed to the ACC darling Seminoles, anyway.  Florida State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning due to some fine hitting from un-named players.  They then added two more in the third, and one in the fourth.  The Blue Devils didn’t have any offense going until the ninth inning, when Jimmy Herron scored on a Jack Labosky base hit.

Adam Laskey took the loss for Duke, giving up four runs on six hits during his 2.1 innings of work.  An un-named Seminole pitcher earned the win for his team, only giving up two hits and striking out eight in this 6.2 innings.  FINAL:  Seminoles 5, Blue Devils 1.

Brian got a ball from one of the FSU players, so at least they have on fan in the family

Not much of a competitive game, but still fun to be at the ballpark. We would check out the ACC Fan Fest between games, as we settled in for the afternoon bout.

Photos property of Minoring In Baseball

 

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