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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day One in Texas: A chilly, wet start

David Rawnsley        
I’m generally regarded as somewhat of a bad omen among the Perfect Game staff when it comes to weather. As the person who is usually on the computer during the most extended and potentially weather-affected events on the PG calendar (i.e. the 17U and 18U WWBA National Championships), one of my responsibilities is to watch the weather radar and give warning about potential rain.

So whenever I say something about the weather, it’s usually bad and not welcome. “Don’t Shoot the Messenger” is not a thought generally recognized on the PG Staff.
This has been simply an awful winter in the Upper Midwest, with heavy snow and very consistently below-freezing temperatures. By far the worst winter among the dozen I’ve spent in Nebraska.

Texas, on the other hand, has had some occasional cold weather (for them), but especially for the last few weeks it’s been very pleasant. So, of course, when I come down to Texas it immediately gets cold and wet – like 55 degrees with a constant all-day drizzle. It canceled all high school games in the Southeast Texas area on Tuesday.
The fish only seemed to be mildly affected by my standards, although my host said otherwise. We “only” pulled out a couple of bass in the 6-7 pound range, plus plenty of smaller largemouth and a couple of nice crappies, but we had many extra hours of casting with the games canceled.

The good news is that the two games I had scheduled to go see Tuesday were both rescheduled for today at the same times. So I’ll still get to see Aflac All-American OF Kray Bratsen of Bryan High School play at 2 p.m. and then drive over to The Woodlands to watch RHP’s Jamison Taillon and John Simms match up at 7 p.m.

I imagine that there were a couple of dozen scouting directors and cross checkers stranded in Houston Tuesday night with schedule decisions to make, as the Taillon/Simms matchup wasn’t postponed until mid-afternoon as the rain was never very heavy, just annoyingly steady.

The bad news of the day was that Barbe High School (Lake Charles, La.) 3B Garin Cecchini was diagnosed with a torn ACL Tuesday and is out for the rest of the spring. Cecchini is one of the top left-handed hitters in the country and a potential top-3 round pick. I was planning on going to Lake Charles on Thursday to see Cecchini and his teammate, slugging 1B Hommy Rosado, play in a 6 p.m. game. I definitely have to rethink that game and the close to four-hour drive it would take to get there.
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