Match up slated to be good, thankfully

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 4, 2013

Since baseball season started in February, I’ve been looking for that one good game to write about.

My wish was granted Tuesday night when Florala shutout Red Level 1-0 in area action at Stevenson Field.

Wildcats starting pitcher John Bess struck out 12 and allowed just two hits in the complete-game win.

I left the field happy and elated to be the one to write about this game. I hope it turned out all right for our readers.

While I was figuring out what to write my column on this week, I kept thinking about the upcoming Class 3A, Area 2 baseball series between Straughn and Opp, which starts today.

The best-of-three series will begin tonight at 5 at Merchants Field in Opp, barring the weather.

On Friday, the Tigers and Bobcats will duke it out again at SHS for either one or two games.

Both teams have won their respective area series against Excel and Southside Selma, essentially clinching their spots in the state playoffs already. The winner and runner up of each area advance to the first round.

To win the area championship, either Opp or Straughn will need to win two games during the series.

Right now, Opp sits at 17-4 on the season after splitting with Rehobeth on Monday night. Straughn is 14-11 after winning its area series over Excel, 2-1.

What both teams will bring to the diamond over the next two nights is anyone’s guess.

All I know is that there should be some good baseball being played.

But, I only ask this, let there be some one-run games like Tuesday.

I mean, I understand if a team blows out another team, but that’s reallly not a good game to watch/report.

The games where each team’s defense plays well behind an already good pitching performance are what I love.

Straughn and Opp have the capability of doing this and I’m anxious to get out there, again barring the weather.

According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for today calls for a 90 percent chance of rain with a possibility of a thunderstorm.

Rain, rain, don’t wash the possibility of a good game away.