The other day David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox showed up for batting practice with a metal bat. Of course, these are banned in major league baseball, but he wanted to put on a show for the fans during batting practice. He supposedly hit several balls completely out of Fenway Park–even some over the scoreboard. Now you know why they are banned in pro baseball. However, that is only part of what I wanted to discuss today. In the early days of baseball, players literally brought lumber to the plate. The bats were huge from one end to the other. Babe Ruth supposedly used a bat so large that some major leaguers couldn’t even swing it. As the years have gone by, the bats keep getting smaller, lighter, and more slender. Couple this with the fact that ash is not readily available any more you constantly see bats being shattered. Ash wood has been affected by a beetle and no other wood has proven to be as good as ash was. Players say they prefer the new slender bats because they get the same effect with the narrow handle as a golfer gets when he uses a driver. You literally get a whiplash effect which carries the ball farther from the plate. With all of the technology in baseball today, you can see this in some of the slow motion camera shots. I have already discussed the controversy of metal bats and their danger to pitchers in the lowest levels of baseball. I doubt if anybody uses the Jackie Robinson model that was so popular in my high school baseball days.
With the last tee times of the day, the No. 10 USC men’s golf team knew what it had to do in the third round of the NCAA championships.If it had any hope of making up an eight-stroke, second-round deficit to qualify for the eight-team match play, the Trojans had to go low.After a bright start to the round during which the team climbed to within three strokes of the final match play spot, the Trojans ultimately fell short, finishing six strokes away from keeping their season alive.“We had things going for a little while, but it was too little, too late,” junior Matt Giles said.USC finished in 15th place at 10 over par during a wet week at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. Augusta State captured the national title with a 3-1-1 victory over Oklahoma State on Sunday.“It didn’t feel like anyone on our team played that great,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “But we shouldn’t finish 15th in a field of 30. We should have made a better run at the top eight. Everybody could have found seven strokes somewhere — I know that.”T.J. Vogel, who was named a freshman All-American, led the Trojans, shooting 1 under par for the week (74-72-69) and finishing in a tie for 25th.“T.J. had a great 11-hole stretch where he played the golf that I think he is capable of playing,” Zambri said about Vogel’s first 11 holes of the final round, which he played 6 under par. “But even T.J. could have played better than he did.”Sophomore Steve Lim shot 1 over par (74-72-71) and placed in a tie for 41st.Giles, a two time All-American, concluded a frustrating season by shooting 4 over par (73-75-72) and tying for 64th.“It wasn’t a great season for me individually, which is disappointing,” Giles said. “Last year I played well and it would have been nice to replicate that again this year. That would have helped out the team.”After the final round, Giles announced he will skip his senior season at USC and turn professional.“I’ve known that Matt was going to do that for almost a year and a half now, so I’m not at all surprised,” Zambri said. “He chips and putts well enough and he has enough length off the tee to play professional golf, but he just kind of got a little lost tee-to-green and he has to figure that out quickly if he wants to go out and make some money against pros.”Freshman Martin Trainer shot 75-71 in the opening two rounds but struggled on the final day, posting 78 and slipping to a tie for 95th.“I need to get a better short game, work on my putting a lot,” Trainer said. “That’s what killed me this week.”Freshman Sam Smith finished in a tie for 111th by shooting 74-75-77.The Trojans ended the season without a tournament victory, either as a team or individually.“There was definitely enough talent,” Zambri said. “With Matthew Giles not having a good year for us, that really hurt. We had a returning first-team All-American that just didn’t play that well. Our freshmen were talented but they’re young.”Giles still noticed the Trojans’ improvement over the season.“The way we were playing at the start of the year, there was no way we could contend for a national championship,” Giles said. “But by the end, everyone had gotten a little bit better, the freshmen had that experience of playing college golf and our results showed that at the end of the year.”With four of five starters returning for USC, Zambri said the team should be better next season.“You move on but you move on with a plan,” Zambri said. “As long as they have a plan to improve and catch up with these kids who are beating us, then we’ll be fine.”“We can use this as a learning experience,” Trainer added. “Next time we’re in the hunt for a big tournament we can really do damage and maybe someday win a national championship.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Jill Crumbliss, co-owner of the Last Chance Bar and Grill, said she and her husband Richard will be waiting on an insurance adjuster to determine whether they will re-open the popular restaurant and bar in Caldwell that burned Thursday afternoon.Jill Crumbliss said as of Friday at 2 p.m., the couple has yet to talk to anyone from their insurance company.“Yes, we would like to re-open, but at this time it really is too early to tell what we are going to do next,” Jill Crumbliss said. “This fire couldn’t have come at a worse time for us with the holidays around the corner.”Â Richard Crumbliss has had the restaurant for 9.5 years which was a supper club for the area residents as well as people from across south-central Kansas.On Thursday, Richard had hosted a Caldwell Chamber luncheon and was preparing for his evening crowd when he decided to go over to the bank and cash some checks.In the process, the fire started in the kitchen and when he returned to the back door there were flames shooting out. He called 911 and didn’t dare go in.Pat York, Caldwell Fire Chief confirmed the fire started in the kitchen area but why it started has not yet been determined. The fire climbed the walls and set two rooms on fire on the second story.The fire was contained in the back area of the historical building in downtown Caldwell, before it could spread into the dining room. However, the whole area received extensive smoke and water damage. York did not have a cost estimate on the amount of damage.He said a representative of the Kansas State Fire Marshall office will come to Caldwell and do a survey. He expects the report to be back in two weeks, maybe longer.As for the fire, it was a significant one for the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department. There were 25 fire personnel on the scene with mutual aid coming from the fire departments at Wellington, Mayfield, South Haven, Argonia and Anthony.The firefighters were there for five hours leaving the scene at 8 p.m.Last Chance Fire with firefighters on roof. (Tim Hay photo). 25 fire personnel were on the scene. (Tim Hay photo). Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments