Last week was a busy one for this sports reporter.
Let’s just go ahead and start at the beginning because that seems logical.
Sunday marked my first trip to Columbus for the week. With Memorial Day being observed on Monday, my friend Rachel and myself purchased tickets to attend the Norfolk Tides and Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Park. Not only is taking in a Triple-A game always a good idea, but it was Rachel’s first game and it was also Dime-a-Dog day at the park. The game was jam-packed full of offense and I was jam-packed full of delicious, inexpensive hot dogs, eight to be exact. Anyways, the Clippers defeated the Tides by a final score of 12-4. In the contest, a total of eight homeruns were belted (three by Norfolk) with Adam Moore knocking a grand slam and Eric Stamets going yard in his first two at-bats. Sidebar from this trip: Have you ever been to The Pint Room? It is quite literally a craft beer fans dream and they have a burger with peanut butter and preserves on it! I was skeptical but believe me, it works!
Tuesday included a trip to Cleveland for a nostalgia bomb! So Much for the Afterglow, a 1997 album from the band Everclear was quite the listen 20 years ago and when my friend invited me to attend the accompanying anniversary tour for the cost of free, I coudn’t say no. Although the songs don’t resonate quite the way they used to, I had a blast and ran into another long, lost friend in the process. Sidebar from this trip: $6 for a 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon is just insane!
Wednesday was the only down-day so to speak of my week…
Thursday included another trip to Huntington Park in Columbus. This time it was for business and not pleasure, although I do enjoy a good view, some baseball and free Mountain Dew! My mission on Thursday was to cover the Clear Fork Colts play in the Division III state baseball semi-finals against the Champion Golden Flashes from Warren. The Colts’ season ended with a 2-1 loss to Champion. Sidebar from this trip: Champion eventually defeated defending state champion and then undefeated Hiland 2-1 to secure their first state title in school history. The Lady Flashes from Champion also won the Division III state softball title. In addition, getting Starbucks at a mall in Columbus can be more awkward than you think!
On Friday and Saturday, two separate trips to The Ohio State University campus and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the state track and field meet would put a wrap on the nearly 1,000 mile week. The heat and sun made for a sweaty, but now beautifully tanned sports reporter as I was treated to the top track and field athletes throughout Ohio. Meechie won the Division III state title in the long jump, Colin won the 300-meter hurdles in Division II and Chad outran the world en route to a Division III title in the 3200-meter run. Saturday, everything was capped-off with a cookout at my mother’s house and playing kickball with my 29-year old brother Cody and all the nieces and my little man Quinn. Sidebar from this trip: My first full-season of high school sports reporting is now complete!
I look forward to providing you, the reader, with as much coverage as I can from the Galion Graders and any other sports or camps that I can this summer. It is sure to be a hot one so curl up in the air conditioning with a copy of the Galion Inquirer or go to our website to read about all of the adventures that I can get into. Also, my friend Jim Hager and myself are looking to launch a podcast this summer. This entertainment will, in no way, be affiliated with the paper but will include some hot takes on sports, technology and anything else that our minds can manufacture!