Good Games

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I’ve been looking for a good game since last August and haven’t found many at all. I suppose the difficulty in finding one depends on your definition of a “good game.”
Here’s my benchmark, the last Good Game I saw was when Berkeley beat Cane Bay, 2-1, last May for the District VII championship.
Every time the Cobras and Stags locked fang and horn last year it was a good game. Cane Bay won the Region 7AAA championship on Berkeley’s diamond by single run. The Stags returned the favor a month later on the Cobras’ home turf.
I’ve endured two sports seasons and I haven’t seen a good game since.
Games are either a blow out or they’re blown out, with nary a nail-biter in between.
I’m told I will get my good game this week.
So far this season the best game I’ve seen is when Berkeley beat Ashley Ridge 4-3 on Kyle Garrick’s go-ahead homer in the top of the eighth to win the Post 166 Pre-Season Invitational Tournament.
That was a good game – lower case ‘g’s’ – but it wasn’t a capital ‘G’ Good Game. I was never worried. I knew the Stags would pull it out and they did so with stamping an exclamation point on the tournament.
But it was also 38 degrees outside with 25 mph wind gusts and I watched the good game from my car.
You don’t watch Good Games from your car.
Monday night I’ll get my first Good Game of 2013 when the Stags take on James Island. The Trojans are a team that found such new and inventive ways to lose to Berkeley when both teams played in Class AAAA. I bet if you mentioned the names Bruce Ellington and Leanna Morrison down there, Trojan fans break out in hives.
Now James Island has dropped to AAA but Ellington and Morrison are long gone, and I hear the Trojans have a Nasty baseball team – that’s capital ‘N’ Nasty – and it means these guys are really good.
By the time you read this the game will be in the books, but Hanahan comes-a-calling on Wednesday and they’re always tough. Perhaps not James Island tough, but this will be another Good Game.
Then next week, Hilton Head visits and I will have my Good Game mind blown.
I want nail-biters. I want big crowds. I want playoff atmosphere baseball. I want Cane Bay vs. Berkeley 2012.
I saw a Good Game on the track last week.
This Good Game lasted all of a minute give or take. I think 48 seconds thereabouts but I haven’t seen the results yet. Berkeley hosted a track meet with Cross and Timberland and the three schools squared off early in the 4x100-meter relay.
This is a track meet, but what you see is a football running back throw down. Berkeley’s backs lining up against the Class A state champ Cross Trojan backs and Timberland’s backs, side-by-side-by-side.
What a race.
I don’t even know who won, and I don’t care – couldn’t tell you – but these guys could fly.
And it was fun to watch.
I think I’ll be seeing some more Good Games come fall.

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