BY MEGAN SHAW
Warm weather brings excitement to baseball enthusiasts everywhere: hot dogs, souvenir jerseys, self-shelled peanuts, and doubleheaders. March 31 marked Opening Day of Major League Baseball and it was one for the record books. Underdogs put tallies in their win columns, one player almost pitched a perfect game, and some MVP contenders didn’t meet expectations.
That same exhilaration is felt on fields in the Rockbridge area, too. Both the Rockbridge County High School and Parry McCluer High School teams have wins under their belts. And Lexington’s college teams show promise. The Washington and Lee University Generals currently have a winning record and the Virginia Military Institute Keydets are working toward a strong finish in the Big South Championship in May.
May 31 is opening day for the Rockbridge Rapids, a wooden bat summer league featuring college players from around the country. The team plays its home games at W&L’s Cap’n Dick Smith Field.