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‘Frozen Tundra in Llano?’
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 22, 2013

It really wasn’t very cold. If you had friends visiting from Sioux City or Duluth for the night after Valentine’s Day, they would have observed, “it was balmy”—maybe too humid for bobsledding.

The rest of us had other ideas—like, where’s August 3 when we need it?

The baseball Jackets welcomed Canyon Lake for a scrimmage. Too bad it wasn’t a football scrimmage.

“The wind went through you,” said Llano head coach Mike Ridings. “It got colder the longer we played.”

Officially—maybe 50 degrees. Wind chill factor—27 and dropping.

On the ice, uh, the field, the Hawks dominated, but, “There were bright spots last night and tonight,” insisted Ridings. “Isaac Hutto pitched well (at Marble Falls, February 14), and Chance Ware was getting after them.

“We have to do a better job of swinging the bat and knowing the strike zone.” Ridings wants his hitters to position their weight in the back of the batter’s box—ready to fire off at the pitch with their whole body.

“This is a learning situation for me, too,” Ridings asserted, “seeing where guys fit, especially in the pitching rotation—who will be the starters, who will relieve. We’ve got pretty good arms; we’ve got to see who will develop.”

Wil Siegenthaler should be a contender for one of the top two or three starting spots, along with Hutto. Other hurlers: Brooks, Sorensen, Ware, and Lance Reven; plus senior—but “newcomer”—Storey Tatsch, and one or two others.

The guys seem to be close-knit. Of course when it feels like it’s 27 standing alone in left field, closeness is something you think about—preferably with a portable heater.

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