Today was a nice day — windy, sunny, mid-60s — so I spent several hours of my Easter Sunday watching college baseball.
It was a thriller, too. The Leopards of Lafayette College dug themselves a 5-1 hole against the Bison of Bucknell University. Going into the bottom of the seventh, Lafayette had only three hits. (This being a doubleheader, the first game was only seven innings.)
Then Bucknell’s manager left his starting pitcher in too long. And hit by hit, walk by walk, Lafayette improbably chipped away until it was 5-4, with the bases loaded and only one out.
It died there. The next hitter struck out, and the final hitter flied out down the right-field line. The Lafayette fans felt disappointed; not being that loyal to the Leopards, I was perfectly content.
As always, I took bunches and bunches of pictures with my little point-and-shoot. And you get to see the “best” of them. Click to see ’em larger, if you want:
The throw has pulled Lafayette’s first baseman off the bag, and Bucknell’s runner is diving to avoid a tag. He was safe.
Sweet play by Bucknell’s third baseman on a slow roller.
Way too many pajama pants on the field, but there were a few proper pairs of stirrups to be seen.
All eyes are on this guy ’cause he’s just gone deep.
Action in the Lafayette pen, which is partially set off from the field by a small grove of pines.
Second-base ump called a balk. The pitcher is protesting that the home-plate ump had called time. He had.
Two away, top of the seventh.
Lafayette’s last pitcher of the day sported high-cut stirrups — an unusual look in local college ball. Usually it’s either stripes or pajamas.
I’ve said in the past I always take pix of submarine-style pitchers. This guy isn’t a proper submariner — he’s more of a Tony Fossas-style thrower, somewhere between sidearm and three-quarters. I took his pic anyway. Funky arm angles rule.
While the funky sidearmer was warming up, this prospective Lafayette pinch-hitter came out of the dugout for a sneak preview.
The last-ditch bid to win one for Hilton Rahn ’51 comes up just short.