Tigers played their first scrimmage, Opening day could become a national holiday, Red Wings and High School Hoops
Tigers Win! Tigers Win!
The Tigers claimed a 12-0 win over Florida Southern yesterday. That was their traditional scrimmage with Florida Southern before they start their scrimmages with Major League teams. It is a game that you usually see a bunch of prospects play most of the game, look pretty good, and get their name out there. Yesterday it was Steven Moya who had four RBI, while Daniel Fields went 2-2 and Tyler Collins went 3-3. Robbie Ray who they got in the Fister trade struck out five in two innings. If you don’t know who those guys are yet, don’t worry. It’s very unlikely any of those guys would be playing in Detroit this season.
There was literally nothing to see here except for the fact that baseball is back. The starters played about three innings, got their hacks in and got out before getting hurt. The only thing I found interesting here was the batting line up. One of the biggest questions about this team was who would bat lead-off. If it was Kinsler, where would Jackson bat vice versa. Yesterday it was Kinsler hitting lead-off and Jackson actually hit fifth. None of this really matters, because a lot of this will get decided in the coming weeks. The good thing is that baseball is back and that’s always a good thing.
Now this is something I can get with. Ozzie Smith is working to make baseball opening day a federal holiday. How nice would that be if everyone got the day off on opening day? After all, baseball is our national past time. I for some reason don’t think this will actually happen, but at least Ozzie is on the scene. Also, I think you would have had a better chance to get this passed when Bush was in office seeing that he’s a baseball fan. Although, I have another one that we might be able to get Obama to pass. The first two days of the NCAA tournament are national holidays!
So what are some other sports days that should be national holidays? We could say the opening day of the NFL could be a national holiday, but they already play on the weekend. You probably could make a pretty good argument for the Monday after the Super Bowl. I know plenty of hunters out there who would find opening day for hunting season a good day for a holiday.
Red Wings return
The Red Wings get back to the ice slab tonight on the road at Montreal. They have plenty of work to do as this is really the beginning of the stretch run in the NHL. They have 24 games to play in about a month and a half. All of these games will be condensed because of the Olympics. As of today they would be in the playoffs with 64 points. They are one point up on Columbus, Ottawa and Washington for that final spot. Also remember that they will be doing this stretch run without Henrik Zetterberg who just had back surgery. Pavel Datsyuk is also not completely healthy and it’s unknown how much he can provide. Oh yeah, and Johan Franzen is still struggling with his concussion symptoms. Oh and don’t forget Stephen Weiss is also trying to come back from surgery and still might not be ready. I almost forgot that Jakub Kindal is also probably not ready to play yet either. Yeah…they are fighting an uphill battle here. These young guys are going to have to play a big role if this team makes the playoffs.
High School Hoops recap
It wasn’t a real heavy night of high school hoops but there were some pretty good match-ups.
It was advertised as a high scoring game and it was exactly that when Kalamazoo Central won a non-conference game over Jackson 88-78. They were led by the duo of Orlando Williams and Devin Daniels who combined to score 56 of the 88 points. Williams poured in 30 points while Daniels was not far off of that with 26 points. Also having a good night was Jordan Hunt who scored 16.
Portage Central continued their hot play and last night beat Benton Harbor 61-59 on a buzzer beater by Max Ryan. Hunter Lassiter once again led the way with 20 points while Rodney Turner scored 16. That is seven wins in their last eight games. The Mustangs started the season just 2-7 but after some additions to their team midway through the season, they now have a chance to finish with a winning record.
Gull Lake played another tight game with Battle Creek Central but fell 58-55. They have given the Bearcats two of their toughest games this season, losing two games by a combined 8 points. Odell Miller was the big man in the middle again last night, scoring 27 points for the Blue Devils. Gull Lake led by eight at half time and still led by one going into the fourth quarter, before falling down the stretch. They’ve had only four division losses this season, but all have been by six points or less and all have come to Harper Creek and Battle Creek Central, the only two teams above them in the standings.
Parchment stepped outside of their conference play last to face Plainwell on the road and came away with a 52-45 win. They set the tone for the night when they jumped on top in the first quarter 20-8. The Panthers were led by Sam Nordquist with 14 points. Their calling card this year has been their defense and they did a good job holding down the Trojans’ E.J. Finch to just 11 points, well below his 19 ppg he’s been averaging this season. Parchment who won only five games last season has won 15 this year and they have one game left at Olivet on Thursday. If they can win there, they can then hope for a Galesburg-Augusta upset of Schoolcraft which would give them a tie for the KVA title.
In the SAC, Watervliet got the win over Lawrence 48-41 last night in what was the division championship game. The Panthers were able to earn a tie atop the South Division standings. Luke Traver was the main man last night scoring 18 points. It also ended an 11 game Lawrence winning streak.
On Tap for Tonight
WMU @ Ball State
#16 Michigan @ Purdue
Red Wings @ Montreal