Flash rain storm can’t dampen Taft baseball’s league opener
LINCOLN CITY — Grant Prins had waited for this moment for months now — the starting pitching assignment in Taft High’s first-ever baseball game as a member of the West Valley League. It was validation of his stature as the player Coach Dustin Hankins and his teammates could count on most to get them off and running in their venture into unexplored territory.
Little did he know he had a date with Mother Nature. From seemingly nowhere — just seconds after the umpire yelled ‘Play ball!’ — driving rain from a sudden cloudburst greeted Prins on the mound in the team’s Class 3A league opener, apparently dampening his concentration. However, by the time the Tigers came to bat, the skies had erupted into brilliant sunshine and the day was saved for the Tigers’ senior ace. Sometimes even the baseball gods throw a pitch that can’t be hit.
“It ruined his control,” Hankins said after the Tigers assumed first place in the West Valley League with a 13-2 five-inning victory over the Pirates. “He pitched early in the season in the rain and didn’t fare too well, and it’s kind of gotten to him a little bit. It’s just one of those things. He gets to thinking about it and things go haywire.”
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