Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sports this 'n' that

Someone asked on a message board the other day if there was a curse attached to the Mets to explain all the injuries plaguing the team in recent years. It certainly feels like there is one.

Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the disabled list early in the week with a hip injury. Then, prior to the weekend series vs. Arizona, another outfielder with a cannon for an arm, Juan Lagares, was lost for the season with torn ligaments in his foot, an injury sustained in Wednesday's loss to Toronto. As I wrote on said message board, maybe there's a disgruntled fan who preferred ancient Shea Stadium remain open, and might've placed a curse of a sort on Citi Field before the Mets began playing there in 2009. We just don't know for sure.
LaSalle Institute had their commencement exercises yesterday, this after the spring sports season had officially come to an end at the school.

The Cadets were one-&-done in both the lacrosse & baseball sectionals. Coach Jesse Braverman's baseball club dropped a 7-2 decision to Columbia on Friday, while 1st year lacrosse coach Shane Hendry saw his season end in a loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Hendry's club finishes at 9-8 for the season. The team got off to a hot start, but cooled off late.

At Troy High, the softball team is the only one still playing, and their next game will be against the last team to beat them, Shenendehowa, on Wednesday afternoon. Coach Sean Geisel's squad has won 9 of its last 10 after a non-league win over Class C contender Maple Hill on Friday, 7-1. The lacrosse team saw their season end Saturday morning in a 14-3 loss to Columbia. The Troy laxmen finish at 5-12. As noted on Friday, the baseball team failed to qualify for sectionals, having just 1 win on the season.
The University at Albany moved one step closer to an NCAA title Saturday with a quarterfinal win over Denver. The game was played on a neutral site at Hofstra University on Long Island, which meant Denver had to travel cross-country for the game, which was not considered important enough to air on any of ESPN's over the air channels, but rather online. That won't happen in the semi-finals, I can assure you. What remains open to question, though, is whether or not a NCAA title would merit the Great Danes getting a ticker tape parade through downtown Albany........
Despite the steady rain that fell on Saturday, they managed to get one baseball sectional game in, and it was a Class AA tilt that went to the wire before Guilderland defeated CBA, 8-7. The two schools also met in lacrosse, with the Brothers prevailing, so it all evened out. However, it must come as a surprise that CBA, a perennial power in other sports, went one-&-done in the baseball tournament. The baseball game was set for a 10 am first pitch to avoid the rain, but to no avail, as the rain came around the same time, starting as a steady drizzle. Guilderland will play top-seeded Shenendehowa on Tuesday. In fact, this was the only baseball game on the schedule. As noted, most of the 1st round games originally set for yesterday were moved up a day to avoid the rain and keep the schedule intact.
At the rate things are going, after winning the Kentucky Derby & Preakness, the owners of Justify may be praying for rain for the Belmont Stakes on June 9. Justify has handled the sloppy conditions in both wins, so, karma being what it is, a dry track may be the colt's undoing. Just sayin'.

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