Slone’s Sidelines: America’s pastime

By Chris Slone

March 25, 2014

Chris Slone


Spring is in the air, except when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball and we wake up to freezing temperatures with snow flurries, but with Spring officially underway, that means baseball season is about to commence all over the nation.

The Cincinnati Reds are about to return to Great American Ball Park as the Redlegs are preparing to throw out the first pitch, which officially kicks off the Major League Baseball season. Well, they would have been throwing out the first pitch if MLB Commissioner Bud Selig believed in tradition. But that’s another story for another day.

While Cincinnati as many question marks heading into the 2014 season, fans from all over the Tri-State will be flocking toward GABP to get their first true glimpse of this year’s squad as opening day is quickly approaching.

While Scioto Co. is on the outskirts of Reds country and many Redlegs’ fans live within the county limits, the commencement of the high school baseball season is still at the top of the list for many residence of this great county.

Who will dominate the SOC this season? Which teams are poised to make long runs toward state championships? Those questions remain to be seen. However, one thing is evident, local baseball is truly America’s pastime.

Regardless whether you are a fan of a certain school, a casual fan of the sport or your looking for a relaxing way to support the local athletes, high school baseball is a terrific way to spend time with your loved ones while enjoying a competitive, fun sport.

As the season progresses, the Daily Times will attempt to run a daily game slate that will highlight the local games taking place on each particular night. The game slate might not run in every single edition because of space restrictions, but we will attempt to run the schedule as much as possible.

I recommend everyone flock to your local ball parks this spring and enjoy some high school baseball.

The regular season begins with a slate of games Saturday. Stay tuned for the complete matchups.

Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.