The Big O’s Sports Tidbits
The Mavericks made a tremendous comeback Friday night to even the NBA championship series at one game each. Most of the ‘experts ‘ call that game an aberration and the Heat will still win the series in five or six games. A two-point loss Sunday night put Miami up 2-1. A lot of the people I talked to about this series could care less. The NBA is losing its appeal to the general public.
Cameron’s Zach Brashear pitched a one- hitter against Weimar on Thursday night to lead the Yoe to a 5-2 win. The Rinn twins pitched and batted the Yoe to a come from behind 4-1 win over Weimar in the first game Saturday. Brashear also came in with one out in the sixth inning to save game two. Brashear struck out four of the five outs he recorded. Brashear is the son of former Lexington AD and basketball coach Robert Brashear. Cameron will play Bushland at 4:00 pm Wednesday in the state semifinals. This marks Cameron’s first trip to the state baseball tourney after a trip to the football finals in the fall. The girls’ track team won state and the boys track team finished third. Quite a year for the people of Yoe. This will be a season to remember. A return to the state football finals is probably out since they graduated 28 of 36 varsity players.
Poor old Texas….. They have the best team in the Big XII supposedly and one of the top ten teams in the nation, but can’t seem to win one when it counts. Texas beat Princeton in the first game of the Regional. Kent State beat Taylor Jungmann on Saturday night. The Horns barely had enough fire to beat Texas State 4- 3 in the first game Sunday. They did beat Kent State 9-3 in the second game Sunday. The Horns will play Kent State Monday for the right to advance to the Super Regional next week.
The Aggies made it to the Regional final, losing to Arizona State 7-4 for their first loss. The Ags and Arizona State will play Monday in the absolute final game. Baylor is playing California in the same scenario as Texas and A&M. It would make the Big XII look good to have three of the eight teams in the College World Series.
The Texas Rangers have hit June in stride. They swept four games from the Cleveland Indians in Ohio. They have not done that since 1979. The big bats are booming and the pitchers are doing some of their best and the AL West is falling back from the Rangers.
Northwest Missouri State’s head Coach Scott Bostwick died of an apparent heart attack Sunday morning. He had been appointed head coach in December, replacing Mel Tjerdema who retired. This is the school where Eagle Ex E.J. Hawkins played after a great career at Lexington.