OVBL playoffs could be delayed due to weather

The 2013 Steele and Cook Insurance Ohio Valley Baseball League has been very competitive this season – on the field.

Off the field, it’s been a different story.

The month-and-a-half schedule wasn’t interrupted by Mother Nature all that much, but it seems that some teams just couldn’t adhere to the rule of making those games up within a timely fashion.

The playoffs begin Thursday and the regular season still isn’t finished!

There are two games – makeups from Sunday, June 16 – on tap tonight to conclude the regular season, and wouldn’t you know it, both have playoff implications. Go figure.

At Edwin J. Bowman Field in Weirton, the homestanding Red Dons (15-4) can do a whole lot of shakin’ and movin’ with a win over Warren Township, which would still be mathematically alive despite the loss.

Weirton is currently in third place, but can tie the Wheeling Cardinals and Lafferty for first-place with a victory. However, the Cardinals hold the first-place tiebreaker over both squads, with the Red Dons earning the edge over the Dodgers for the second seed.

In the other contest, West Liberty, which is locked into the No. 7 slot at 9-10 hosts Shadyside at Kovalick Field.

With a win and a loss by Warren Township, the Casket Makers would get the No. 8 seed. However, should both the River Pirates and Shadyside lose, Warren Township would get the No. 8 spot.

Sound complicated?

It shouldn’t be, but, unfortunately, it is.

Davis Continues to Impress

Nate Davis accounted for nearly 400 yards in Amarillo’s 88-72 shootout victory over New Mexico Saturday night on Coors Lite Field inside the Amarillo Civic Center.

With the win, the Venom improve to 9-2 entering the final week of the Lone Star Football League’s regular season. They play at Laredo (7-4) Saturday night.

The former Bellaire High and Ball State University standout threw for 321 yards and seven more touchdowns on 19 of 32. He was intercepted for only the fourth time this season.

On the first play from scrimmage Saturday, Davis took the ball and lumbered 46 yards (remember the field is only 50) for a touchdown. He finished with two carries for 60 yards. If that wasn’t enough, he also charted one solo tackle and an 11-yard quarterback sack on defense.

For the season, the former San Francisco 49ers’ draft pick is 145-for-259 (56%) and 1,721 yards. He has thrown a staggering 44 TD strikes in just eight games. He is averaging 215.1 yards per game via the airways, while his QB rating is an outstanding 100.82. He has accounted for 1,880 yards of total offense.

Not bad for a guy who I wrote in this space a couple of years ago had a right arm that was way too strong for the indoor game.

Thanks for proving me wrong, Nate.

Defensively, he has made 14 solo tackles and assisted on two others. He has the one QB sack and a pair of interceptions, which he has returned 12 yards. He’s also broken up a pass.

Amarillo is the defending regular season and playoff champions.

Two Hilltoppers Cited

Former Bridgeport standout Nate Maleski and Buckeye Local’s Tessa Gretchen are two of 18 West Liberty University athletes to be named to the All-WVIAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Maleski, who starred in football and basketball for the Bulldogs, plays football for the Hilltoppers. He is an exercise physiology major.

Gretchen is a member of the Hilltoppers’ track and field and cross country teams. She is a marketing major.

The WVIAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes in their junior or senior seasons who maintained a grade-point-average of 3.30 or better during the semester in which their sport was concluded.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com