OVBL series delayed again by weather

Mother Nature has once again stuck her nose into the Steele and Cook Insurance Ohio Valley Baseball League’s championship series.

For the second time in three days, the almighty ruler of the weather has rained down upon the best-of-5 series between No. 3 Lafferty and No. 5 Maynard.

Friday night at rain-soaked Firemen’s Field in Maynard, the two squads attempted to take part in game two. However, with everybody’s safety – players, fans and umpires – the first priority, the game was postponed until Sunday at 1 p.m., once again at the Maynard Community Park diamond.

Game one was already postponed from Wednesday to Thursday when Maynard pulled the upset with a come-from-behind, 3-1, triumph, at the Lafferty Community Park field.

That pushes the series to the limit, as far as days go.

Over the past several seasons, the playoffs have concluded prior to the start of Jamboree in the Hills. (I can’t figure out why these guys can’t play after most of them attend the Superbowl of Country Music?)

Game three is now set for Monday in Lafferty, with games four and five, if needed, slated for Tuesday in Maynard and Wednesday in Lafferty.

The series, itself, has turned into a battle between former Buckeye 8 rivals Union Local and St. Clairsville. Both squads possess a ton of talent, but I think Maynard has the better pitching with Mark Cisar, Sam Vincenzo and Logan Hudson.

Pirates Drop Toughie

Had a chance to attend Monday’s Athletics-Pirates interleague game at picturesque PNC Park. Although the Buccos dropped a tough, 2-1, decision, it was quite an entertaining contest.

Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke, an all-star selection, pitched good enough to win, but, unfortunately, his teammates didn’t give him much support.

Had it not been for an outstanding diving catch by Oakland’s Coco Crisp in left-center, the Pirates would have emerged with a victory.

Roe Update

Chaz Roe picked up his first Major League victory on July 4, but it came in a bittersweet way.

Entering the Diamondbacks’ game at New York against the Mets in the 14th inning, Roe blew his chance at his first ML save. However, his teammates redeemed him in the 15th with a run.

He was optioned back to Triple-A Reno two days later.

The Ole Hooter

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention something about the late Rich “Hoot” Gibson.

When I came to The Times Leader some six or seven years ago, I had the fortune to work alongside one of the better sports journalists that I’ve encountered in my long career.

“Hoot” was a treat to work with. He always had something to liven up the newsroom with at midnight or 1 a.m. on a Friday night/Saturday morning shift.

He also had stories that would never end. I remember one that he always told about his father taking him to a baseball game in Pittsburgh when the Houston Astros were in town.

Back in the day, the Astros had an outfielder named Jesus (Hey-soos) Alou. When he came to bat, Rich told his father that Jesus (Gee-zus) was at bat. His father reportedly replied, “I can’t believe he’s only hitting .200.”

The way Rich told it made it seem a whole lot funnier than when you just read it.

That’s just the way he was.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com