I have not been writing much of late because I have been traveling before heading back to South Korea for another year. I have had some good times heading to the Smoky Mountains, Florida, and Texas. In between all my travels I have taken in a few games already with plans for another tomorrow.
My first game of the year was an early college game between the Belmont Bruins and the Illinois State Redbirds. It was the 2nd game of the season for both teams and game 1 of a double header.
It was a cold overcast Saturday morning, but it was a great day for baseball. I had been able to watch a lot of baseball online over the winter, but there is nothing like being at your first game of the year live. The sounds and smells of the game are something you can’t get when watching the game on TV. So armed with my camera and some sunflower seeds, I headed out to historic Shelby Park in Nashville.
It was a good game with Belmont coming out on top 5-4. The game went back and forth with Illinois State jumping out on top early 1-0 in the top of the first. But Belmont bounced back quick scoring 2 of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
Left fielder Derek Hamblen went deep for the hometown Bruins and the senior first baseman Nate Woods came up with the game winning RBI in the bottom of the 6th with a double.
It was a lot of fun with roughly 200 people in attendance. I took advantage of being close to the action and worked on getting better with my camera.
I hope to take in a few more college games before leaving for South Korea. Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and Columbia State Community College aren’t too far from home. I plan to catch a game at each over the next week and a half. I might even try to squeeze in a local high school game if I can.