This was the final weekend for Babe Ruth Fall Ball in Calgary. I dropped the dogs off on Saturday morning at about 8am and headed north. I had plenty of time, so there was absolutely no rush.
I arrived at the park around 1030, the game wasn’t slotted to start until noon.
The first playoff game, a Tier 1 matchup was not much of a game. It was 15-0 after 2 innings and that’s the way it ended after 4. The starting pitcher left in the 1st inning trailing 6-0. The second pitcher was doing better, but got hit with a line drive and edited the game, he was ok, thankfully. The 3rd pitcher just couldn’t find the strike zone, even though I had expanded it beyond what it should have been. The odd time that he did throw a strike, it would get smashed. Just one of those games I guess, it could just have easily been the other way around.
The afternoon game was excellent. After 7 innings, it was all tied up, so, onto extra innings we went. The starting pitcher for the winning team threw a complete game. It was a pleasure umpiring that game and such a difference from the first one.
Since I had brought my trailer back to the Pass, I checked I to the motel I used all summer. Had a relaxing evening and went to bed early.
Sunday started out well, it was about 14C. The Tier 2 Championship started well, with the first place team holding a 6-3 lead. In the 5th inning, they drove in a bunch of runs and ended up winning 13-3 in a 5-inning mercy win.
The weather changed mid-game, the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. We decided to move up the start time for the Tier 1 Championship by 30 minutes.
It was a cold start to the game, temps around 4C. It back back and forth, but close. In the 3rd inning, the snow started, along with strong winds. At the end of the 3rd, my partner and I, along with the coaches decided to call the game due to the weather. The cold temps are not good for throwing arms and visibility was getting low. I’m unsure if the game will stand, I’d imagine it will though. This time of October, finding a warm day to complete the game would be tough. The game ended with th visitors up 4-3, so I figure they are the Tier 1 Champs.
All in all, Fall Ball was great. We had some bad weather on the first weekend (rain) but otherwise, the weather was great right until the final.
I’ll miss umpiring, it was a lot of fun, but I’m not going to miss going to Calgary every weekend. Now onto MLB Playoffs and football. Should be a good rest of Fall.