This is the day we have all been waiting for, Opening Night. After spending the last 12 weeks in Florida, everyone was very keen to get our season underway. I got the nod as the starting pitcher, and well, my 1st inning is one I would much rather forget. I gave up 2 home runs, a solo shot and 2 run home run. Those ended up being the only 2 hits I gave up. I then settled down to throw 4 scoreless innings after. Games like this make me realise that I can't get away with mistakes, because the hitters are much better and will make you pay for any little error you make. Any lapse in concentration, and you could easily find yourself already in a hole.
After a slow offensive start to the game, our boys started to heat up in the 6th inning when Kennys Vargas scored from 3rd on a wild pitch, then in the 7th inning Niko Goodrum hit a solo shot to center field, and in the 8th inning we scored 3 runs highlighted by Kennys Vargas 2 run home run to right field. At the end of the 8th inning we were now tied 5-5. As our pitcher came out for the 9th inning, the sky turned a bit darker and you could feel a chill in the air, and after he threw to the 1st hitter, lightning lit up the sky which sent us into a 30 minute lightning delay, the 2nd such delay of my professional career. After the delay we came out to try and complete the game, we finished the 9th inning with no dramas, but as we went out for the 10th, the skys decided to open up and we went into a rain delay, and then eventually the game was suspended. We will now come back tomorrow to complete the game, then play another game after.
So guess my first experience with the Elizabethton Twins will be one to remember, for bad, good and strange reasons. Looks like this season is going to be very interesting to say the least.