Really only four games in?

Wow, are we really only four games into the 2009 campaign?  You’d never know it by the way the ‘Dads started off – it really makes you look forward to mid-season form, huh?

Already in this young season, we’ve seen the first no-hitter in baseball in 2009, back-to-back shutouts in a doubleheader, a current three-game winning streak (during which the Dads outscored Bowling Green, 16-2, by the way), Doug Hogan tied for the league lead with two home runs and third with 6 RBI (in three games), Timmy Rodriguez backflips on Easter Sunday and a whole lot more, and it’s all been at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The no-hitter was clearly the highlight of the great weekend.  LHP Martin Perez started on the mound and pitched four of the seven innings in the first game of the doubleheader, before giving way to RHP Tyler Tufts and RHP Fabio Castillo, who locked down the no-hitter with a game-ending strikeout.  Just the third no-hitter in Crawdads history and first of the season on any level of professional baseball, it was unquestionably a special evening for all involved, and something I feel very fortunate to have witnessed first-hand and called in the booth.

The Crawdads went on to follow the no-no with a 4-0 shutout win in the second game on Saturday, then took the series finale, 7-2, against the Hot Rods on Easter Sunday.  As alluded to, LF Timmy Rodriguez kicked off Sunday’s matinee with a string of backflips across the infield, becoming yet another Crawdad to pull off an impressive feat on an incredibly successful Opening Weekend.

After hitting the road this morning, we arrived here in Greenville about an hour ago to start off the eight game trip, as the team looks to keep the early winning streak going.  Weather reports call for about a 100% chance of rain tonight at about 5 p.m., so if you know any sun dances, help us out and dance away please!!  At least there’s no tarp pull for visiting radio guys 😉

Rain or shine we will roll along with Crawdads Countdown tonight at 6:45pm, unless the game is postponed beforehand.  So, be sure to keep an eye on hickorycrawdads.com throughout the day for any updates on that.

Look forward to talking to you all in a couple of hours – Go Crawdads!

~Andrew

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