By: Barry Mabry & Cory Welch – October 23, 2018
On the final night of the 2018 version of the Upstate Fall League, DP settled in at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, home of the Clemson Tigers. Tonight, 80 players came together to form the four teams that locked horns in two seven innings exhibition games. Over the course of the last 6+ weeks, 131 contests have taken place ranging from Oconee to Cherokee and down to Greenwood County. These final two games are served to honor those 80 kids that stood out throughout the fall.
Abundant sunshine and temperatures on par with late October filled the air as players started filing in to the facility just before 4:00. After the first rush of players entered the park, in/out for the first game took place at 5:10 and the first bolt of the evening was fired at 5:30. Following game one, the second contest was underway after another round of in/out at 8:00. Both contests were completed just under the allotted two-hour mark.
Tip of the Cap I: DP would like to thank Head Coach Monte Lee and his supporting staff at Clemson that take the time to host this event. For nine years running we have been fortunate to have such solid support from the Tiger staff and want to give a huge shout out to them. Thank you for another great night of baseball.
Tip of the Cap II: DP would also like to thank the following who make the entire fall league a success each and every year. First and foremost, our chief ump Steve Cooper and his plethora of umpires he provides. This group of men didn’t miss a beat all season and the professionalism they possess doesn’t go unnoticed. Secondly, we would like to thank all the high school coaches/fall league coaches for their support and hard work throughout the season. None of this is possible without you guys.
FSU Fight Song: If you were in attendance for game one, for about 3 innings straight you could hear the FSU fight song blaring from the indoor football facility as the #2 Tigers prepare for this Saturday’s conference battle in Tallahassee, FL. It was a pretty cool moment as we all understood the importance of preparing to play in FSU’s hostile environment.