THE MONTH IN SPORTS: MAY

THE MONTH IN SPORTS: MAY

May is always a special month when it comes to the sports realm. It can either be an absolute bliss or a complete bummer. You see, for any high school or college baseball fans out there, May is the month that literally makes or breaks the entire season. In years past, we’ve watched some schools reach the pinnacle and come home with state championship, or even national championship, hardware. In some cases we’ve even watched some schools come up short in heartbreaking fashion. And as far as 2013 goes, in which I’ve chosen to honor our local college baseball team, it was heartbreaking… Not just one local institution; but three, saw their season end at the hands of a conference foe in the league’s much anticipated postseason tournament by one measly run. Yes, that’s correct- all three of our schools here in the Big Country: ACU, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry were on the wrong end of a dramatic victory that extended a season in cinema-caliber fashion… {{more}} ACU, looking to put a special bow on their 40th -and final- season at the NCAA Division II level fell in the bottom of the ninth in the conference semifinal to San Angelo State University, 4-3. The Wildcats were just a little offense -and defense- away from reaching the championship series and extending their season to play teams they’ve already been successful against earlier in the year. We can only look forward now to what lies ahead. On July 1, of 2013 ACU will officially enter the lexicon of the D-1 platform… May the valiant purple haze prance forth competitively in their new outlet for years to come. ACU finished 29-24; their final look in the lower-level. As for McMurry they were a step ahead of ACU, competing their first year in Division II this season and a valiant effort they put forth indeed. The War Hawks finished 23-27, losing also 4-3 after St. Mary’s managed a bottom of the ninth walk-off hit that proved to be McMurry’s kiss of death on their initial season at the new level. However at least next year the War Hawks will be eligible to play in the postseason rather than compete in the National Christian College Association’s makeshift playoff format, the generic consolation the women’s volleyball team won, and it’s always great to be national champs of anything but we really would’ve liked to see how well they would’ve done in the D2 playoffs with the squad they had this year. Ohh’ what might’ve been, and I apologize for the digression but that statement is long overdue in the world of the local sports writer. Last but not least Hardin-Simmons was victimized in the same way to conference opponent UT-Tyler 11-10 and also in the conference tournament semis. Perhaps there’s a stigma floating around Abilene when it comes to college baseball teams that dress in purple and black this year. HSU went 22-20 on the year and saw two of their players recognized with not just Conference honors but Regional as well. Infielder Marcus Uechi was named to the All-Region team along with flame-thrower Tyler Brunneman. If you’ve been to a HSU game this year and have seen Brunneman pitch it’s like watching a Major League Pitcher throwing to a team of middle school players as some sort of spectacle or demonstration of skill and dominance. He’s that good and his fastball is rumored to be in the 94-98 MPH range. Perhaps we’ll see him playing in the majors before too long. But he still has another season of College ball to play if he chooses to stick and stay rather than sign a minor-league contract, which is definitely in the cards. For those of you that may have been hoping for some other sort of twist on this month’s column I apologize and like I usually mention, one column, once a month, can’t please everyone… Feel free to email me at Charismatic31@sbcglobal.net if you have a particular momentum you would like to see for an upcoming publication. Or if you just want to tell me how awful of a sports humorist and writer that I am, I’m open to constructive criticism as well. Now one thing I can promise you however, if you’re getting tired of the local college and high school stuff you’ve been getting the past months here, you’re in luck because June and July are summer months and of course there’s no summer competition in high school or college sports, unless we encounter an accolade that just can’t go without recognition-which is always fun to make noteworthy, but until then be sure to wear your sunscreen and keep hydrated here under the Big Country sun; and when it comes to your West Texas Tribune sports column… Stay thirsty my friends.