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Baseball means spring

By By Chandler Myers
The first pitches of the 2010 baseball and softball were thrown out yesterday as two area high schools opened their seasons Tuesday.
The Escambia County Blue Devils opened the spring sporting season with a home game against the Flomaton Hurricanes, while the Lady Devils began their season with a game against the Northview Lady Chiefs at Tom Byrne Park.
The Northview Chiefs held their opening day game against Pensacola High School.
The results of each of these games will be featured in Saturday’s edition of The Atmore Advance.
Readers might have noticed that today’s edition previews for Northview’s baseball and softball teams.
These were scheduled to run over the weekend to give readers an idea of what the teams would be like when the took the field yesterday.
The reason they did not run in Saturday’s paper is because the section was postponed due to the unforeseen weather conditions that plagued our community.
The snow was certainly nice to see on Friday though.
It was a nice change from the rain that has seemed to fall almost endlessly the last couple of months.
Warmer weather will be much nicer when it arrives though because I’m sure almost everyone is ready to break out the short-sleeve shirts and shorts.
The arrival of baseball does make me smile though because that means the warmer weather of spring is just around the corner.
When spring comes, so will Major League Baseball.
I’m hoping that the Atlanta Braves continue the run that they made during the end of the 2009 season, which saw them fall just a few games short of making the playoffs.
I have always been a Braves fan, and I hope I get the chance to make it to a game at Turner Field this season.
I’m also hoping that they somehow sign Johnny Damon.
He would be a nice addition to the top of their order as well as their outfield.
Just thinking about spring and baseball puts a grin on my face.
I also hope that all of the teams in the area play well in their regions, areas or districts and reach the playoffs.
That would bring some great news for all of the schools.
Here’s to hoping spring gets here in a hurry.
Chandler Myers is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123 or by e-mail at sports@atmoreadvance.com.