In my other, non-blogging life, I'm a baseball fan, or better, a grumpy traditionalist that hates the direction of much that constitutes the professional version (you mean there is another?), but can't shake my boyhood experience with baseball that forever etched the national pastime into my consciousness and being. Having said that, a few readers know of my interest in said sport and also know that my son Mark (orgininator of GMBO, the genius behind Everyday Yeah and Mind Salt) is a pretty fair college player and will be leading his Wheaton Lyons into action tonight at 8 pm, in Harwich, Mass., in the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional.
For those who have an interest in catching the action via the wonders of the world wide web, here is a release from Scott Dietz, Wheaton's SID.
Each of Wheaton's NCAA Regional Tournament baseball contests to be webcast
May 16, 2006
NORTON, MA- Each of the Wheaton College baseball team's NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament games will be webcast through D3Cast, beginning with the top-seeded Lyons' opening contest Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. The webcast will include both audio and video and be available through dc3cast.com.
RealPlayer will be required to access the free webcasts, which will be available as live links on the front page of D3Cast and in the archive section of the site approximately 30 minutes after each game. The D3Cast staff will provide play-by-play and color commentary for each of the tournament's contests.
The seven-team, double-elimination tournament will be held at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, and Wheaton opens play by taking on the winner of tomorrow's 9:30 a.m. game between Salem State College and the University of Southern Maine.
Wheaton, which is ranked sixth nationally and first in New England by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), brings a 35-8 overall mark into the NCAA Tournament. The Lyons are making their sixth NCAA appearance in the past seven seasons after only being elevated to varsity status in 1998.
Wheaton won its eighth New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title in the league's eight seasons and notched its seventh postseason tournament crown to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.