This Week in SAGU Sports
Baseball Lions, Softball Lady Lions in action
Springtime brings newness, blooms, showers
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Popular sports that spring-up like perennials are America’s pastime – baseball, and its’ cousin, softball. You can feel it in the air and sense it in your spirit!
The late Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, spoke of the inevitable season that has already sent bluebonnets to Texas roadways.
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”
The baseball and softball teams at Southwestern Assemblies of God University began the 2012 season in late January, though both have traversed through a maze of precipitation.
Their schedules are near the midway point and the weather continues to influence their itineraries.
English playwright Frances Hodgson Burnett described this season in her famous children’s story, The Secret Garden.
“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?" "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine.”
The men’s baseball team has six games on tap between Tuesday and Saturday. Weather permitting.
They will travel 135 miles southwest on Tuesday to Brownwood to play a doubleheader against Howard Payne University. It is set to start at 2:00pm. A decision will be made by 10:00am regarding the field conditions and the playability of the twinbill.
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The Lions have four home games slated for the rest of the week – all held at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. Fans are invited to attend. Admission is free to the general public.
Wednesday afternoon the Lions will play host to Manhattan Christian College in a solo game set for 3:00pm. It could become a doubleheader if Tuesday’s contests are washed out. The Crusaders, 25-25 last spring, are from Kansas. They have won four of their last five games.
SAGU will entertain Bacone College for a 3-game series this weekend; a 2:00pm solo game on Friday, followed by a pair of games on Saturday. The double-dip will start at noon. Bacone (BAY-kohn), from Muskogee, Oklahoma, is 17-11 overall.
Head Coach Jon Shockley’s team is healthy and will activate a new pitcher this week.
Lady Lions Softball
The SAGU Lady Lions fast-pitch softball team, idle for over two weeks, has a three-game road trip to Hobbs, New Mexico on March 23-24. It is a seven-hour, 415-mile trip westward.
They will play the University of the Southwest, 10-10, at 7:00pm (CST) on Friday and have a twinbill set for a 1:00pm (CST) start on Saturday.
Tim Grant, the Head Coach, is leading a cast of young players through their inaugural season in the Red River Athletic Conference.
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