Who said it wasn’t baseball weather?
Less than a day after a foot of snow was dumped on Faribault, the Bethlehem Academy baseball team decided to make the most of the frozen tundra.
In the wake of Monday’s canceled game against United South Central, the Cardinals held an intrasquad scrimmage on the Back 40 field adjacent to the school instead.
Orange bases glimmered in the white snow. Yellow rubber batting cage baseballs were the game ball du jour, though lobbing snow balls was far more popular.
The four-inning, lighthearted scrimmage saw Team Hittin’ Dingers come away with the 5-4 win against Team Never Bunt. BA coach Kevin Harman joined in on the fun and was part of the winning squad along with the chosen MVP, Spencer Ell.
“It feels amazing,” Ell said, hamming it up a bit after he came a home run away from hitting for the cycle. “It feels like winning the battle royale in Fortnite.”
The Cardinals have yet to play a regulation game, but their chirps were in midseason form.
“You look like half of a traffic cone,” hollered one player to another about his orange snow pants.
“You’re off the team if you don’t get a hit here,” Harman prodded one of his players.
Any foul balls that bounded into the adjoining neighborhood were met with a walk of shame to retrieve the wayward sphere.
“Those are expensive!” Harman exclaimed.
Harman got Monday’s idea from Brent Hawkins from his days coaching as an assistant for Faribault High School. The Falcons made the most of the wake of a May snowstorm back in 2013 and Harman thought this would break up the monotony of more indoor practice.
Jack Jandro was the winning pitcher for BA and Jack Clark locked down the save. Both were part of a celebratory dog pile on the first base line to commemorate the win.
BA’s next scheduled game on the real diamond is Saturday afternoon in Houston, though a start date closer to May appears more realistic.
Until then, Team Hittin’ Dingers sits proudly atop the standings.