Here we go again, to Michigan State University, and the high school softball state final four.
And for me…and Mike Dagenais…the success of the Escanaba Eskymos and Gladstone Braves means that we will both be away from home for a while.
Mike and I broadcast the Eskymos’ win over top-ranked Saginaw Swan Valley at Central Michigan University, while our partner, Jerry Root, was in Petoskey to bring you the Braves’ win over Calvin Christian.
With the Eskymos playing at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the semifinal, we couldn’t head home after tonight’s game. Instead, we will be living out of our suitcases for a few days. This is exciting!
I want to thank a lot of people for making these broadcasts possible, especially all of the LOCAL businesses who have sponsored our trip. Without their financial support, we literally couldn’t do it.
I want to thank Jerry for going to Petoskey and broadcasting an absolutely heartstopping Braves victory. MikeyD and I sat in the hotel parking lot here in Mt. Pleasant and listened to the end of Jerry’s finger-biting broadcast!
Thanks to Alize for being an outstanding board operator. She great job in putting both Jerry and I on the air for our games, and making sure everything ran smoothly.
Also, big kudos to our RRN Engineering Director, Justin Poquette, who helped me through a couple of technical problems (caused by me, by the way), as well as scrambling to make sure you could hear the games on our Internet streams. He worked quickly to make arrangements when we had problems with the usual stream.
And a huge thank you to Mike, for driving down here, keeping fluids in me, broadcasting with me, and taking video clips for RRNSports.com of the Eskymo game. We will do the same for both the Eskymos and Braves at MSU!
I also want to give a big high five to Don Curran and Susie Larson, who are keeping the RRN news department running while I’m down here. They work long hours as it is to make our stations sound good, and keep you informed. The extra effort is very much appreciated.
One last thing. I am a bit nostalgic about Battle Creek’s Bailey Park, where so many softball and baseball Final Four memories were made. One advantage of playing there was they had multiple fields, so you didn’t need to have semifinal games on Thursday. If the Eskymos and Braves both played Friday, we could have come home and worked for a day.
Having said that, though, the MHSAA decision to move the games to Michigan State University was a superb one. The kids are all treated like kings and queens when they make the final four, and the facilities are simply the best.
Will greet you next from East Lansing!