Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

So, what exactly does a prep sportswriter do when school is out? I can’t tell you how many people have asked me that question since we wrapped up the spring season. Well, the answer isn’t as complicated as you might think. We don’t get shipped off to the Federated States of Micronesia to cover cricket and we don’t end up in Brazil covering beach volleyball (trust me when I say that I’m not opposed to that idea AT ALL).

So what’s the answer. Well, for starters, we all take a little time off. It’s a long haul from August to June and the batteries need a little recharging. Once we’re back at full speed, summer gives us an opportunity to pursue some avenues that we don’t get a chance to explore during the regular season. For me, a fun summer exercise is to follow local baseball players who are toiling in the minor leagues.

Just in the past few days, I’ve caught up with some guys I enjoyed watching in high school. How about De La Salle grad Clayton Tanner? On June 12 for the Giants single-A affiliate Augusta, Tanner tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowed three runs and struck out eight. After the start, Tanner stood at 8-2 with a 2.47 ERA. Try Atlanta Braves farmhand and Monte Vista grad Jeff Lyman on for size. Pitching for the Rome Braves, Lyman went 7 innings, allowed three runs and struck out seven to pick up a victory on June 14. The fun never stops.

Now that I’ve geeked out over the dog days of summer, I feel compelled to remind you that August is right around the corner and football season is coming soon. For proof of that, look no further than our message board. Several readers have already chosen who will be the Diablo Foothill Athletic League champion for 2007. Just you wait. It’ll be here before you know it.
– Ben Enos