Five things about today’s Fowlerville-Brighton twin bill — with broadcast link

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The basics

• Who: Fowlerville at Brighton

• Where: Brighton High School, doubleheader.

• When: 4 p.m.

• Broadcast: On The Livingston Post at about 3:45 p.m.

• Records: Fowlerville is 10-0-1, Brighton is 6-1

What happened Wednesday?

Brighton took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Austin Ford singled and scored on a triple to right center by Rudy Ramirez, who scored on a wild pitch by Howell starter Evan Maize. He got the start when Sam Weatherly was scratched due to a blister. In the top of the second, the Highlanders loaded the bases with one out when the skies opened. The game was suspended at that point and will resume at 4 p.m. Friday.

Why not play Thursday?

Rain again is in the forecast, and the prospects of getting the Fowlerville-Brighton twin bill in aren’t good. Friday’s forecast calls for sun and a high around 55.

What’s up with Fowlerville?

The Gladiators are off to a blazing start under first-year coach Matt Hunt, a former Howell standout who spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Cleary University. “We’re doing a lot of things right,” Hunt said. “We play with a lot of energy, a lot of heart, we have good pitching and phenomenal defense.” The Gladiators are stinging the ball, too; they scored eight and nine runs in a sweep of  East Lansing on Tuesday.

What can fans expect?

A search for an umbrella, just in case, for starters. You won’t see either team’s top guns pitch, but you’ll probably see more guys on each team seeing action as both coaches try to get an idea of what to expect as the halfway mark of the regular season appears. Fowlerville and Brighton have played each other a few times over the years, either in the former Lee Shelander Classic or occasional games between the districts and regionals to break up the practice regimen. It should be a good matchup, if Mother Nature allows.

Non-conference, but not a day off

“It’s been a good week for us,” Hunt said. “We’re running deep (into the bench) but hopefully some guys can step up. This will be a true test to see how good our team is. … We have an eager group that wants to play the best. It’s a good opportunity for us to play some good competition in the KLAA. Brighton is a step up from the teams we’ve played the last two weeks.

 

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