• Who: Howell at Brighton, doubleheader
• Where: At Brighton High School
• Time: 4 p.m.
• Broadcast: The Livingston Post, beginning at 3:45 p.m.
• Records: Howell is 3-4 overall, 2-2 KLAA West; Brighton is 6-1, 4-1.
They’re Not Cops, But You Should Still Drive Carefully
Howell lefthander Sam Weatherly, a left-handed pitcher who has signed with Clemson, has drawn a collection of major league scouts for his starts this season, armed with radar guns to track his pitches. A large crowd is expected, with parking at a premium. “If the weather’s half-decent, we think a lot of people will be there, which will be exciting for our guys,” Brighton coach Charlie Christner said.
At game time, the forecast calls for cloudy skies and 68 degrees, with a 10 mph wind out of the west. As sunset nears, the chances of rain increase, including scattered thunderstorms. “If you hear thunder or see lightning, it’s a 30-minute delay,” Christner said. “I’d almost rather have a light rain.” Thursday is a possible makeup day, although Brighton has a doubleheader scheduled with Fowlerville. Chances of rain Thursday afternoon are near 100 percent.
Shaking Things Down
Teams have been getting games in the last couple of weeks, giving coaches a chance to assess their talent. “We’re starting to ID our guys and where they fit in best for us,” Brighton coach Charlie Christner said. “Things are getting into a rhythm of who, what, where and when.”
Howell and Brighton have met in big games for most of a decade, including a game in the Division 1 quarterfinals in 2010. “Many of these guys play summer ball together,” Howell co-coach Jason Ladd said. “We know it’s going to come down to one pitch per game. Hopefully you make the right pitch and the right play at the right time.”
Schedule Heating Up
Should Brighton get the doubleheader in today, the Bulldogs face Fowlerville Thursday and Northville on Saturday with Walled Lake Northern Monday and Hartland next Wednesday. “We’ll be playing a lot of baseball and the toughest part of our schedule the next seven days,” Christner said. Howell, meanwhile, begins a stretch where it plays at Adrian on Saturday, the first of up to nine Saturdays in a row, should they get to the state finals.