Six things to know about Saturday’s baseball broadcast

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The basics:

Who: Brighton vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer, doubleheader, first pitch 2 p.m.

Where: Brighton High School

Broadcast: On The Livingston Post, starting at 1:50 p.m.

What’s at stake

It’s the season and home opener for Brighton, after a scheduled twin bill with Fowlerville was drowned in Thursday’s deluge of rain and snow. “We’re looking forward to it,” Brighton coach Charlie Christner said. “The guys are tired of being inside and they’re tired of me hitting grounders and fly balls. They want someone (else) to hit it live at them.”

Where student meets athlete

The doubleheader was originally set for 11 a.m., but both teams have juniors taking the ACT today. “This way, the juniors can take the ACT without worrying, and it’s going to be warmer at 2 than it usually is at 11,” Christner said.

Opening strategies

Christner plans to use plenty of pitchers, and ace Cameron Tullar might see an inning of work. “There are some new faces who will be out there for the firs time,” Christner said. “We’ll see how they handle the opportunity and whether they look ready. I think they are. We’re comfortable with a few positions, but there are a few where we need to figure out who will occupy them this season. The biggest thing is not letting the game speed up on them. We think of baseball as slow, but if you panic, it can speed up on you real quick. We want them to relax and have fun. They’ve been playing for a long time. They’ll be ready.”

Busy week

After today’s doubleheaders, Brighton plays host to Waterford Kettering in its KLAA West opener on Monday, plays two at Pinckney on Wednesday, and plays host to Lakeland on Thursday. “We’re going to play a lot of baseball in the next week,” Christner said.

Sunny outlook

The forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures near 60. “I’m looking forward to being outside when it’s 55 or warmer,” Christner said, then joked, “I’m counting on it. It’s supposed to be a great day.”

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