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Frozen turf and home runs at Hadlock Field

Up here in the frozen northeast, it can take some serious preparation for the baseball fan to endure early spring games. While most of the country is enjoying those warm breezes of April, fans in Maine still need to utilize the layers they wear to go to Patriots games.

Wicked cold and windy
Game time temperatures in April 2013 ranged from a low of 43 degrees on April 7 to a balmy 56 degrees on April 8 and 19. One early game had to be rescheduled because the playing field was frozen solid. April winds buffeted Hadlock ranging from a pleasant 5 mph to 16 mph. It takes a weather wise fan to survive these conditions. However, like being at a Pats game, watching Maine baseball in April is worth the effort.

Still hitting homers in April
Last April, fans who braved the cold, windy weather enjoyed watching home runs and amazing fielding in spite of the wintery conditions.

On April 4, it was 46 degrees with winds at 12 mph. In spite of this chilly mix, fans watched the Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees) hit four home runs: Kyle Roller (1B) in the first, J.R. Murphy (C) and Rob Segedin (3B) in the third and Neil Medchill (DH) in the seventh. The Sea Dogs also had a home run as Heiker Meneses (2B) slammed one out of the park up the middle in the second.

April 7, with a game time temp of 43 degrees and winds at 13 mph, the Sea Dogs hit four homers: Michael Almanzar (3B) in the fourth and eighth, Derrik Gibson (SS) in the fifth and Shannon Wilkerson (CF) in the fifth.

The cold April weather did not stop the Sea Dogs from showing some excellent fielding. The Dogs defense racked up 17 good plays during the month of April. Three of those good plays were on April 22 with a game time temp of 43 degrees and winds of 12 mph. Xander Bogaerts (SS) made a "bang-bang" throw to get an out in the first inning. Derrik Gibson (2B) did a nice leap and spinning throw in the seventh to prevent the runner from achieving additional bases. Then Bogaerts took away a hit by grabbing a grounder up the middle in the eighth inning.

While not for the faint of heart, baseball at Hadlock in April is still exciting. Pitchers will be reporting to spring training soon, and that means being able to see future baseball stars at Hadlock is just around the corner. Wear your snowboarding pants, don't forget to bring your glove and I'll see you at Hadlock in April.

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