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RiverCat Journal : Peoria Sports Complex

Posted by on March 20, 2013

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Current Venue:  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa
Visiting : Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, AZ

Peoria Sports Complex is home to the Padres and Mariners.  After seeing a small crowd at the Rangers-Royals game, I wasn’t expecting over 11,000 fans at this one!  But it seems Giants and Cubs are consistently the big draws in the Cactus League.

peoria sports complex, lawn seats

I couldn’t resist the speed-pitch contest!

peoria sports complex, radar gun

The $1 entry goes to charity, and then winners in each age category receive a t-shirt.  The radar seemed a little “suspect” to me.  My first throw was just a warmup at 71 so I figured I at least had a chance of the 76 mph top-score in the old-folks category.  My next pitch was easily my fastest and I thought for sure I was the new leader — the reading said 10 mph!  Ooook.  Apparently the machine is not capable of 3-digit readouts — I’m sure it was 100 mph.  My last pitch I bounced it for a 46 mph reading.  Oops.

Here’s Seattle’s Michael Morse…

peoria sports complex, outfield

My section…

peoria sports complex, scoreboard

Much of the entertainment this evening on the lawn was an unnaturally large moth terrorizing the spectators.  Finally a young lady won my admiration when she casually picked it up citing that moths don’t bite.  Very true.  But she lost my respect a tiny bit when she returned the moth to the wild — 50 feet away.  Yeah, right, that’ll work.

I believe this would be the closest game I’ve seen in the Cactus League, incredibly enough.  There were a couple lead changes but even this one was pretty much over by the 8th inning…

Final Score : Seattle Mariners  6,  San Francisco Giants  3

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