I finally got some time to track down how our area's professional baseball players did to start the season out in April.
Here's a day-by-day look and what the local guys did during April:
5 Drew Heid (Walla Walla CC) goes 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored as Inland Empire (Angels) defeated Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) 6-5 in the Class A California League.
5 Darrell Ceciliani (CBC) goes 1-for-5 and steals two bases in a 3-2 loss for the St. Lucie Mets against the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates) in the Florida State League.
6 Travis Buck (Richland) hits a pinch-hit double for the Houston Astros in a 5-3 loss to Colorado.
8 Shawn OMalley (Southridge) hits a solo homer and adds a sacrifice fly to help lead the Durham Bulls (Rays) over the Gwinnett Braves (Braves) 7-4 in the Triple-A International League.
9 Buck goes 1-for-5 with a double and two RBIs as the Astros roll over the Atlanta Braves 8-3.
9 Ceciliani has a monster game for St. Lucie, going for 4-for-5 with a home run and triple, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays) in the FSL.
11 Steve Ames (CBC) tosses the final inning of shutout ball giving up one hit and striking out one as the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) beat the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins) 10-5 in the AA Southern League.
11 Heid hits a solo home run as Inland Empire beats Lake Elsinore (Padres) 4-2 in the Cal League.
11 Ceciliani is placed on the DL at St. Lucie with a hamstring strain.
14 Heid goes 2-for-3 with an RBI as host Inland Empire (Angels) beat High Desert (Mariners) 6-5 in the California League. Heid also starts a double play from his left field position, making a catch and then throwing the runner out trying to get back to first.
15 Jason Repko (Hanford) played in just four games for Triple-A Pawtucket (Red Sox) when he was called up to the big club.
15 Kyle Conley (Richland) is activated from the injured list and hits a solo home run for the Palm Beach Cardinals in a 10-1 loss to Bradenton (Pirates) in the Florida State League.
16 Buck goes 2-for-4 with a run scored, but the Astros lose to the Washington Nationals 6-3.
17 Heid goes 1-for-5 with a stolen base, but Inland Empire falls 3-2 to the Modesto Nuts (Rockies).
17 Travis Mattair (Southridge), picked up in the winter by the Cincinnati Reds through the Rule V Draft, went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Bakersfield Blazes 8-5 Calfornia League win over Visalia (Diamondbacks).
18 Starter Jorge Reyes (Warden) took the loss, but pitched well for Tucson (Padres) in a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) in Pacific Coast League play. Reyes scattered nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, but only gave up the two earned runs.
20 OMalley goes goes 1-for-4, driving in a run with a single and another with a sacrfice fly. But Durham (Rays) loses to Pawtucket (Red Sox) 15-10 in International League play.
21 Repko (seperated shoulder) is placed on the disabled list by the Red Sox.
21 St. Lucie activates Ceciliani from the DL.
21 The Cardinals send Conley to Springfield of the Double-A Texas League.
22 Ceciliani goes 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored as St. Lucie (Mets) beat the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) 9-8.
23 Ceciliani is put back on the DL by St. Lucie.
23 Heid goes 1-for-3, but Inland Empire gets routed by Lake Elsinore (Padres) 8-1 in the Cal League.
23 OMalley goes 1-for-3, but Durham loses to Pawtucket (Red Sox) 7-1 in International League play.
24 Eric OFlaherty (Walla Walla) picked up the victory in relief for Atlanta in a 4-3 win at Los Angeles. OFlaherty walked one and surrendered no runs or hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
24 Nyjer Morgan (Walla Walla CC) goes 3-for-5 and steals a base to lead Milwaukee over visiting Houston 9-6.
25 Buck hits a pinch-hit single in the ninth as the visiting Astros beat the Brewers 7-5.
26 Conley goes 1-for-4 with a double, but Springfield (Cardinals) loses to Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 6-3 in the Double-A Texas League.
28 Jorge Reyes (Warden) picks up his first victory of the season as visiting Tucson (Padres) beats Sacramento (Athletics) 6-4. Reyes goes five innings, scattering seven hits and striking out three.
29 Ames tosses an inning of scoreless relief, walking one and striking out one, as Chattanooga pounds Mobile (Diamondbacks) 8-2 in the Southern League.
29 Conley goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but Springfield drops another game, losing to Tulsa (Rockies) 3-2.
29 Heid goes 1-for-4 with a double as Inland Empire beats High Desert 3-0 in the California League.
30 OMalley scores the games only run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Durham a 1-0 win over visiting Indianapolis (Pirates) in International League play. OMalley was 1-for-3 and walked once.