The CBBN gets back into full swing this week after starting the season with a check swing two weeks ago.
Rain put a damper on the leaguer openers March 30 for both the 4A and 3A teams, postponing all but three league doubleheaders slated that day.
With spring break landing the next week, some teams will have to shake off the rust all over again as the gun sounds on the sprint to the playoffs over the next three weeks.
"It's been a couple of weeks for us," said Hanford coach Tom DeWitz, whose Falcons have not played in 17 days heading into today's doubleheader with Kennewick at Waits Field. "But we're alright. We've had some good practices. We're experienced; we've kept our focus."
Ironically, the Falcons are coming off a nonleague split with the Lions -- way back on March 23. DeWitz said this matchup will take on a different tone.
"No No. 1s," he said of the first meeting, when Kennewick's Stetson Plew and Hanford's Colin Serkowski had a day off from the mound. "We played hard, but it was nonleague, and both coaches were trying to do some things, I think, work on things and see what teams look like.
"This time will have a complete different feel."
The Falcons' doubleheader at Southridge that was rained out that gray Friday will be made up April 23 -- a Monday during a week when Hanford has the Tuesday off.
Chiawana didn't end up so lucky in its rescheduling plan.
The Riverhawks twinbill with Davis was rescheduled for Monday -- they were swept 3-2 and 7-2. But the timing couldn't be worse for Chiawana, off to a 6-4 start.
After playing the Pirates, the Riverhawks now entertain Richland today and travel to Walla Walla on Friday. About the only way to make this Dantaen week tougher would be to wedge in Wenatchee on weekend.
Stemp ranked 14th among shorstops: As if area fans and coaches -- and pitchers -- needed any more confirmation of Trek Stemp's prowess.
Kennewick's slugging senior is rated 14th in the nation among all high school shortstops, according to ESPN.
Stemp, who will continue the pipeline of Tri-Cities players to Washington State, ranked fourth among all players in the state and 44th in a region that stretches from California and Arizona all the way up to Alaska.
The No. 1-ranked Washington player is Camas catcher Clint Coulter, considered a can't-miss recruit for Arizona State who may go on the first day of baseball's draft.
Stemp, who got a lot of attention at the Area Code Games last summer, is off to another great start with the Lions, hitting .522 with four extra-base hits in 23 at-bats. Last season, he hit a .571 with an incredible 14 doubles, six triples and seven home runs.
Good exposure: Second-year Pasco baseball coach Tyler Hockaday has assigned some extra study sessions to his Bulldogs in the hopes of raising the program into playoff contention.
"I told them last Wednesday their homework was to watch CBC play, and take notes," Hockaday said, adding he figured a Columbia Basin squad that contends for the NWAACC title on a regular basis might be a good example for his kids.
"They noticed the hustling aspects -- throwing hard across the infield" while taking infield, Hockaday said, adding it is all about attitude.
"You might be the top guy on this team, but you go to CBC or some other college, and everybody was the top guy on his team."