Pass-time in Foul Territory

The game of baseball has several nuances, details and moments that happen outside the foul lines and on the diamond. These details give the game it’s nostalgic power and beauty though they¬†are often unseen. This essay is a compilation of images taken during home games at Nick Denes Field for the 2013 season of the WKU Hilltopper baseball team.

Spraying Home Plate

March 3, 2013 – Grounds crewmen, Matthew Dompreh, paints home late before the start of a series vs Southern Illinois in Bowling Green, Ky.

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February 15, 2013 – WKU Graduate Assistant, Casey Dykes, prepares the field before opening day of the Toppers 2013 baseball season on an abnormally warm February day. The Toppers lost to Bowling Green in the 10th inning 10-9.

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February 22, 2013 – The scoreboard at “The Nick” stands in right field just two minutes before the first pitch of the series opener Friday night against Central Michigan.

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March 8, 2013 – Members of the WKU baseball team line up for the National Anthem before their game Friday afternoon against Virginia Military Institute.

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February 27, 2013 – A group of baseballs line the fence of the dugout while a cold rain falls during a game vs Belmont.

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February 15, 2013 – Pre-game swings, before opening day of the Toppers 2013 baseball season.

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February 15, 2013 – The team comes together for a prayer before the start of every game.

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February 27, 2013 – Freshmen, Thomas Peter pulls on his batting gloves in between innings during a game against Belmont in Bowling Green, KY.

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February 27, 2013 – Blake Crabtree (center) walks to pick up his bat after if fell to the ground during a pre-game swing drill.

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March 8, 2013 – Members of the Toppers baseball team lean over the dugout rail during a game vs WMI on Friday afternoon.

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February 27, 2013 – Matt Paculan, aslo known as “Pacman” by his teammates, blows on his hands in attempt to stay warm during an extra inning game vs Belmont. The Toppers went on to loose 7-6 in 11 innings.

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February 15, 2013 – David Simmons, also known as “Simba” by his teammates, warms his hands next to the space heater in the dugout during a game vs Bowling Green.

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February 27, 2013 – Blake Crabtree grabs a bat from the outfield wall during a pre-game swing drill.

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March 8, 2013 – Catcher, Devin Kelly sits in the dugout awaiting his first at-bat of a game against Virginia Military Institute.

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March 8, 2013 – Regan Flaherty juggles 3 baseballs to pass the time between innings during a game against Virginia Military Institute.

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February 27, 2013 – Dirt from the infield is caked on the legs of two teammates during a game against Belmont.

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March 8, 2013 – WKU starting pitcher, Tanner Perkins shakes his head in frustration after giving up 3 runs in 6 innings on Friday. The Toppers went on to win the game for him scoring a season high 13 runs to beat Virginia Military Institute 13-6.

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March 8, 2013 – Scott Willcox sits frustrated on the bench after an at-bat during a game Friday against Virginia Military Institute.

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February 22, 2013 – The sun sets on a game at “The Nick” while a Central Michigan pitcher Dylan Rheault takes a few warm-up pitches in between innings during a game against WKU in Bowling Green, Ky.

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February 22, 2013 – Adam Leville claps after a scoreless inning during a game against Central Michigan University in Bowling Green, Ky.

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March 20, 2013 – Trevor Lowe walks through the dugout during a game against Lipscomb. The Toppers went on to loose in 10 innings 5-4.

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