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Sports Notebook: Free flying

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No foolin’. Old Glory was flying free, flat and wild in the gusty winds down the left-field line at a Marshall High School home baseball game the afternoon of April Fools’ Day.

The American flag certainly was easy to find in the sky that day during the national anthem.

The photo of the flag shown with this blog was an indication that the wind was definitely blowing out and to the left during that contest. So any fly ball hit high into the wind, might just drift over the fence, even if not well hit. A foul ball down the right field line had the potential to be blown back into fair territory.

There was one homer hit during the game, wind-aided or not, in a contest won by the visiting Herndon Hornets, 9-3.


The wind, gusting to 40 mph that afternoon, eased a bit as the game went on, with that flag occasionally drooping low for a few seconds. Most of the time, though, Old Glory was flying straight out in the wind.

That was neat to see, despite the annoying wind.

– Dave Facinoli


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