Carter's Call for April 11, 2012

April's here and that means pro baseball returns for Lynchburg and Salem!

As I type, we're just four games into the season but the Hillcats are looking strong, 4-0, building some good early-season confidence with four straight home wins. Salem is 1-and-3, but the Red Sox have two more games in Lynchburg before playing their home opener Friday the 13th against Myrtle Beach.

If you've seen a Hillcats game this season, you've seen how nice the field looks again this year! Field Manager Darren Johnson pours his heart and soul into keeping Calvin Falwell Field always looking great. He's well-respected throughout the Carolina :League, we're lucky to have him in Lynchburg.

Several area college baseball teams are having super years. Lynchburg College leads the ODAC and takes a 12-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at Hampden-Sydney. The Hornets are 26-and-6 and lead the nation in hits and runs for Division 3.

Liberty ran its record to 28-and-8 with a Tuesday night home win over JMU. The Flames have a killer road stretch straight ahead, their next nine games away from home.

UVa has won its last 14 home games, the Cavaliers look to be picking up steam after sweeping Wake Forest three straight over the weekend. The Cavs are 22-10-and-1 entering Wednesday night's home game against George Washington.

The Hokies have struggled in the ACC at 5-and-10, but they're 23-and-12 overall after Tuesday night's road win at Radford. Tech has won five in a row heading into this weekend's big three-game home series against the Miami Hurricanes.

College basketball, congratulations to the national champion Kentucky Wildcats. I know they were most fans' favorite to win it all going into the Big Dance, but I really thought they would fall short of the title.

I had them making the final in my bracket, but losing to North Carolina in the championship game. The Tar Heels, though, got bounced by Kansas in the Elite Eight. You have to wonder with Carolina how much better would the Heels have fared in those final games if Kendall Marshall could have played. Would it have been enough to carry Carolina to a championship?

We'll never know. But as all players and coaches know, injuries are a part of the game. Sometimes they come at the worst possible time. Just ask Carolina's Roy Williams.