I was invited to photograph the CNY Thunder Classic baseball tournament again this year. Unlike last year when the weather was cool and damp, this year our summer has been hot and dry. While the fields at Rome Baseball Association have sprinklers to wet down the infield dirt between games, the Sun would soon dry them out.
Game galleries for this tournament will be available by clicking here: 2011 CNY Thunder Classic.
Each team played two games a day over the three day tournament with the championship teams playing an extra game. Still, the players went all out despite the conditions.
No player went home with a clean uniform. Dirt and dust was kicked up just by walking so when a play happened in the infield, players came up covered in dirt. Especially when a player would slide into home plate trying to score.
Not only was it hot for the players, the photographer got a lot of Sun after covering 13 games over the last two days of the tournament. 🙂