The Friday night game I only heard bits & pieces of while on the road, but I got the chance to watch the entirety of the Saturday and Sunday games...and I came away very impressed. Lane Mestepey gave up one run over 5+ innings if I'm not mistaken in his first action in over one year...He didn't have the command that you'd like to see, but then again, he was busy shaking the rust off. I think that he's going to "re-blossom" so to speak, back into the pitcher we saw as an 18 and 19 year old young man for the Purple and Gold... In other pitching news, from what I saw, when Dirks has confidence in that big breaking ball he throws, he can be very effective. He also looks a LOT more mature than a 19 year old...He looks more like he just got off a 14 day shift on a rig out in the gulf or something. I was very impressed with this guy, and I hope that he can perhaps fill the gap as our Sunday starter. With what I saw out of Determan last year at the end, I'm guessing that he might be our midweek starter, and be the guy the prep if someone goes down to injury or suffers a bout of ineffectiveness. Nate Bumstead went right around 3 innings, and got into some trouble, and even gave up a tater, but hopefully, if he's not sore, his confidence will bloom and he will become-like Mestepey-more effective as the season wears on. I don't know if anyone else was watching, but it looked as if Nate was short-arming and holding off on his throws at first, and that's where a lot of his trouble came from. I think that's more of a confidence issue with the health of his arm being in question. Another example would be him shaking off all those signs in the early going. He got confident later on and actually started heaving it, and at one point, was overthrowing...All good signs. As for the bats, everyone here knows we're going to be okay...and fielding, the only question mark I see is Nacaratta's armstrength at third. That could be a problem, though his fielding to me seems to be a strength. The ONLY coaching problem I saw was Smoke trying to bunt early on Saturday. There was a wild pitch, and then the runner on first moved to second. Smoke STILL had the bunt on...Why? Was he thinking that the bunt would have moved the runner on first to third before the wild pitch? I guess that "small ball" stuff that crops up from time to time kind of puzzles me. With the sticks we've got, we truly have no need to take the bats out of our hitter's hands.