Local veterans take on umpiring

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Billy McGinnis, left, and Larry Varnardo talk before the second game of a double-header between Portales and Dexter softball teams on April 27. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A voice rings out over the crowd during a softball game in eastern New Mexico. “You’re out!,” shouts the umpire as […]

Players turn to umpiring

Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said normal […]