April showers were missing this year, but the Lexington Legends have been blooming in May.
With no rainouts – not even a delay – during the April schedule, the Legends compiled a 9-16 record.
But they have turned it around in May, and with two games left on the May schedule, they have a 16-10 record for the month, and are going into the May 30 game just one game under the .500 mark for the season at 25-26.
Even with the May 11 promotion of Chris DeVito, who was leading the South Atlantic League in home runs and RBI and in the top five in batting average, the Legends as a team have a batting average of .266 for the month, 20 points higher than their April mark.
Catcher Meibrys Viloria, the Most Valuable Player in the Pioneer League in 2016 after hitting .376 for Idaho Falls, started slowly for Lexington, but after batting .186 in April, has hit .324 for May. Pitcher Jace Vines, after losing his first two decisions, has five wins, three saves and a no-decision in his last nine appearances. He is 4-0 with a 2.25 earned run average in May.
“We’ve got a lot of good young kids here that are doing a great job,” said manager Scott Thorman. “They’re coming to play every day, they’re doing exactly what we need them to do — and they’re putting some wins together, which is nice.”
The rain did finally intervene in May, with two rainouts on the most recent homestand.
Tebow time: Tim Tebow and the Columbia Fireflies made their first appearance at Whitaker Bank Ballpark for a four-game series May 25-28. The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner played in three of the games and was 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts. Fans turned out in big numbers, with crowds of over 7,000 Thursday, Friday and Sunday, topped by 8,185 Friday night. The Saturday night game was rained out, and was made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday.