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Originally published: 2014-06-06 16:54:15
Last modified: 2014-06-06 16:54:59

Dunnigan to ump 2-A baseball title series

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga County baseball umpire Bobby Dunnigan will be returning to the state championships this weekend.

Dunnigan was selected to be on the umpiring crew that will officiate the state 2-A championship series between western regional champion Bunker Hill and eastern regional champ Midway.

The series, which is the best of three, will be at UNCG beginning at 8 p.m. today with a single game.
The series continues Saturday with a game at 2 p.m. Another game, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, will be played if necessary.

"It feels good to go back," Dunnigan said. "Rarely am I nervous, but butterflies are normal. I've had a lot of experience with it."

This is not the first time Dunnigan has worked a series final in his 36-year career. He's done the 1993 1-A state finals in baseball, and did the 2000 state 4-A championship game in football as the head linesman.

Dunnigan also was an umpire during the Junior College Super Regionals in Sumter, S.C., this season.
Dunnigan got the call from the state supervisor of officials Mark Dreibelbis, a former Boone resident, a week ago. Gerald Trexler, the area assigner of officials, referred him to Dreibelbis.

Dunnigan said he would be partnered with Randy Vestal, Jamie Payne and Eldon Burgess. He said the crew has worked two times together this season.

"I'm very flattered and very honored," Dunnigan said. "There are many deserving umpires in our group, so I'm honored to be the one selected."

Dunnigan said the crew participated in a conference call to go over all of the protocol that goes with working a championship series.

The crew will also meet before the game and then afterward to discuss any calls or circumstances that happened during the game.

Dunnigan said the approach to working a baseball game is similar to working a football game.
"The mechanics for working the games are different in each sport, but the process is the same," he said.

UNCG is also the site of the state 4-A finals between West Forsyth and Richmond Senior. The first game is at 5 p.m. today, and the second game is at 11 a.m. Saturday.

If necessary, the third game will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday.