Baseball Heaven

Rarely do I have the time in my schedule as of late to shoot a lot of one thing but I made time and worked around a couple things so I could shoot all 3 baseball games in the UK vs. UT series at Cliff Hagan Stadium. All the games were incredible for photos and overall exciting games. Heres some of the best from the weekend:

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Kentucky Baseball vs. Tennessee

This weekend I got to shoot a lot of baseball, which I love. In the past, I have shot all the action and this time around wanted to shoot something different. I ventured around a lot and got some angles I had never shot and played with some light.

The national anthem is always a cool moment to capture and shoot. Luckily I got to capture one of Kentucky’s pitchers Corey Littrell’s moment during the national anthem. It turned out being my favorite shot of the night and really shows it not always about the game, this much more to sports.

Junior starting pitcher Corey Littrell takes a moment during the national anthem prior to Kentucky's game against Tennessee at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington , KY on April, 13, 2013. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

Junior starting pitcher Corey Littrell takes a moment during the national anthem prior to Kentucky’s game against Tennessee at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington , KY on April, 13, 2013. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

Frisbee Fun

Finally since last fall the weather is finally  coming around. The weather has been in the mid-70′s and 80′s for the majority of the week so luckily I was able to get out and shoot some students catching some sun. Students have been out and about studying in the sun and overall just a buzz around campus.

I was lucky to stumble upon some students playing frisbee on Stoll Field. The students were fun to shoot and it was nice to be out in the sun shooting. Here’s my favorite below:

Sophomore Davis Barrios and Senior Keith McMunn  play frisbee on Stoll Field in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

Sophomore Davis Barrios and Senior Keith McMunn play frisbee on Stoll Field in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

Mays visits Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Graduate student Julius Mays visits 8-year-old Ethan Crawford at Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Mays met with children and presented the children with a signed mini-basketball. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

Graduate student Julius Mays visits 8-year-old Ethan Crawford at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Mays met with children and presented the children with a signed mini-basketball. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

UK graduate student and former basketball player Julius Mays visited children in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital in the progressive care unit Wednesday.

Mays met with the children and presented each of them with a signed mini-basketball.

“Just being able to have the opportunity is amazing,” Mays said. “I have a daughter of my own and to see these kids in unfortunate situations that they weren’t asked to be in or to see them here and still fighting for their lives … it means a lot.”

Mays met with children like 8-year-old Ethan Crawford, who is recovering from having his esophagus removed.

Crawford and the other children were excited to see and talk with Mays.

“To have a little conversation and tell him hello and show them that someone cares about them — I think it makes them feel good about themselves and hopefully gives them a little push to keep fighting,” Mays said. “It lets everyone know its not just about basketball … but to come back to the community and (give back) like this is great.”

Mays was also asked about Louisville guard Kevin Ware, who broke his leg in Louisville’s Elite 8 matchup with Duke on Sunday.

“You don’t wish that on anybody whether it’s an opposing team or your team, someone you even hate,” Mays said. “My (advice) to him is make sure you do your rehab and keep fighting … stay mentally strong and when that rough time hits keep on pushing.”

Mays, a graduate student who transferred from Wright State University and played for UK for one season, spoke about his future plans after leaving Lexington.

“(I am) looking to continue to play and test that and see how it goes and … give it a try and if it doesn’t go how I want it to I can try to break my way into coaching and continue school.”