Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area
Playing high school sports leaves an individual with a lifetime of memories. Stories you can re-talk and retell for years to come if anyone's willing to listen to them. I can still remember how my varsity basketball team was eliminated in the NorCal semi finals and how much it hurt that day, how close we were to the State Final and our goal. I also can remember my freshman year of football when we were supposed to be horrible but went on a win streak in the middle of the year which never seemed like it would end.
I can remember ski team trips, track meets, after season pool parties and that smell of fresh cut grass no matter what the sporting season. But today, the San Francisco City League baseball championship game will be held at AT&T Park where Lowell and Washington will face off on the big boy field. A game which should create a Mt. Tam sized pile of memories for these young men.
Playing at AT&T for these high schoolers is a dream come true in many cases. All these young men live within the city limits and therefore are most likely Giants fans I'd assume (with a healthy mix of A's fans I'm sure). But these baseballers have been attending Giants games at AT&T since they were youngsters and have learned the ins and outs of the park already. Now they get to play on the same surface Buster Posey plays on... Pablo Sandoval... Barry Bonds, Matt Cain, Jeff Kent, Aurilia, Snow... Every Giant to have their name printed on a baseball card since AT&T (then PacBell) opened. It's a surreal feeling I'm sure to take grounders before the game at short and think Brandon Crawford was eating up hot shots there just hours earlier.
As for the game, it should be a good one. Lowell finished the season at 24-6 and cruised through round-robin play to earn a spot in the title game while Washington (13-14) sputtered a bit during the season but has picked it up lately.
Lowell has three standout pitchers this season led by Elijah Saunders who has a 0.81 ERA this year. Aaron Leong (2.18 ERA) and Jasper Scherer (1.46 ERA) have also been stellar this season and could be called upon in the big game as well.
Washington meanwhile had a load of injuries this season but hit their stride recently. The Eagles split the season series with Lowell this year, winning 4-1 and losing 8-4, so they know the Cardinals are beatable.
These two squads have been powers in the hunt for the City League title for years as the two schools have claimed all but three titles since the 1990 season.
This Wednesday should be a good one. A game to remember for years.