Had a great visit watching the Beavers defeat Bard 2 out of 3, and then coming close in Game 2 and respectable in Game 3 against the Redlands Bulldogs.
Unfortunately the highlight of Game 1 was visiting the site and museum of the first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino (disputed by the corporation) prior to the 16 to 1 Friday mercy game.
Our pitcher pitched one whale of a 2nd game (as did the Redlands pitcher) in the 2 to 1 loss; however, the offense did not match his performance.
Both officials called very good games on Saturday; however, a sac bunt that was clearly foul was called fair late in the Saturday morning game, which advanced the eventual winning run to 3rd for Redlands surely did not help (orange/brown turf clearly visible to most between the right side of the ball and the left side of the 3rd base foul line). As if these guys did not have enough obstacles to overcome. Who knows, that same Redlands batter could have gone yard the next pitch, but for a team trying to break that 30 year conference streak, those types of calls are difficult for those emotionally invested to watch. Credit to Redlands and their pitcher for pitching an outstanding game too.
Also, the Redlands parents and fans were a class act by going out of their way to give kudos and encouragement to the Caltech players after the game convinced that the Beavers will get a conference win this year. The comments were appreciated, and I hope that they are right, because the conference season is already half way over, and these boys long for more than character building performances.