Young ballplayers often dream of being able to play on the on the stage of professional baseball one day, and this Saturday, the Sonoma State baseball team got a small taste of that feeling when they faced off against arch-rival Chico State at Raley Field in Sacramento for the fourth annual Capital City Clash. Raley field recently became the new Triple-A Minor League home of the San Francisco Giants this previous year, which has already built up much excitement in the local area.
Building up to the main event on Saturday, the Seawolves traveled to Chico for the first three games of the series, with one game taking place Thursday night and a double-header on Friday to give both teams a full day’s rest before making the trip to Sacramento.
The Seawolves were able to take two out of three in Chico; despite losing the first game in a heart-breaking walk-off win for the Wildcats Thursday night, they were fully able to bounce back and take both of Friday’s doubleheader, polishing off the road trip with a dominating 13-1 win in game two.
Senior Jourdan Weiks had a stellar three games at the plate going 10-14, reaching base almost all of the time.
“For some reason I felt extra-comfortable at the plate this weekend,” said Weiks. “When I first stepped in Thursday night and lined a base hit up the middle, I knew I was seeing the ball just right.”
Junior Adam Manzer also had a successful road trip as he was able to record his first home-run against the Wildcats Thursday night.
Although the Seawolves were able to produce at a high level in the previous three games, unfortunately their offense was almost nowhere to be found Saturday at the Clash as they fell to the Wildcats 7-2 for a series tie.
After coming off such an eccentric two games, the Seawolves felt they were more than up to the task to finish the series on top, but the Wildcats had a different answer.
Starting it off in the first inning, Chico was able to rally and put up three runs, which would essentially be the cushion for the rest of the game.
The Seawolves attempted to claw their way back into the game but couldn’t seem to either get men on base or capitalize when they did so.
The only exception came in the top of the fifth inning when sophomore Daniel Caresio singled in a run with the bases loaded to give the Seawolves their first run. Jourdan Weiks then grounded into a double-play on the next at-bat but was able to score the runner from third, giving the Seawolves their last run of the day with the score then 2-6.
The Wildcats would then put up one final run in the bottom of the inning and hold on to make the final score 7-2.
Despite the loss, the Seawolves were still thankful and appreciative of the aspect of being able to play on a professional level field.
“Walking on that thin cut grass and seeing the scoreboard gave me the straight chills,” said Adam Manzer. “It really felt like we were playing a professional style game just because of the environment, it’s something I will always look back on and cherish.”