San Joaquin vs. East Bay High School Showdown at Banner Island Ballpark

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This past weekend, my High School’s Varsity baseball team played at Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports! I am keeping score for the team this year, along with stats and other such things, so I’m with the team for every game!IMG_2962

The first game of the day was at 10am, with our game scheduled for a 1pm start. My dad and I left the house around 10am, getting to Stockton 45 minutes or so into the game. The first thing we did was walk around the perimeter of the stadium, something I had never done in full before.20130330-014532.jpg

We first headed along the first base line, headed up towards the Metro PCS Home Run Hill, where I took this Panoramic picture.20130330-014541.jpg

I was absolutely pumped to be there!

I explored the outfield area a bit more before headed over to meet up with the team. I talked with the coaches for a bit, before I quickly snagged by first foul ball of the day! Of course, considering that this was a High School game, I had to return the ball, but it still felt good!

At this point, I headed over to the cages, where some of the guys were starting to take swings.

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The pitchers were just chillin’ watching the game.

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Soon enough, the game before us came to a very close finish, as we watched the remainder of their game as a team.
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Then we headed onto the field to warm up.

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All of the guys were really excited to be there!

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And they soon began warming up.

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Our two starting pitchers, Anthony Olmo and Jacob Payne raced each other every time.IMG_3010Notice anything funny in this picture? That’s Justin Cash, our backup catcher taking a spill while running!
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I just stood there, soaking everything in on the gorgeous day!

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They then started to warm up playing catch. This is Robbie McLeod, one of our relief pitchers.
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This is again, Justin Cash.
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Anthony Olmo was our starting pitcher in the game.

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Ryan Flayler is one of the pitchers on our team.

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JT Stori is our backup 3rd Baseman.

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Matty Protel is our backup 1st Baseman.

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Trevor Escover is our 3rd catcher.

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I thought this was a really cool shot of everyone warming up.
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Miles Mastrobuoni, our shortstop.
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The dugout atmosphere was great!

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My favorite quote from the day came around this time. You see that hose that they are using to water the infield?

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Out of the frame, there are 2 other guys holding it up, and one of our assistant coaches, Coach Rankin yelled over to our manager, “Willis! That’s a real hose! It takes 3 people to hold it!”

One of the hottest guys on the team right now is 2nd baseman Kyle Campiotti.
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This has to be one of my favorite pictures of the day. JT makes some pretty good faces!IMG_3168
Ryan Dearborn is our other 2nd Baseman.
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JT and his faces…

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Our team’s starting 3rd baseman, and one of our most consistant guys of late- Dan Whitney.

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This was the view inside the dugout.

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Shortly before the game got underway, guys started to get up on the rail of the dugout, ready for the game to start!

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Then, the managers met at home plate to exchange the lineup cards.

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It seriously could not have been a better day for baseball.
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We were all ready to go!IMG_3253

This was my view for the first pitch.

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Not too shabby!

We were the away team and facing Jonah Wesley in the top of the first. If you don’t know who he is, go google his name. He has committed to UCLA already and has very good chances of getting drafted this year in the MLB First Year Player Draft!

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Our leadoff hitter is first baseman Matt Richards.

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Our #2 hitter is catcher Jordan Thraikill.

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In the top of the first, my dad got this picture, which I absolutely love!
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He also got these pictures of the team:

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Our cleanup hitter is Right Fielder Casey Soltis, who as a Junior, is committed to Oregon!
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We didn’t score in the top of the 1st, but still were very confidant with Anthony Olmo on the mound for us!

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One of the other team’s players reminded me of Jemile Weeks.

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Anyone else see it?

But, like I said it was a BEAUTIFUL day for baseball!
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Going into the top of the second, the score was tied at 0-0.

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Our 7 hitter is our Shortstop, Miles Mastrobuoni.

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In the Top of the 2nd, we scored a run on an error by Jonah Wesley, plating DH Craig Woolson.

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Dan Whitney advanced on a Wild Pitch

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And our #9 Hitter, Ryan Dearborn, flied out on a hard-hit fly ball to end the inning.

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This is how the game was looking from the right field corner.

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One place that my dad checked out (That I have never explored) was the Jackson Rancharia Porch.

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Looks like a cool place!

My dad then got some pictures from up there.
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In the top of the 3rd inning, we went down 1-2-3.

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And as expected, Olmo was DEALING.

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Out of curiosity, what would you expect a minor league dugout to look like? Well this is how we all watched the game.

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Yep. There was a little ledge to stand on. I NEVER expected that.

Our team’s head coach is Corrigan Willis. He has a VERY smart baseball mind.
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In the top of the 4th, we went down 1-2-3 again, despite the middle of the order putting up a fight.

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The game was progressing nicely, and it seriously could not have been a better day.

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The top of the 5th was a big inning! We scored 4 runs on 4 hits, with a few errors, putting the score at 5-0 at the end of 5!

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That would be it for Tracy pitcher Jonah Wesley.

Olmo was back on the mound in the bottom of the 5th, settling the side down

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The top of the 6th piled on to the 5-0 lead. Tracy sent out 4 pitchers in the inning, as we pushed 6 runs across the plate. Dan Whitney, our third baseman singled to load the bases.

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The came around to score when second baseman Kyle Campiotti hit a bases clearing double, making the score 8-0.

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However the scoreboard operator thought differently…

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But it was soon fixed.

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And Tracy continued to struggle on the mound

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And with JT Stori on first, Senior Left fielder, Ryan Kirby, a UC San Deigo Commit, hit a BOMB to right field!

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This brought the score to 11-0.

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He jogged around the bases…

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… To be greeted by Casey at home plate…

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… And the silent treatment in the dugout!

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Then, Casey promptly doubled to left field.

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After that, we walked the bases loaded before getting the third out, so after 5 1/2, we were ahead 11-0!

In the bottom of inning number 6, we called on Senior Ryan Flayler to get us to the 7th inning.

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And he did JUST that!

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He struck out the first hitter to come to the dish, the retired the next two on a ground ball and pop up to end the inning!

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In the top of the 7th, we went down 1-2-3, despite a hard line drive from Matty Proetel.

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And a sharp grounder to second off the bat of Jordan.

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We called on Casey Soltis to close out the game.

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He did struggle a little bit, allowing 1 run.

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But in the end, he settled down.

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And closed the door shut!IMG_4290

On an 11-1 victory!

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We all gathered on the field aftrer the game to discuss the win.

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It was an absolutely great game!

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And I had A LOT of fun!

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Here is the final line score from the game:

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And the Box Score (I recommend Clicking on it to zoom in if you want to take a closer look at it):

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It was so cool to be in the dugout for this game, it was certainly an experience that I will never forget! Thank You very much to my dad for taking all of the pictures at this game, he really did get a lot of AMAZING shots!

If you haven’t already, check out my entry from yesterday about Game 1 of the Semifinals of the WBC in San Francisco. Then, come back tomorrow to read about Opening Day at the Oakland Coliseum! Then, the day after that, I should have my entry up abut the game that I attended on April 3rd in Oakland!

Tomorrow (April 5th), I’ll be at a Stockton Ports game, back at Banner Island Ballpark, so stay tuned for that entry to be up hopefully Saturday, and if not, Sunday!

Thanks for reading!

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Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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