It was game time. Play off baseball has now reached the battered Chico State Baseball team. It seemed like a stretch that we would be making it to this after the struggles of the season, but we finally reached our first goal of the CCAA Conference Tournament. The first game was a thriller. Back and forth with Cal Poly Pomona. We took the lead in the 8th after I drew a leadoff walk, was bunted to second, and then a 2 out single by Kyle Blakeman. CPP tied the game in the top of the 9th inning with a solo home run which made it 4-4. In the bottom of the 9th, we got a lead off hit by pitch from Tyler Stofiel, followed by 2 more walks which loaded the bases. From there, the closer spiked a curveball which allowed the winning run to score. Walk off win for the first game.
The next 2 games were the exact opposite as we dropped the next to UCSD and then Monterey. The game agains UCSD was much closer than Monterey’s game, but both ended up in loses eliminating us from the tournament. Our hopes of making it to a West Region Tournament laid in the hands of the NCAA. There was a selection show and it turned out that they deemed our record was one that allowed us to be selected as the last seed in the tournament of 6 teams.
We had our rematch against Monterey first game. Like most games all year, it was very back and forth. This was a great game for me personally, as I went 2-4 with 2 singles, an RBI, and a walk. We produced 7 runs on 11 hits, but fell short to the #1 team in the tournament 10-7. Knowing the season was on the line, we faced Azusa Pacific in an elimination game. All hope was lost after a 7 run first inning for Azusa. They handled us easily with a 17-3 win. This game ended our season. For all of the ups and downs that this team encountered, we had exceeded all expectations set. Overall, the season was a great one when all was said and done.