Baseball team gets to play at Raley Field
The Dixon Rams baseball team on Friday played their last regular season game against the first place Capital Christian Cougars. However, this game wasn’t played at Capital Christian High School or Dixon High School. This game was played at the Sacramento River Cats Raley Field. This was a very exciting experience for both teams to play at the professional ball park and experience the feel to be in a minor league ball club.
Rams came into this game with a 10-4 record in league and a secure spot of second place and in the division 5 playoffs. This game didn’t effect either team’s future play in the playoffs because both teams had secured their spots. However, both teams clearly wanted to get the win in their once in a lifetime experience to play at Raley Field.
The Rams put their ace, Chris Rost, on the mound, but he didn’t pitch the way they had hoped. The Rams gave up 7 runs in the first inning alone and put themselves in a big hole right away. The Rams put up a fight throughout the game, but weren’t able to get any runs, and they fell to the Cougars scoreless. The Rams did a much better job pitching throughout the game and shut down the Cougars to only five runs for the rest of the game. Five runs may seem like a lot, but the Cougars offense has been explosive all year long and is clearly a tough team to shut down.
The Rams just didn’t start well. Perhaps pre-game jitters caused the Rams to struggle, but overall the Rams played a solid game and deserve recognition for their hard work from the fans. The Rams have actually competed well with the Cougars in their previous 2 games against them. The Rams lost to them the first time 4-3 and the second time 8-2. The Rams have proved to be able to compete with the elite teams like the Cougars and have proved throughout the season that they can have a strong playoff run.
Dixon was well represented because there were well over 150 Dixon fans at the game supporting their Dixon Rams for their final game of the year. Though the Rams took a hard loss, the fans were with them to the end.
This experience will be remembered forever by these young athletes. And even though few will ever have the chance to play in a park like this again, they will always remember the time where they, as a high school baseball team, got to play in a professional ball park.