CSM hosts two super regionals and NorCal finals
Published: Monday, May 28, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 28, 2012 21:05
Most 90th birthdays are low key events, but Bulldog athletics could not have been busier.CSM hosted the super regional tournament s for both NorCa l softball and baseball, in addition to hosting the NorCal finals for Track and Field the weekend of May 11 to 13.
While baseball and softball were all weekend affairs, track finals took place on May 11 only, making Friday quite possibly the busiest day in CSM sports history.“It definitely was hectic,” said CSM Dean of Athletics Andreas Wolf. “but that’s what we sign up
for, it’s the joy of the job.”While it was predetermined a year beforehand that CSM would host the NorCal Track and Field Finals, first place finishes by the baseball and softball teams meant that they would host NorCal regionals and super regionals.
“We always keep our eyes on the prize,” said Wolf. “It makes no difference to our coaches where they play, they always want to win.”“Sports are unpredictable,” said CSM Sports Information Director Fred Baer, “It’s not unheard of, if you finish high enough in baseball and softball you’re going to host regionals.”
The CSM softball team was eliminated after consecutive defeats on Saturday, while the CSM Baseball team was the last team eliminated after the second game of a doubleheader against Cosumnes River Sunday. Sierra College softball (Rocklin) won a state tournament berth with a 9-0 victory over Ohlone (Fremont) Sunday.
Participants in the softball tournament were Sierra, Ohlone, and College of The Seqoias (Visalia). Visiting teams in the baseball tournamnet were Cosumnes River (Sacramento), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill), and Ohlone College.
The Track and Field team saw five athletes qualify for state finals events in the first-ever NorCal finals hosted at CSM.“We wouldn’t have hosted the track finals if it weren’t for the new facilities,” said Baer, “Everything came together in what was a very busy Friday.”
CSM will host the Track and Field state finals for the first time in 2013.“It’s a nice statement to make to demonstrate the strength of (athletics) at CSM,” said Wolf, “I’m extremely proud to be associated with the coaches here.”“I’d much rather be outside than sitting inside pushing around paper,” he joked