March 12, 2017
Spring is in the air, and opening day finally happened for the Bay Area Vintage Baseball League. The league format for 2017 is a single division of nine teams, and that means eight teams kicked off the season on Sunday. Upsets were the theme of the day. The resurgent Dublin Aces put in a stellar performance against the very strong San Francisco Pelicans, winning their match 15-2. The Berkeley Clarions defeated the Hayward Journals, 5-4, in a walk-off by Dave “Driver” Phillips. This despite the Haywards’ excellent Behind throwing out four runners from the dish, and savvy hurling by both squads. The Journals were undefeated last season until the final, and there is no chance they will take this defeat lightly. The San Jose Dukes had the tying runs on base when they made the final out in a tense, 10-12 defeat to the reigning champions, the San Francisco Pacifics. The Dukes and the Aces have strengthened their squads with the addition of new players, including veterans from the New Almaden Cinnabars. The East/South Bay is looking rejuvenated. In the late game at Big Rec, the San Francisco Barbary Coast took an early lead against the San Francisco Sea Lions and never looked back, coasting to a 34-5 victory.
Thanks to all the Sirs for making it happen; and thanks to the Cranks for coming out, enjoying a lovely, free day of baseball at the park, and for supporting the league. Fingers crossed, weather will permit the first weekend’s matches to be made up this Sunday, March 19th, and that the Oakland Colonels will get off the blocks, as they are surely champing at the bit!
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