Hello, Hesperia! This month, I am so excited to share a "being there" experience. I went to the Oak Hills Baseball Division 5 CIF Championship game, held on June 4 at University of California Riverside baseball stadium.

I am a huge fan of baseball and supporting those players and coaches is what it was all about. Everyone in the stands was from all different walks of life, but that night we were there for the same thing: the game! Before the start of the game, all the coaches and players were introduced. This was the championship game; they had already won four playoff games to get there and this was the nail-biter, especially the top of the seventh inning.

The defense and offense were superior. In all my years of baseball games (when my kids were younger I sometimes went to six games a week), I saw a play I had never seen before. It was earlier in the game and the other team was up: The batter hit a high fly and first baseman Robert Martinez was in motion to catch the ball. All of a sudden, his glove fell to the ground as the runner passed him. I looked down, then back immediately to the ball, and Robert caught that ball barehanded! The crowd went crazy. What a great play.

Next, up was the top of the seventh inning. We were ahead 4-to-0. They made some runs and the tying run was on third base. The cleanup batter was at the plate and the pressure was intense. Someone commented that each pitch of the ball must weigh a ton. Adolfo Espinosa struck out the batter with a curve ball to end the game. WE WON THE GAME! What a thrill. The excitement could not be measured.

Nobody wanted to leave. We all savored every moment celebrating with the team and coaches. I think we were all in a daze. Oh, it wasn't just a great game the coaches, players, parents and fans made this an enjoyable event to attend. If you were there, you know what I am writing about. If not, I hope this story and pictures help you realize how we feel. To win the playoff games and then the championship game how incredible it was! Love, Charlene

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