I have witnessed other high school sporting events where that hasn’t been the case.
Gorman won 8-2, and your first inclination might be to say no big deal, because when there is a trophy to be won, Gorman usually wins it.
But this seemed different. This seemed like a big deal.
The Gorman kids were thrilled to win and piled on one another near the pitcher’s mound. The Palo kids lingered in the parking lot. They, too, were smiling. The home plate umpire had been less than consistent, but the spectators did not suggest he needed eyeglasses.
This was the first high school ballgame of major significance since COVID had shut everything down like Bob Gibson during the Year of the Pitcher.
As the Gorman players posed for photos with the trophy, one of the photographers said it was great to see the kids playing ball again.
He had captured the moment as well as Vin Scully could.
— Ron Kantowski
— Arbor VIew rallied twice to edge Shadow Ridge to win the 5A region title in softball, with the championship game pretty much mirroring a season during which the Aggies showed the ability to overcome adversity. Bishop Gorman capped a 15-0 season by beating Silverado 8-3 in the 4A final.— Zachariah Branch, a wide receiver who has attracted the eye of major college football scouts, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump with a personal best of 24 feet to spark Bishop Gorman to the boys 5A Southern Region track and field championship. Centennial won its 11th consecutive regional title in the girls meet despite being down in numbers owing to COVID. The Desert Oasis boys and Palo Verde girls won the team titles at the Class 4A Desert Region meet.
Height: 6 feet 1 inches
Weight: 170 pounds
Draft: 2011, first round (32nd overall), Tampa Bay Rays.
Positions: Infield, outfield
Did you know: As a senior at Sierra Vista, Hager was the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year after batting .547 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs.