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From the Editor: Congratulations on a stellar baseball season
ne of my best memories from high school was showing up to my junior prom with scraped up knees.
Days before, my softball teammates and I had beaten our league rivals, the Mustangs, in an intense stand-off that had us all rushing the field when our winning run finally scored.
I didn’t mind being dolled up in lace and frills with my bruised and bloodied knees. I wore those bandages like a badge of honor; it was the most school pride I’d felt so far in my three years in high school.
Standing in the Malibu High School bleachers last Tuesday, I experienced the best kind of nostalgia as I watched the Sharks baseball team come back from a 5-0 deficit to win their second-round CIF game against Flintridge Prep and advance to the third round of playoffs for the first time in the program’s history.
I know the pride those players must have felt in those moments, and I can tell you from experience that all of the people watching that game, whether, friends, family members, supportive classmates or invested local newspaper reporters, shared that pride.
Watching the dozen or so little league baseball and softball players flock to the fences to catch a glimpse of the game was a heartwarming sight. They are the next generation that will take to that same field and hopefully accomplish just as much as their predecessors.
It was a wonderful experience to be a part of the unified sighs, cheers and winces of the audience as the game progressed. What was even more wonderful was watching the players as they reached the realization that all of their hard work over the season was showing tangible results in just two short innings.
It’s quite an accomplishment to be a playoff worthy team, but it’s even more impressive to be a part of a team that reaches the pinnacle of the entire program’s success.
So, from everyone at the Malibu Surfside News congratulations to Ari Jacobs, the coaching staff and the players of the Sharks baseball team. By the time this article goes to print, the third-round playoff game will have come and gone.
Whatever the outcome of that game — win or lose — I think it is important to recognize the achievements of this team. They are notable Southern California baseball players and, even more so, superstars to the Malibu community that nurtured their talents.