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Bakersfield Blaze Open at Home

4 May
Bakersfield Blaze (Courtesy of ballparkreviews.com)

Bakersfield Blaze
(Courtesy of ballparkreviews.com)

On Thursday night the 11 of April, the Bakersfield Blaze, a local class A minor league baseball team whose record currently stands at 0-8, were defeated by the Stockton Ports 10 to 3. The game was the home opener for the Blaze at Sam Lynn Ballpark, managed by former Major league Baseball player Ken Griffey Sr. It was announced that there were 1,023 fans in attendance.

The Blaze are off to a rocky start after winning the California League north division title in 2012. Ken Griffey Sr. has been the manager for the past couple of seasons and has shown to be beneficial fr the minor league team. Sam Lynn Ballpark is located on North Chester Avenue and tickets prices range from $7 to $9 depending on the seats. The food at the Blaze games is good because they offer a variety of items including signature items with sides, beverages, and deserts. Although the Blaze is struggling, it is still supported by the local fans of Bakersfield.

David Morales, 17, and his brother Onicx Morales, 16, are both high school students from Bakersfield and find sports to be a primary source of entertainment. They say that they enjoy coming out to the baseball games because of the competitiveness and the atmosphere. Both brothers were raised watching sports and they said the Bakersfield Blaze is off to a slow start, considering how well they did last year by winning the California League northern division. They say the Blaze will do better soon.

“The blaze are looking weak but I’m sure they will comeback by mid-season,” said David, also adding that, “watching the Blaze is the next best thing to going to Major league games, especially last year when they made it to the playoffs.”

Coming out to the games is always fun. I like the atmosphere,” said Onicx Morales. “Baseball games are perfect to go because the tickets are cheap and cheap entertainment is good.”

Furthermore, Onicx says, “Baseball games are good for family bonding.” According to the brothers, if they did not attend the Bakersfield Blaze games they would still be attend some sporting event.

Sports contribute to Bakersfield when it comes to entertainment and can use the support. With the many different sports teams in Bakersfield including hockey, basketball, softball, and the various sports teams offered by California State University, Bakersfield including track and wrestling, entertainment is right around the corner and the fanatic atmosphere is a great experience.

The Blaze season schedule can be found online at www.milb.com. According to the California League website, the Blaze had the lowest attendance in the league last year with 43,969.

“Baseball is one of my favorite sports to watch besides football. I can’t wait for football season,” said David. Onicx Morales added,  “Basketball is my favorite sport to watch but baseball is fun to watch with the family.”

Baseball has been commonly known to be America’s favorite pastime, and remains a key source of entertainment for fans in Bakersfield.

 

 

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Roadrunner Baseball Entertainment For All

29 Apr
Roadrunner pitcher Scott Bratvett unleashes a called fastball

Roadrunner pitcher Scott Bratvett unleashes a called fastball

Tyler Shryock, Mylez Jones, and Jordie Hein all in their pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness.  The jerseys were auctioned off to fans following the game.

Tyler Shryock, Mylez Jones, and Jordie Hein all in their pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness. The jerseys were auctioned off to fans following the game.

This Roadrunner fan took a phone break only in between innings.

This Roadrunner fan took a phone break only in between innings.

Three local Cancer survivors threw the opening pitch at Friday nights game.

Three local Cancer survivors threw the opening pitch at Friday nights game.

Other local athletes came out to support Roadrunner Baseball

Other local athletes came out to support Roadrunner Baseball.

CSUB Runners Defeat Fresno State

28 Apr

On Tuesday April 23, the California State University Bakersfield baseball team played Fresno State at Hardt Field and were victorious. After beating Fresno just a week prior, Fresno was looking to redeem themselves but unfortunately they fell short of the win. Admission to the game ranges from five to ten dollars depending on the section you choose and student admission is always free.

Fans showing support for the base ball players at Hardt Field on Thursday the 23rd of April for the CSUB home game Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Fans showing support for the baseball players at Hardt Field on Tuesday the 23rd of April for the CSUB home game Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 Hardt Field during the CSUB vs. Fresno State base ball game on Thursday night the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Hardt Field during the CSUB vs. Fresno State baseball game on Tuesday night the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Fans cheer as CSUB plays Fresno State at Hart Field Thursday the 23rd of April at CSUB

Fans watch as CSUB plays Fresno State at Hart Field Tuesday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

CSUB fans and supporters leave after Hardt Field the victory over Fresno State 2-0.

CSUB fans and supporters leave the baseball game at Hardt Field after the victory over Fresno State 2-0. (Photo taken by Danny Gudino)

CSUB fans leave Hardt field after the victory over Fresno State Thursday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB fans leave Hardt field after the victory over Fresno State Tuesday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

Senior couple who wanted to remain nameless are showing support for the CSUB Runners at their home base ball game April 23rd vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Senior couple who are Bakersfield residents wanted to remain nameless, but are showing support for the CSUB Runners at their home baseball game on Tuesday April 23rd Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

CSUB students show their support and school spirit with this poster that encourages students to attend the baseball game Vs. Fresno State on April 23rd. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB students show their support and school spirit with this poster that encourages students to attend the baseball game Vs. Fresno State on April 23rd. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

CSUB base ball player next at the plate at Hardt Field vs. Fresno State on Thursday the 23rd of April.

CSUB baseball player #2 Oscar Sanay next at the plate at Hardt Field Vs. Fresno State on Tuesday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB player tries to get to first base after getting a hit off. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB player tries to get to first base after getting a hit off at Hardt Field. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB player steps up to the plate in hopes of getting a hit off on Thursday the 23rd Vs. Fresno State

CSUB player #1 Jordie Hein steps up to the plate in hopes of getting a hit off on Tuesday the 23rd Vs. Fresno State at Hardt Field. (Photo taken by Danny Gudino)

#9 Cael Brockmeyer with a focused look on his face after scoring for CSUB Thursday the 23rd of April Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

#9 Cael Brockmeyer with a focused look on his face after scoring for CSUB Tuesday the 23rd of April Vs. Fresno State at Hardt Field. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

#21 James Barragan winds up for a pitch against Fresno State Thursday April 23rd. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

#21 James Barragan winds up for a pitch against Fresno State Tuesday April 23rd at Hardt Field. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Ayyy Batter Batter, Swing!!

24 Apr

Baseball games can be really fun if you participate with the activities and watch the game very closely. Sometimes you won’t be able to see every player get a chance to get on the field, but you will see them cheering their teammates on! These baseball games are full of energy. The baseball slogo is “Not good enough…..YET!”

ImageScene Setter: This is the Hardt Field, baseball field. CSUB men’s baseball team is 27-14 and are currently ranked #1 in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference). Photo was taken on April 24, 2013. Taken by Dajyanah Vines.

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Medium shot: Bill Kernen (left), head coach, talks to the umpire (right) after calling a horrible call during the game. Photo taken on April 19, 2013. Photo taken by Dajyanah Vines.

ImageThe portrait: Chance Gusbeth (#10) starts to take his batting glove off as he starts to walk to the dugout after getting out on first base. Photo taken on April 19, 2013. Photo taken by Dajyanah Vines.

ImageDetailed shot: A baseball mit, glasses, and a baseball hat. Nice little reflection of the dugout coming off of the glasses. Photo taken on April 19, 2013. Photo was taken by Dajyanah Vines.

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Capturing Action: Frank Martinez takes a swing at the ball. Photo taken on April 19, 2013. Photo was taken by Dajyanah Vines.

ImageThe head coach Bill Kernen talks to player, Dylan Christensen during the game. Photo taken on April 19, 2013. Photo taken by Dajyanah Vines.

ImageThe men’s baseball team wears pink to support the cancer breast awareness. James Barragan (#21) gives all attention to his teammate after hitting the ball. Photo taken on April 19, 2013. Photo taken by Dajyanah Vines.

Bakersfield Blaze wait as plans for new stadium are finalized

20 Apr
Photo courtesy of BakersfieldNow.com

Photo courtesy of BakersfieldNow.com

The Bakersfield Blaze are set to have a new ballpark by 2014 to replace the current Sam Lynn Ballpark, which has been around since 1941.The new ballpark is going to be built between Rosedale highway and Brimhall road off of Coffee road.The ballpark is said to have a main street leading to the stadium with several different businesses that include restaurants.
“Rumors of a new stadium to replace Sam Lynn Ballpark built in 1941, gained steam when the Blaze were bought earlier this year by a group led by local businessmen Gene Vailand and Chad Hathaway.The baseball organization said it plans to open the new stadium in 2014”(BakersfieldNow.com).
The new ballpark will also offer new jobs and can be used for multipurpose events including college baseball and softball to name a few along with major musical events and gatherings. Because Sam Lynn Ballpark is quite outdated, and is said to not meet minor league stadium requirements. Fans of the Blaze have been urging the organization to build a new stadium and now they will be able to enjoy and experience the Bakersfield Blaze minor league games on a whole new level.
“The planned 3500 seat stadium would include luxury suites and special event space for groups and families, picnic areas and a children’s playground, the Blaze said.In addition to being home to the single A- Cincinnati reds affiliate, the stadium could host college baseball and softball games, soccer matches and concerts,the Blaze said” (BakersfieldNow.com).

The new stadium will be a great attraction and a good sports investment for the city of Bakersfield and it will benefit the locals with grade A competitive entertainment. The new ballpark will hopefully encourage many of the Bakersfield residents to support the home team, which continues to battle through the season. After losing the home opener last Thursday the eleventh of April, the Blaze continue with four wins and two losses. As the Blaze continue to find themselves, they continue to provide families with fun and entertainment despite their rocky start and outdated ballpark. Sam Lynn ballpark was built in 1941 and remains a great attraction in Bakersfield and also remains a good place to continue supporting the Blaze, until their new stadium comes in 2014.