When the week began, Friday was supposed to be Alex Jimenez's best day as a student-athlete. He was going to receive his diploma from Sage Hill School.
On the same day, Jimenez planned to earn the baseball team's first CIF Southern Section Division VI championship.
The times and sites for both events eventually conflicted. The graduation ceremony on campus was set for 4 p.m. The game was starting a half an hour later in Riverside.
Jimenez walked at Sage Hill. The senior never jogged on the field one last time as a Lightning in the program's biggest game.
Jimenez's Sage Hill athletic career ended Tuesday at home, where the Lightning lost to top-seeded Desert Christian of Lancaster, 4-3, in the semifinals.
"Most schools that are 10 years old don't make it to the semifinals," Jimenez said. "It wasn't like we played a bad game.