It's been more than a week now, but those in and around the Beckman High baseball team are still basking in the glow of a CIF championship.
Beckman beat Pacific Coast League rival Woodbridge, 4-1, at Dodger Stadium on June 2 to win the CIF Southern Section Division III title, followed immediately by the obligatory pile of bodies in the middle of the infield.
Beckman finished the season at 25-6 overall and 13-2 in league, and ranked 24th in California by Cal-Hi Sports. But what made the season so special for the Patriots was the process, and enduring the day-to-day grind of the season.
"A lot of it is bittersweet, especially for me because I'm a senior," said designated hitter Robert Solby. "We worked so hard, starting the minute we lost in the quarterfinals to Ocean View last year. This is the culmination of all that work. It's exciting and a relief to be at the top, but also a little bit sad because I know it's over."