CSUSB student’s baseball get-a-way

By Lauren Jennings |Staff Writer|

DSCN2534“Fifty Cent Friday” offered by the Inland Empire 66ers is an affordable escape for Coyotes.

The promotion offers fifty-cent hot dogs and breadsticks, $2.50 drinks and lawn tickets plus a firework show.

The game also included entertainment from Bernie the mascot, the 66ers dance team, and great baseball from the Angels of Tomorrow.

The  66ers played at San Manuel Stadium, located eight miles from campus.

The 66ers opened their 2015 season against the Stockton Ports on April 9, losing 3-1.

Game two followed on April 10 and was a different story, as the 66ers were able to redeem themselves after their first loss to the Ports by winning 5-1.

The 66ers scored the first run of the second game in the bottom of the third courtesy of a run batted in (RBI) ground out from Bo Way, driving in Brandon Bayardi.

The Ports tied up the game in the fourth inning with a RBI single from Branden Cogswell, scoring Justin Higley from third after he got on base with a single.

The Ports did not score again as they had very few base runners.

The 66ers ran away with the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs.

One run was scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Mike Fish, while an RBI single by Kody Eaves brought in the second run.

The final two runs of the game were brought home on an RBI double from Angel Rosa in the bottom of the seventh.

66ers’ starter Victor Alcantara got the win after going seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits increasing his record to one win and no losses.

Game two ended with a double play and was followed by a firework show to the hit songs of Queen, chosen by the fans in a Facebook contest.

The fifty-cent hot dog was a bargain, even though the bun was a little stale and the lawn seat was a steal as well, with a great view of the game and a comfortable place to sit with a large group.

The lawn gives a different perspective to the game as you sit on the grass and not a hard plastic seat looking in towards home plate instead of being behind or to the side of it.

A ball toss promotional game wrapped up the night, fans could purchase tennis balls, which were then thrown on the field to win prizes.

Prizes for the ball toss event varied from money to baseball tickets, depending on where the ball landed on the field.

The goal of the 66ers this year, according to The Inside Pitch, “make the upcoming year the best yet and have the 2015 season be unforgettable.”

The new mascot Slick was introduced, although not as a replacement for the current mascot Bernie, but to make the game more “fresh, fun and exciting,” according to The Inside Pitch.

The great offers drove the crowd of 3,528 people to the stadium in order to take advantage of the affordable entertainment.

I appreciated the affordability of the game, being a college student. It was a short drive to the stadium from campus, making it very convenient.

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