. The Southern California-based Brewers team made Area Code Games history today. Not only did they secure the first-ever no-hitter in ACGs history, but they also became the first team in the 29 years of the games to win twice on the final day to procure the Area Code Games championship. The Brewers downed the [...]
I mentioned in yesterday’s writeup that this is the 30th year of the Area Code Games. Well I was actually wrong. My bad. This is the 31st edition of the ACG.
It all started in 1985 in Lodi, California, which is in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley – otherwise known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.”
Sunday marked the first occurrence of four games in one day, starting at noon west coast time. So all eight teams played today, including the SoCal-based Brewers and Northwest-based Royals, who were the last two teams to put on the unit and hit the diamond for game action.
Well all it took was an amazing, herculean effort from No. 3 starter J.C. Cloney and Arizona is now one win away from its fifth national title. The junior bulldog flinger held Coastal Carolina to just four hits and three walks as the Wildcats took game one of the CWS title series 3-0.
Wait… what?… That’s NOT who is in the finals here in Omaha? No best of three between the SEC and ACC monster powers?
Coastal who? From WHAT conference?… And Arizona, a Pac 12 team? Pfft, c’mon. You are SOOOOO lying.
I guess I better stop being so hilariously facetious here. Yes it is Coastal Carolina and Arizona. That’s right, a pair of two-seeds facing off for the national title. This will be the first time since 1992 that two team who were not seeded among the top 16 will be facing off for the national title. This will also be the 11th time in the last 13 years that the winner of the big brass ring will be a team that is not a national seed.
So, are you SURE you want your team to be a top eight seed? Be our guest.
Two games on Monday, one team goes home, one team is sitting pretty.
The first National Seed said sayonara as UC Santa Barbara knocked off Miami 5-3 in the Elimination Game. Then, in the nightcap, Oklahoma State took over the catbird seat in Bracket One play with a 1-0 clampdown of Arizona.