The Santa Maria baseball team celebrated its first CIF championship in 60 years on Monday. Team members gathered on the baseball field not to play a game or practice, but to get their fingers sized for their championship rings.
The 2017 team will go on record as being the best team since 1957, the last time the Santa Maria team won the CIF championship.
“It’s going to remind of probably my best year of my career with my brothers and every time I look at it will remind me of this team and everyone on it,” said Trevor Garcia, a senior,
Garcia was the pitcher who led the team to a 9-0 victory on Saturday against Moreno Valley.
“It feels amazing,” said Paul Navarro. “Playing with my brothers. Coming out here everyday and working hard and we deserved it.”
Members of the 1957 team were also quick to praise the current team.
Russ Zierman, a player on the 1957 team and physical education teacher, said he was proud of the team.
“They have a lot to be proud of and they’ll have a lot of memories like I did on that day,” said Zierman.
The former player said his team had a lot of talent and that he has fond memories of that day.
“All I can remember is that we won and what happened after,” he said. “I remember the most, throwing Coach Wilson in the shower after the game. That was a big deal for us.”
“Santa Maria has a lot of pride in their baseball and this is a great team to be on playing baseball,” said Navarro.
The Santa Maria Saints entered the postseason after placing third in the Los Padres League. The team went on to win all six playoff games, capping an impressive run for the team.