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The Collegiate Baseball Classic continued Thursday afternoon as Sacramento State took on the University of Tokyo in an afternoon match up. Unfortunately, the Hornets, who defeated the University of British Columbia yesterday, suffered their first loss of the tournament at the hands of Tokyo.
Despite the result on the field, the team still had a chance to celebrate as they traveled to the home of junior infielder Steven Moretto's grandparents in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia for a special dinner with family and friends. Hear from Steven himself in today's player blog!
August 15th, 2019
Today started like usual with breakfast as a team, but shortly after, we met with the other four teams for a fun morning of getting to know everyone a little better. All the players from the four teams were split up into smaller groups mixed with players from other teams.
In these groups we were able to talk with players on the other teams and ask them what they find different between all of the cultures we've been exposed to. It was really cool and also surprising hearing everyone's answers. Topics ranged from the different uses of toilet paper to the realization that some of the Japanese players only have sushi once every 3 months. It was just a cool chance to get to know everyone more and continue to learn about the different places we all come from.
After our group activity we were then given a little downtime before our game against the University of Tokyo, but before we knew it we were headed back to the field.
The University of Tokyo is an extremely prestigious school to attend. We have even heard some say that it is the hardest university to get accepted to in the world. Unfortunately for the Hornets, we also found out that they have a pretty good baseball program as well. Things didn't go our way today, but there is still a lot of baseball left this week!
After a tough loss at the hands of our Japanese opponents, my family and I welcomed the team, coaching staff and families over to my grandparents house, just about a half hour away from UBC.
My family and I have been planning this day for quite some time now. For our meal, my family had ordered British Columbia's version of In-N-Out Burger: White Spot. The night was a nice change of scenery for the Hornets. For many of the guys on the team, this was their first time leaving the UBC campus. My family and I just wanted to provide another place for the players and families to get together and see another part of the greater Vancouver area.
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