Mayor of Alameda Marie Gilmore with the players after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon
It was a near-perfect day before, during and after the Neptune Beach Pearl’s weekend home opener.
Led by starter Chris Garrison’s fine pitching, the Pearl defeated the California Glory (Lodi) 6-1. The Pearl now have won four of the five series they have played against Far West League opponents.
“I was very pleased with the effort today all the way around,” said head coach Brant Cummings. “The front office did a fantastic job of putting on an event this organization can grow on. The team was very excited to play in front of a large home crowd and their play proved it.”
The pregame activities began with the mascot Gem making a grand entrance on a Harley Davidson after which he escorted Alameda mayor Marie Gilmore to throw out the first pitch.
The enthusiastic crowd enjoyed an atmosphere that was part collegiate, part minor league. While the baseball fans appreciated the combination of good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the kids eagerly participated in the various in-game activities.
Alameda weather was at its best and those in attendance with an appetite enjoyed the barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers.
“Today couldn’t have gone any smoother,” said general manager Dustin Chavez. The city came out to show support, the team played great and we showcased a minor league atmosphere throughout the game. We started this organization for days like this. We couldn’t be more proud.”