By RHEA-FRANCES TETLEY
The Crestline Highlanders of the Southern California Vintage Base Ball League won their semifinal game in the playoff at Harich Field on Saturday, Oct. 7 with a score of 10-4 over the Perris Prospectors.
The final championship game will be played this Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon at Harich Field against the Fullerton Fire Knockers, who defeated the Temecula Dear Bros by a score of 12-4, also on Saturday.
The Crestline Highlanders won the championship last year, so they will be defending their title during this Saturday’s game and hoping for a two-year championship streak and getting to keep the Heritage Cup. The Heritage Cup has been on display in the Crestline Chamber of Commerce office all this last year. It will be presented to the winner of Saturday’s playoff at the end of the game.
The Highlanders have been playing well; so far this season, they have scored over 150 runs. Their record is 8-1-1. The Fullerton Fire Knockers have a record of 7-3-0. These teams play by 1886 rules, use vintage replica equipment and uniforms and strive for accuracy in playing the game, including the rules of no swearing and The Sir (umpire) is always correct.
The champions of the SoCal Vintage Base Ball League are scheduled to play against the Berkeley Clarion team, which already has secured the Northern California/Bay Area Vintage Base Ball League championship when they beat the San Francisco Pacifics 12-5. This is the first year this NoCal-SoCal Vintage Base Ball match up will be held. For more information, follow VaudevilleBaseball on Instagram.
The Highlanders invite all baseball fans to come out and watch this free championship game at Harich Field in Twin Peaks at noon on Saturday, Oct. 14. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the championship game has been played at Harich Field.