Six baseball games with three 16-and-under teams played out on Coast Union’s baseball field Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.
The team from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties — the SLO War Cats — took on teams from across California, but though they benefited from the experiences, they ended up on the short
end the score in each of the four games they played.
Coast Union baseball coach Brian Machado, who was the host for the games, could be found playing the role of infield umpire.
“I haven’t umpired in a long time,” Machado said. “When I played in Merced, I also umpired some. It’s not rocket science.”
He has umpired Little League in the San Joaquin Valley and has coached the Coast Union Broncos for seven years.
Machado, who is the Postmaster for the U.S. Post Office in Cambria, said visiting coaches had many positive comments about Cambria and the landscape that surrounds the ball field.
“They were saying, ‘Wow, look at the backdrop to the ball field.’ I told them they should see the view from the ball field when the hills are green.”
Asked to rate the quality of his umpiring on a scale of 1-10, Machado paused, chuckled, and replied, “I’m going to have to roll myself an eight.”