An end to a bad day

Pacific’s Alyce Jorgensen throws a pitch during a softball game against Cal State Fullerton at UOP’s Simoni field in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500 @ f/11. ISO: 250)

University of the Pacific Tiger softball coach Brian Kolze is one of the nicest guys around. He’s always treated me with openness and geniality, I’ve always felt welcome at Bill Simoni Field where the teams plays on the UOP campus.

Last Saturday, Kolze didn’t have the best of days. A few days earlier, The Record published a story saying he was just two games shy of reaching 500 career wins. Saturday, UOP held a double-header against Cal State Fullerton at Simoni Field in Stockton. The first game Pacific lost 8-0. But there was still a chance of achieving the 500 wins because the Tigers would not only play Fullerton in a second game, but a third game the next day as well. The 500 mark was still in reach. But Kolze wasn’t so much focused on reaching the goal, but rather just winning the games.


Pacific’s softball coach Brian Kolze leans up against the equipment shed after being ejected from the game for arguing over a disputed call during a softball game against Cal State Fullerton at UOP’s Simoni field in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500 @ f/6.3. ISO: 250)

In the second game, things went a little better, but not by much. Trailing in about the 5th inning, a Pacific base runner was called out for interference between first and second. Most everyone thought that it was a pretty bad call (well, everyone except the umpire who made it and the opposing team) and Kolze went to argue the point. A few seconds later, Kolze was sent packing. He watched the rest of the game about 100-yards away near an equipment shed at the edge of the outfield. The Tigers lost 4-0. A bad end to a bad day.

I saw Kolze a few days later at a Ports baseball game against the San Jose Giants at¬†Stockton Ballpark.¬† I apologized for the shot of him after he was ejected from the game, but he actually thanked me for the picture and said, “It’s not like we had any runners on base that you could shoot.” “We haven’t had to struggle (like that) in twelve years. I can handle once every 12 years.” Hopefully this weekend’s games against Cal Poly will go better and Kolze will reach his 500th win.

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