The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
College of San Mateo softball will have to wait for the chance for its benchmark 50th straight home win.
CSM head coach Nicole Borg contacted Cabrillo officials Thursday at 11:45 a.m. to reschedule the game. Cabrillo did not make the trip to San Mateo. The two teams are each in first place in their respective conferences, with CSM — the No. 1-ranked team in the state — owning a 4-0 record in Coast Conference North play and 21-2 overall. Cabrillo is 5-0 atop the Coast Conference South and 16-4 overall.
“It’s just not worth it,” Borg said. “It being such a big game for us, we didn’t want weather to be a factor.”
The Lady Bulldogs’ next chance to reach the 50-win plateau is now scheduled for Saturday against Napa Valley College at noon. The Saturday forecast in San Mateo, however, is for rain.
Borg downplayed the importance of the current home streak, which began April 8, 2014 with a 9-0 win over Mission College.
“It’s not really why you play the game to hold a 50-game win streak,” Borg said. “It’s fun to say we did that and for the players who played in those games to say we have been a part of it. But we’re really focused on other things.”
Not that home-field advantage has been a determining factor for the dominant Bulldogs in recent year. Throughout the 2015 season, CSM won its first 41 games, including an undefeated 35-0 record in regular-season play. This year, the Bulldogs have dropped two road games — 5-4 at Solano; and 3-2 against Reedley.
“I think we play well anywhere,” Borg said. “I think just the plain simple fact our record has been what it is, our play speaks for itself. We have two road loses this year, but I don’t think being on the road is the reason we lost those games.”
The last game CSM lost at Bulldog Stadium was to San Jose City College 15-9 on April 2, 2014. Since then, current sophomore third baseman Kacy Edwards is the only player to have witnessed each of the 49 consecutive home wins.
Edwards — a San Bruno native who was recruited out of Burlingame High School — was a redshirt in 2014. She worked the press booth that season, keeping the scorebook and working to get back onto the diamond.
She did just that as a freshman in 2015, where she served as defensive option at third base, playing mostly as a backup to California Community College home run champion Harlee Donovan. This year, however, when Donovan moved behind the plate to her natural position to catch, Edwards moved into the starting role.
In 2014, when Edwards worked the press booth, then sophomore Ashley Miller was tasked with putting together the in-game soundtrack, including players’ walk-up songs. Miller collected all the songs on her own iPad, and when she graduated from CSM, she sold the iPad to Edwards to carry on the tradition of in-house music.
The iPad, it seems, is looked at as part of the secret of CSM’s home-field success.
“She told me, ‘Since we have this winning thing going, you have use this iPad,’” Edwards said. “I, in turn, will be giving it to an incoming freshman after this year.”
CSM has garnered a reputation for lopsided, mercy-rule wins in recent years. But it has had two close calls during the home streak, both against San Joaquin Delta. On May 9, 2015, the Bulldogs trailed 5-0 after three innings against Delta, but rallied back for an 8-6 win.
Then, for win No. 48 last Thursday, Delta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth. But Edwards started an around-the-horn double play in the inning to help keep the Bulldogs within striking distance. Then CSM tied it in the sixth, before Donovan crushed a two-run home run in the seventh for a dramatic walk-off win.
“It was definitely much more dramatic,” Edwards said. “I like those games better though. They get you pumped up when you win them like that.”
Edwards is of the same mind as Borg when it comes to the importance of the home streak, meaning the sophomore is more mindful of helping the Bulldogs get back to the state championship tournament for the third straight season, including last year when they reached the championship round only to fall to state-champ Palomar.
“There’s obviously a tradition we’re trying to keep,” Edwards said. “We’re not really thinking of it as a streak, more of like a tradition.”