At precisely 7:30 p.m. Monday night, a horn blared to signal the start of the first of four preliminary heats at "Traditional Turmoil" the first of two straight evenings of the fan favorite demolition derby action, presented annually by the Turlock Lions Club at the Stanislaus County Fair.
August 04, 2009|
It wasn't a typical day at the Stanislaus County Fair on Saturday evening, as the sun was making its slow descent in the west. The drivers sat in their vehicles that lined up in a row looking almost endless, waiting for a turn.
For the Modesto Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old baseball team winning is now a recurring theme. And the players did it again on Thursday night, exploding for eight runs in the first inning of their Pacific Southwest Regional opener against Nevada at Wastonville High in Wastonville. They won 19-1.
Tom Brandstater was looking cool and relaxed in a T-shirt and a pair of shorts and sandals along the sidelines of Joe Debely Stadium last week, taking in the last day of his nearly three-week break from the Denver Broncos.
MODESTO - Bobby Swedberg, the coach of the Modesto Babe Ruth 16-18 year-old baseball team, gathered his players in a huddle before the top of the third inning. He didn't like what he was seeing so far. He challenged them to be better.
For some reason, Anthony Harding had a difficult time dodging people. But this time, he wasn't in his Fresno State football gear. He wasn't at Bulldog Stadium in front of thousands of people or somewhere in the country trying to reach the end zone.
Colin Kaepernick is one of the best pitchers in Pitman High history, but people around him knew he had other intentions when he was competing in Turlock. Football was his passion and he carried that with him to the University of Nevada - though he could have gotten a scholarship to play college baseball, according to one coach.