Fairmont Field - Pacifica
The return of the Bruce-Mahoney Games in 2021 has been a bright spot for both SI and SHC. The 3-game series, which includes football, basketball and baseball, paused last year because of the current pandemic. This year, the series returned, albeit with some changes. First off, due to the adjusted scheduling by the CIF, only 26 days seperate the 3 game series. Secondly, the baseball game was the second "leg" of the series (basketball plays the final leg on March 5)! However, the biggest change is the atmosphere at these games.
The combination of school spectator guidelines and the SF Department of Public Health Directives, provides a calmer atmosphere with fewer people in attendance. The most notable change is the lack of students from both schools -- current health guidelines do not allow students to be in attendance. Despite these changes, it doesn't change what's most important...(1) the recognition of service, sacrifice and commitment to their country by Bill Bruce (SI 1935) and Jerry Mahoney (SH 1944) and, (2) at the end of the day, the result happens on the field-of-play! And this game was a gem -- both teams played well, both team pitched well, and both teams, face-masked for the entire game, provided the fans, mostly parents and other family members, an escape and a feeling of a return to normalcy in a very abnormal year.
There was a time when we thought we'd never get back to school. When we returned to school there was a time we thought we'd never get back to sports. And, when we got back to some low-contact sports, there was a time when we thought we'd never get back to higher-contact sports. It's been a progression, much like the sport of baseball, and every athlete and coach on the field for SI and SHC, and for that matter, all of California, should be applauded for their commitment, service and sacrifices they make, to play their sport and for their school.
By the way, the 'Cats won 3-2, and secured the Trophy (football defeated SHC 20-17 on April 9.) Josh Pashby and Luca Dickenson pitched wonderfully and Dickenson got the winning RBI in the 6th inning...However on this day, in a game where there has to be a team who wins and loses, we all actually won...those who played, those who coached, those who watched in person and digitally...and generatiions of Fightin' Irish and Wildcats from both of these San Francisco Schools!