Birmingham Patriots win CIF Division I Championship over summer

Jose Herrera

It’s not every day that a high school baseball team gets to play in Dodgers’ Stadium, but a select few were given that honor back in June.

The select few in question were players on the Birmingham Patriots and the Chatsworth Chancellors, who played in the CIF’s 2014 Division 1 City Baseball Tournament at the beginning of summer.

“Being at the Dodgers’ Stadium was the highlight of the season,” Birmingham pitcher Roman Tomashoff said.  “The Dodgers’ Stadium is the greatest place that you could be in, baseball wise, and it was overwhelming being on the same field that the greatest players of baseball have played on.”

Throughout late May and early June, the baseball team had to face multiple teams in order to get to championship.  On May 5 the Patriots defeated Marshall High School 5-1 and with that first win they prepared for their next game versus Kennedy High School.

The Birmingham Patriots celebrate their win in the CIF Division I Championship in June. DPMHS student Roman Tomashoff plays for the team.

“Out of all four games, Kennedy was the best game because we were down two points that game, and then next thing that happened our pitcher struck out the side,” Tomashoff said. “ And at that point I knew it was going to be a special game, our momentum changed and I knew we were going to win.”

After the win against Kennedy, 4-3, it was onto semi-finals at USC against Narbonne High School.  Narbonne put up a solid fight, but at the end of the day the Patriots had won 3-1. Finally, the Patriots had secured their spot into championship and were more than ready to play against the Chancellors.  The final game was filled with intensity and passion. The Patriots were in high spirits and their drive showed itself when they took home the trophy and the end of the night, beating Chatsworth 6-3.

With a new varsity team this 2014-2015 season, the Patriots are looking forward to the new season and hoping to be back to back champions.

“A lot of senior athletes left us but we had transfers fill in their spots,” Tomashoff said.  “But this year I hope to repeat what happened last season (since) we have a great team.”