We went to Storm Stadium in Lake Elsinore last night to watch the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres affiliate) take on the Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels affiliate).
This is a nice stadium, and the game was very family friendly. Kids were allowed to run on the outfield in between one of the innings and around the bases after the game (supervised, of course).
These Class A Advanced teams include players that have been drafted by MLB teams, so the level of play was really good. Both teams play in the California League, which is the highest level of Minor League Baseball that you will find in Southern California.
If you’re unfamiliar with Minor League Baseball’s hierarchy, here you go (starting with the highest level): Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced, Class A, Class A Short Season, Rookie.
You can catch some Triple-A games in California if you feel like driving up to Fresno or Sacramento.
The 66ers’ bats were active last night, and they beat the Storm 18-2.
If you want to watch some high level baseball and don’t want to deal with the drive, expense or crowds associated with MLB games, check out some Class A Advanced California League action.
Baseball is my youngest son’s favorite sport, so I am sure that we will be catching some more games.
You can find information on the following Southern California teams on the MILB.com website:
High Desert Mavericks (Seattle Mariners)
Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels)
Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres)
Lancaster JetHawks (Houston Astros)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers)