Former Sacramento State head coaches John Smith, left, and Cal Boyes, middle, push a button on a podium near home plate to turn on the lights with current head coach Reggie Christiansen, right, at Sacramento State’s first night game at John Smith Field on May 17, 2016. The Hornets play host to UC Davis under the lights on March 12, 2019.
Former Sacramento State head coaches John Smith, left, and Cal Boyes, middle, push a button on a podium near home plate to turn on the lights with current head coach Reggie Christiansen, right, at Sacramento State’s first night game at John Smith Field on May 17, 2016. The Hornets play host to UC Davis under the lights on March 12, 2019. Jose Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
Former Sacramento State head coaches John Smith, left, and Cal Boyes, middle, push a button on a podium near home plate to turn on the lights with current head coach Reggie Christiansen, right, at Sacramento State’s first night game at John Smith Field on May 17, 2016. The Hornets play host to UC Davis under the lights on March 12, 2019. Jose Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com

Joe Davidson has covered sports for The Sacramento Bee since 1988 and is award-winning authority on high school sports, specializing in going behind the scenes. Davidson was a high school athlete in Oregon, where he participated in football and track.