Memorial Day Tournament full of excitement for LJYB
More than 200 players and coaches donned their newly designed all-star uniforms to compete in the festive Tecolote Memorial Day Tournament.
The event started last week and wrapped up with championship games on Memorial Day. La Jolla Youth Baseball entered 14 teams and had six of them playing for medals on Monday.
Championship medals were handed out to the La Jolla Pony 13s who topped Presidio 13s, 7-4. The win was led by strong pitching from Brandon Nance and Kevin Boermeester. Coaches Roy Agbulos and Tim Scott were also on hand Friday evening where their team entered the skills competition and took the “Around the Horn” event with an amazing time of 12 seconds.
Also receiving championship medals was the LJ Shetland Red team, led by coaches John Dobak, Greg Ricchiuti and Charles Hartford.
Runner-up medals went to the LJ Mustang Red team in a dramatic extra inning walk-off that favored rival Tecolote Red, 10-9.
Ford Eldredge pitched five solid innings that included several lead changes.
Alexander Steigerwald pitched in relief and took the loss. Gabe Solis hit a home run that the Tecolote kids are still looking for. Blaise Gimber pitched a magnificent one-hitter earlier in the day to “mercy” North City Red and move them into the championship game. The LJ Pinto Blue team also earned runner-up medals in walk-off style in a battle against North City Blue. La Jolla’s Pony 14s was runner-up to Chula Vista South. A supportive La Jolla crowd was on hand to support all of the teams, led by the LJYB 9s who rented an RV and parked it front and center for everyone to BBQ and enjoy throughout the weekend.
The “Play of the Week” actually happened twice. This was the first time that Shetland teams were included in the tournament. These 5- and 6 year-old kids from La Jolla were down six runs with two outs in their final at bat and battled back to tie the game at 16 apiece.
Binks Deatherage was up with the winning run on first base and hit a shot to right field to bring in the winning run.
While the team was celebrating at home plate, the umpire had signaled a time out and called the players back on the field. Binks did it again — same hit to right field to win the game!
LJYB Playoffs started June 1 and run through Championship Weekend on June 11-12. Brackets for Pinto through Pony can be found on www.LJYB.org.
—Tom Murphy, LJYB
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