Former La Jolla Youth Baseball League star gives back to his community through Eagle Scout project

By Tom Murphy
President La Jolla Youth Baseball League
When it comes to youth baseball in La Jolla – or any not-for-profit organization for that matter – time, talent and treasure are the keys to organizational success. We are very fortunate in our community to have a decent amount of all three.

Shane Pauker, Jamie Abrams (giving directions), Colin Schmidt, Chris Pomeranke, Matthew Alessio, Greg Feiner and Austin Benham work as a team as they finalize the installation of the new helmet and bat rack. The guys received community service hours for their work on Abram’s Eagle Scout Project at La Jolla Youth Baseball’s Pony field in Cliffridge Park.

As LJYB gears up for its 61st season, a core group of volunteer board members are canvassing the parents of recent registrants, seeking help with coaching teams, serving as team parents, and raising funds for equipment and field support. With older facilities that are owned by the City of San Diego, there are endless maintenance and repair projects, not to mention the upkeep of some of the most beautiful baseball diamonds in the region.
Last month LJYB was the lucky recipient of Jamie Abrams’ time, talent and treasure. Abrams and his merry band of Troop 4 Boy Scouts, descended upon the Pony field like a well-oiled machine. Two years ago, Abrams was a star player on the field, only this time he was on a mission to complete his Eagle Scout Project.

An Eagle project must have a positive impact on a community, and is a requirement for becoming an Eagle Scout — the highest rank one can achieve in the scouting program. It requires achieving many significant accomplishments along the way.

Abrams and his crew designed, constructed and installed a pair of helmet cabinets and bat racks for the home and visitor dugouts at the Pony field.

They also added new signage and using Google Maps, measured the field distances in order to install new distance markers on the outfield fences.

The project took weeks of planning and preparation with much of the construction and painting being done at home with a makeshift carpentry shop set up in his garage.  When it was time to install the unit, which was about 8-feet-wide by 5-feet-high and 1-foot-deep, the team had to fortify the fence and secure the unit.

The finished product is beautiful in both its craftsmanship and the teamwork that went into the project. As a final touch, Abrams left detailed instructions for the league so other volunteer teams can build additional helmet and bat rack units at the remaining fields.

In a letter to Abrams from LJYB President Jim Benham, Benham wrote, “Congratulations on getting one step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout. That is a very impressive accomplishment and one that will last a lifetime.”
Benham grew up in Boy Scouts and spent several years in the same Troop 4 with his son, Austin, and so has a keen appreciation for the Eagle Project.

For more about the league, visit

Youth Baseball League Update
• Registration:
Open through Jan. 14 at
• Age requirements:
5-14 years old
• Jan. 22: Positive Coaching Alliance Workshop for coaches and parents, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at La Jolla High’s Parker Auditorium
Jan. 26: Assessments for all divisions.
• Feb. 4: Practices start
• March 2: Opening Day, noon ceremony with SD Padres representatives


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