La Jolla Youth Baseball pennant races tighten up; teams visit PETCO Park
By Tom Murphy
La Jolla Youth Baseball
The last few weeks of the La Jolla Youth Baseball season are full of come-from-behind victories, spectacular plays and timely home runs. The season ends May 10 and playoffs take place the following week with a league-wide Championship Day and Closing Ceremonies on May 18, 2013 at the Cliffridge Park fields. Our guest teams always compliment us on the excellent grounds that are carefully maintained, and say LJYB is a gracious host to the other leagues.
The SD Pony Inter-League play continues to be led by the LJYB teams with Aladdin maintaining their perfect record at 10-0. On the Inside Design is alone in third place with an 8-3 record. The level of play is impressive and many of these players will move on to high school teams next year. By the look of Dane Hansen’s home run last week, he’s ready for the challenge.
The four Bronco teams are playing each other pretty evenly and are struggling against their Tecolote opponents. They are definitely holding their own against the Mission Bay teams. Alexandria has the best record, followed by Morgan Stanley, Mitch’s Surf Shop and Pharmatek.
The best comeback so far was played a week ago between Alexandria and Pharmatek. Holding a commanding lead all game, Alexandria went into the seventh inning ahead 9-5. Pharmatek played scrappy baseball and manufactured a few runs beating out infield hits, taking advantage of a couple of walks and tied the game on a balk. They went ahead 10-9 and held the home team scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Marco Molina got the win with two sharp innings on the hill to close out the game. Alex Scrivener hit a line shot so hard off the fence in right-center field that it shook the Pinto and Mustang fields.
Sector 9 continues to dominate the Mustang division with a 10-1 record. After watching Coach Klimkiewicz run practice a couple of times, it makes sense they are a well-oiled machine. They are extremely hard working, run lots of useful drills and multiple stations in a fast-paced session. They make great plays with very few mistakes and continue to improve. Talent + Coaching = First Place.
Alexandria is in second place with PacVentures and Garden Communities coming on strong. The rest of the pack are playing below .500 ball and plotting their move in the playoffs. Mustang has more power this season with eight home runs to date, compared with only two last year. Diego Solis and Tyler Blackburn lead the league with three each, and Caden Fioroni and Luke Brunette recently joined the Homer’s Alley roster. Mustang will play a double-elimination playoff format that promises a lot of competition and excitement.
Right before spring break, the Pinto division reset the standings and since then, RBC is the team to beat with a 6-0 record, followed closely by Voices for Children. Six teams are playing over .500 baseball and a few are chasing their first win. There is definitely a wide range of skill across the league this season but the run production is incredible. There are dozens of games where teams score 15- 20 runs and some of these barn-burners are won in walk-off fashion. RBC beat Donovan’s 21-20 in one of the most exciting games of the season. Jack Stahl is the lone Pinto player to hit one over the fence.
Shetland continues to hum along and the experiment to split the kids into two divisions of Majors and Minors proved to be a benefit for all. The older kids are attacking the pitching machine from the beginning of the season, while the younger players are just not weaning off the tee and trying out the pitching machine. We have also seen better age-appropriate fielding and player development with this format, in part because the teams are much smaller in number and there aren’t kids standing around the outfield picking daisies.
La Jolla Youth Baseball Events:
■ End of Season Bash
■ When: 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013
■ Where: Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, 7530 Fay Avenue, La Jolla. Bring and print out the LJYB Rubio’s flyer (See Below) when making a purchase from 5-9 p.m. on May 8 and Rubio’s will donate 20 percent of the purchase to La Jolla Youth Baseball.
■ Championship Saturday
■ When: Saturday, May 18, 2013. Play starts 10 a.m. with games at noon and 3 p.m. Closing ceremonies, league-wide BBQs after each game.
■ Where: Cliffridge Park baseball fields, 8355 Cliffridge Ave., La Jolla (near La Jolla YMCA)
■ Website: lajollayouthbaseball.org
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