La Jolla Youth Baseball stars ‘up’ home run hits in 2014 season
By Tom Murphy
La Jolla Youth Baseball
There must be something in the water, or maybe the kids are eating their Wheaties … all we know is more home runs were hit after spring break in the La Jolla Youth Baseball (LJYB) than were hit in the first month of the season.
LJYB experienced a power surge with eight homers including Jackson Stratton’s grand slam in Mustang and Matt Stone’s two 2-run blasts in Bronco. Spence Carswell hit his first round-trip in Mustang. Austin Schroeder, Johnny Meyerott, Calvin Hyytinen and Dirk Germon posted their “taters” on “Homer’s Alley” in Bronco, as did Pony’s Nate Smolinski, Cary Perket and Jared Littlefield.
Home runs are only part of the game, but the young players love to celebrate when their teammate hits one over the fence and no smile is bigger than the one on the face of the kid who crosses home plate after hitting his first HR.
For the weeks leading up to playoffs, teams are stepping up their games and tightening their rosters. More pitchers are throwing two innings and position players are settling into the line-up. In Pinto through Pony, you can expect some great come-from-behind finishes and terrific baseball.
In Bronco, only one game separates the four La Jolla teams, and Performance Titanium Group has the best record among them. Pharmatek has a better record in Inter-League play against Tecolote and Mission Bay. Morgan Stanley and Mitch’s Surf Shop are neck and neck.
With 10 games recorded in Mustang, Qualcomm has a narrow lead with an 8-2 record and Garden Communities, Alexandria, Sector 9 and RAK are within a game of each other. Syntergy, RBG, Southwest Strategies, Merrill Lynch and SD Pools are all plotting their move up the standings.
SD Storage has improved their record to 8-2 to lead the Pinto division, closely followed by Natural High and Voices for Children. RBC, Cottage Insurance Holdings, Red Door Interactive and CValdo are nipping at their heels. Baxter, Rotary and Party City are taking extra batting practice and infield practice to get back into contention.
Off the field, some 320 LJYB players and family attended the annual PONY Day at Petco Park on April 13, 2014 where the San Diego Padres defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1. The kids got to parade on the field before the game and everyone had a blast sitting together on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Devin Bale had the honor of throwing out the first pitch and Walter Birnbaum got to take infield in the big leagues.
- La Jolla Youth Baseball poised for second half of season
- Time change ushers in full game-schedule and home runs for La Jolla Youth Baseball
- La Jolla Youth Baseball ready for championship games Saturday, May 18
- La Jolla Youth Baseball pennant races tighten up; teams visit PETCO Park
- La Jolla Youth baseball signup underway
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