Plenty of excitement surrounds LJ Youth Baseball

Marcus Scott gets ready to deliver the ‘first pitch’ at the Padres game on April 10. Courtesy photo
Marcus Scott gets ready to deliver the ‘first pitch’ at the Padres game on April 10. Courtesy photo

Between Opening Day and Spring Break, all La Jolla Youth Baseball games are considered “preseason,” which means the results are not counted towards the playoffs. The 21 home runs certainly count as do the 45 RBI that were scored from them. This allows more kids to play new positions such as pitcher, shortstop and first base and younger players are allowed to develop when they move into the next league. Think of it as spring training without the trip to Peoria.

The report from every league was that preseason was a big success.

The “Player of the Week” is Pinto standout Caden Fioroni on Baxter Foundation.

Caden hit three home runs in the last two games of the preseason for a total of four in the month of March — all of them 3-run blasts. Four swings — 4 HRs — 12 RBI. Not only does this lead LJYB in home runs, but the league is unsure the last time that has happened.

Off the field and during the break, nearly 100 people attended the first “LJYB Night at Islands” fundraiser on March 31. A bigger turnout is expected next time on Thursday, May 19.

On Sunday, April 10, more than 420 LJYB players and family members attended “PONY Day at Petco” to see the San Diego Padres play their first series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The players and coaches got to parade around the field before the game, while some were selected to take infield, shag fly balls, throw out the first pitch and even call out “Play Ball! to start the game.

For more on La Jolla Youth Baseball, go to

www.ljyb.org

   
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