La Jolla Little League begins 59th season

Team Aladdin with Coaches Hayes & Moses
Team Aladdin with Coaches Hayes & Moses

On a picture perfect day March 5, La Jolla Youth Baseball celebrated their Opening Day.

Games started at 8 a.m. but everyone took a break at noon with Bronco President Paul Delmore welcoming players and families to the 59th season of baseball in La Jolla. He asked the players and coaches of Team Aladdin and SDG to line up on their respective base line for the National Anthem, followed by the ceremonial First Pitch. LJYB invited Willis Allen Real Estate to throw out the first pitch as they have been a loyal sponsor of the league since it was founded in 1952. CEO Andy Nelson was quick to recommend his son Tim Nelson, a former LJYB Bronco All Star pitcher in 1993, to show his form on the mound — and he still brings the heat as you can tell from the photo. It was a family affair for the Nelson’s with Andy and wife Tracy, Tim and his brother Drew all in attendance, plus significant others.

Over on the Mustang field, the 2010 U9 All Star team was recognized for winning the PONY Sectional Tournament. Managers Mike Campagna and Ted Eldredge joined the players to hang their championship banner at the field before the game. Mustang baseball introduces live pitching to the players so things are always exciting when they play — just ask any kid if he remembers the first time he got “beaned” and they will remember who was pitching.

The Pinto division is famous for 6th inning dramatics when there is no run-limit and sure enough, Harry’s Coffee Shop was down 10 runs to PacVentures in the bottom of the 6th and came back with 11 runs for the victory. Now that’s Pinto baseball!

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