Potty humor is rampant at LJYB these days and all for a good reason. After seven years of planning, cajoling and some occasional arm twisting, the Cliffridge Park Restroom Renovation Project is in the books and LJYB took a break between games on Saturday to thank the many community leaders, tireless volunteers and generous business owners who had a hand in raising the $125,000 needed to construct the new facility. La Jolla Youth Inc. President Mike Wintringer handed out personalized “game balls” to the community leaders who were on hand to celebrate this terrific community project.
The “Game of the Week” featured Bronco teams Souza & Souza Construction, coached by Mik Dimich and North Coast Dermatology, under the tutelage of John McColl. After the two squads took turns taking the lead with one another, the final inning’s dramatics seized the attention of the sizeable crowd that was assembled for the post-game ceremony for the restroom project. The Lasers regained the lead in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a towering bases-loaded double by Daniel “Diesel” McColl. Reed Farley, who came in relief in the final frame, struck out the last two batters but saved some heroics for the bottom half of the frame. Trailing by one with Maxwell Hyytinen on the hill trying to close things out, the Souza boys rallied to load the bases at which point Cole Dimich worked a game-tying base-on-balls, setting the stage for Reed Farley’s walk-off line-drive shot into the gap in left center field, giving the underdog Souza squad an 18-17 victory, and a real crowd-pleaser to wrap up the regular season. Undefeated at the top of the Bronco standings is Simpson, Delmore & Greene (SDG), led by the hitting and pitching of Kyle Delmore and Dane Hansen and the power bat of Matthew Thefeld. Nick Hammell proved that he is a top closer with his last two strong performances to maintain their perfect record.
Elsewhere in the league, RBC took the regular season honors with a 12-1-5 record in Pony and Morgan Stanley stretched their perfect record to 12-0. Pinto ended up with a statistical tie between Jeff Lang Homes and Willis Allen and this is when the playoffs will prove once and for all who are the champions so stay tuned.
In the community, Island’s Restaurant hosted their 2nd “LJYB Night at Islands” fundraiser with over 100 supporters turning out to support the league. On Sunday, May 22 LJYB along with several other leagues hosted the 2nd annual “Home Run for Chelsea” Baseball Tournament. Eighty teams and over 1,000 participated to raise $25,000 for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation.
This week, LJYB has 14 teams entered in the annual Tecolote Memorial Day Tournament, a competitive-yet-festive community-oriented event that is full of BBQs, decorated motor homes for the leagues, banners and tents, and plenty of cheering to fuel some long-running rivalries . Good luck to all the teams. Playoffs for LJYB begin on June 1 with Championship Weekend wrapping up the season on June 11-12. Schedules are posted at www.LJYB.org if you want to come watch some excellent youth baseball.
—Tom Murphy, LJYB