La Jolla Youth Baseball sent 11 teams to compete in the PONY South Section All-Star Tournament with the last few games being decided this week. Six teams from LJYB have already advanced to the PONY Southwest Region Tournament that starts for most divisions on July 7.
Having this many teams advance is a significant accomplishment and it represents the high quality of play, teamwork, and coaching that makes LJYB a strong league. Congratulations to the teams that represented the league but did not advance in the double-elimination brackets. They should be proud of their effort, especially because they practiced two-to-three times per week and played numerous scrimmage games during the past six weeks in preparation of the tournament.
LJYB hosted both Pony tournaments and both La Jolla teams advanced so there is something to be said about home field advantage.
Coach Roy Agbulos and his boys played their final games on the Cliffridge Fields this week, including Johnny Agbulos who has played all 10 years going back to his Shetland days.
The Pony-14 team defeated Tecolote 5-1 with Luke Bucon pitching a complete game.
On three days rest, he threw another gem and the 14s beat a very talented Chula Vista North team 6-2. Down 1-0 in the 4th inning with the bases loaded two outs and two strikes, Max Scott hit a grounder to second base that slipped through the defenders legs to score two runs. Kevin Boermeester followed with a 3-run bomb to put La Jolla ahead 5-1. Both teams played again on Monday in the championship game and La Jolla prevailed 5-2 on excellent pitching from Reed Meyer and Kevin
The Pony-13 team dropped their first game 5-2 to Chula Vista South, who went on to win the tournament. Nick Barber pitched four strong innings and turned it over with a 2-2 tie when Chula Vista put together some timely hits to push ahead. In the losers’ bracket, a powerful Vista team hammered La Jolla, 14-1, on its way to the championship game. The Pony-13s still advance to the Regional tourney due to run differentials over the other teams in their bracket.
The Bronco-12s lost their first game, 12-2 ,against an impressive Ramona team. In the losers’ bracket, they beat North City Blue 6-3 — setting up a win-or-go-home game against rival North City Red. La Jolla was down 4-1 in the top of the 6th inning and scored two runs. Carson Greene tied the game in the 7th with a 250-foot blast. Nick Hammel drove in Noah McBride for the go-ahead run. Greene pitched a complete game on the way to a 5-4 victory, which guaranteed La Jolla a berth in the Regional tourney. The Bronco-12s dropped their last game to Ramona, who went on to win the tournament. The Bronco-11s blew a 7-2 run lead to Tecolote, who came back with six unanswered runs to win the opening game 8-2. With a depleted roster, the 11s were knocked out of the tournament by Chula Vista South, 17-8.