May is the new October for La Jolla Youth Baseball

1959 La Jolla Bronco Burriston’s. Front left, top: Coach John Murphy, Kip Puterbaugh, Chris Hendricks, Charlie Buchanan, Jim Weaver, Larry Neber, Bobby Andrews, Coach Ralph Wyer. Bottom: Kevin Murphy, Denny Hughen, Gary van Dalsem, Carlos Tavares, Peter Bergstrom, (unknown), Nick Wyer. Courtesy
1959 La Jolla Bronco Burriston’s. Front left, top: Coach John Murphy, Kip Puterbaugh, Chris Hendricks, Charlie Buchanan, Jim Weaver, Larry Neber, Bobby Andrews, Coach Ralph Wyer. Bottom: Kevin Murphy, Denny Hughen, Gary van Dalsem, Carlos Tavares, Peter Bergstrom, (unknown), Nick Wyer. Courtesy

By Tom Murphy

La Jolla Youth Baseball

October is when everything happens in Major League Baseball.  Some of us remember Reggie Jackson as “Mr. October.”  In La Jolla Youth Baseball, May is the new October.  Lineups are less fluid, ace pitchers extend their outings, exciting one-run games are common.

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1959 La Jolla Bronco Burriston’s. Front left, top: Coach John Murphy, Kip Puterbaugh, Chris Hendricks, Charlie Buchanan, Jim Weaver, Larry Neber, Bobby Andrews, Coach Ralph Wyer. Bottom: Kevin Murphy, Denny Hughen, Gary van Dalsem, Carlos Tavares, Peter Bergstrom, (unknown), Steve Wyer. Courtesy

At this time of year, a good defense beats a good offense.  The number of double-plays completed in May will be greater than March and April combined.

Who will be the next “Mr. (or Ms.) May” in LJYB’s exciting Pinto division?

Last Friday, Coach Bryce Goldman screamed “EMPIRE”, Jesse Pearl yelled “BEAUTY” and the rest of the team hollered “AND THE BEASTS!” — a fitting finish to Empire Beauty’s first win of the regular season, a thrilling come from way behind 15-13 win over PacVentures. One of two female Pinto stars this season, Pearl took home the game ball after contributing three clutch hits in the victory including the go-ahead RBI in the 6th. Hunter Kates and Harrison Garfinkel contributed to the win with four hits each, while Nicky Reynolds and Jordan Stahl each added four hits for PacVentures along with their own female star Jorie MacDonald who added two hits of her own. It marked the first and only clash of the only two female players in Pinto this season.

Said father Rick MacDonald, “Jorie had this game circled all season since she was playing Jesse.”When Voices for Children was down by one run with two outs and two strikes against Solis Chiropractic, Andrew Park became the unsuspecting hero with a hit to tie the game and scored the winning run. His teammates carried him off the field on their shoulders much like the scene from the movie “Rudy.”

On Saturday, Spence Carswell hit a walk-off double for Patterson Bike in a 15-14 seesaw battle against Sector 9. Patterson Bike and Retirement Benefits Group are tied for first with 8-2 records and the next six teams are within a game of each other.

After a number of ground-rule doubles and other near misses, the Mustang division has been added to the “Homer’s Alley” roster when Patrick Ryan of Pharmatek went yard with a three-run blast followed by Drache Feld’s Joshua

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Top row: Juan Lara, Mike Simpson, (unknown), Matt Hunter, David Rudick, Butch Rudolph, Jim Weaver Middle: Jamey Loomis, Dick O’Neill, Bobby Denton, Chip Hasley, Dan Aakus Bottom Row: Scott Campbell, Frank St. Amour, Mike Gersten, Bob Schmidt, Gary Berridge

Newman’s two-run dinger — both contributing to one-run victories for their teams. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Scrappy Mitch’s Surf Shop remains the team to beat with 9 wins, followed by Morgan Stanley, Drache Feld and Pharmatek. It will be an exciting finish with a double- elimination playoff format this season.

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1968 La Jolla Federal (Weaver)

With his first HR of the season, Sterling Hayes joins teammate Garret Brown with 7 home runs to form the Bash Brothers of Bronco representing Team Aladdin, keeping them on top of the standings. Harry’s Coffee Shop and On the Inside Design are hot on their trail. Axel Youngdale hit his first round-tripper on Saturday for Las Patronas in their close game against Alladin, who came out on top 5-4. In the Pony Division, RBC posted a 7-4 record in Interleague play, which is the top LJYB team, thanks in part to Carter Chopskie’s two-run bomb last week. Trenton Fudge hit his first solo-shot for SDG and they stand at 4-7-1, followed closely by Rotary with a 3-6-2 record.

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