As the La Jolla Youth Baseball “regular season” draws to a close, the 9- and 10-year old Mustang players are truly running wild. Mustang is the division where base stealing gets underway and teams take advantage of speed and understanding the game situation. While no direct stealing of home is allowed, coaches and players do take their chances running home on a passed ball or wild pitch.
For the second year, the Mustang Division has instituted a “pitcher development rule,” where a first-time pitcher heads to the mound during the fourth inning of each mid-week game.
LJYB board member Cindy Stratton introduced the concept last year and managers must place a “developmental pitcher,” typically a first-year Mustang player or any player who has not previously pitched. About the only time Mustang players don’t run is during this inning, when no base stealing is allowed.
As first time Mustang manager Jay Sakamoto noted recently, it’s all about building confidence and getting experience on the mound.
The final standings are in and the RBG team managed by Michael Solis tops the list followed by the Syntergy team in second, managed by Mike Campagna. All teams make the playoffs where anything can, and usually does, happen.
As the eight LJYB Mustang teams enter the double-elimination playoff, we are sure to see some speed on the base paths and better all-around pitching. The big hitters still threaten with the long ball as seen by the recent blast from John Hartford of the Willis Allen team.
Come to the Mustang Field at noon on Saturday, May 16 for the championship game and watch these “horses” run! Admission is free!
— LJYB Calendar Items —
• Tuesday, May 12, 2015 is “LJYB Night at Chipotle” to gather one last time during playoffs to celebrate the 2015 season. The Chipotle location at 1055 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla will donate 50-percent of the night’s proceeds to LJYB when guests bring in a printed flier that can be downloaded from ljyb.org
• Championship Day is Saturday, May 16, 2015. Every division will wrap up playoffs on the same day. Plan on lots of barbecues.
For more information about La Jolla Youth Baseball, visit ljyb.org