Town Hall Youth Sports Coordinator Cindy Luna gave this report for Youth Baseball last week.
The T-ball season came to an exciting finish for the record crowd on Thursday, June 1. Idyllwild Vacation Rentals Angel Ethan Caster led off with a Baltimore chop, getting him to first base almost before the ball returned to the ground. Several batters later, Ian Castro lined one up the middle to advance the runners, scoring another run for his team.
But it was Caden Meyer who was activated as the pinch hitter who got the crowd to their feet with a grand slam in the first inning.
Idyllwild Shell Pirates came up big in the second inning with Oliver Agee slugging his 16th RBI of the season with a hit to the outfield. After a mighty foul tip with his hot bat, Kayson Adams smashed a ball toward left field and beat the throw to first base. Parker Woods continued his hitting streak and candidacy for the Silver Slugger Award, shot one down the first baseline to right field.
Idyllwild bleeds blue as the Dodgers in both Minor and Major leagues reigned in the championship finale.
Hits abounded on June 1 in the final contest between the Robin Oates Real Estate Padres and Idyllwild Beauty Salon Red Sox. The Padres came out on top 8-7 in this back-and-forth game, propelling them into Friday’s Finals. Red Sox Zach Mason caught in this final game. Although Piper Pritchett is small in stature, she is huge in personality and focus. Without a doubt, Piper was absolutely a force in the fun and team chemistry the Red Sox had this spring.
It’s usually a good thing when a player’s name is being thrown around in baseball. Such is the case of Kannon Lozano as he showed talent in both offense and defense, doubling to the outfield in the fourth inning and making some amazing fielding plays throughout this final series. Mathen Brown played what was probably his best inning of the season. Mathen doubled in the third inning and eventually raced to home, beating the tag and scoring the eighth and final run.
On June 2, Sandlin and Son Dodgers entered this game as the #1 seed in the league and continued to impress with its 9-8 championship win in the last inning. The Dodgers entered this inning as the underdog, finding themselves behind 8-4. But with powerful base hits by Alex Solorio and Roger Gonzalez, they overcame their deficit with five additional runs to lock up the win. Also supplying support to her team in this challenge was Hailey Olivier. Although Rory Lovett was unable to attend the game, he was a huge reason for the success of the Dodgers — according to a reliable source (his mom), possibly batting .900.
The Padres fought a hard battle in their final game and again exemplified talent, grit and professionalism. Emily Brosterhous was injured running to a base, but was activated off the DL the next inning to continue her hitting streak to ten games. Griffin Kretsinger, Indie Dagnal, Tony Solorio, Emily and Kannon all hale for MVP nominations!
Coming into the major semi-finals June 1, as second seed, Ridgeline Roofing Dodgers used three of their aces, starter Dominic Esparza, reliever Finn Carpenter and closer Skyler Kraemer to get the job done and beat the Lawrence Equipment Padres with a 9-8 win.
T.J. Rocha caught a pop fly in the second inning to add to the strong defense. In their final at bats, Joslynn McClean drew a walk and then sealing the deal for the win, Hugo Solorio added the ninth run with a walk of his own.
Padres players went out strong with 8 runs in this matchup. Highlight reels include a solid single to outfield by Gavin Vanderman. As one of their many talented pitchers, Cameron Gage relieved Cole Kenyon to wrap up the game and their season.
The final game between the Dodgers and Idyllwild Arts Academy Braves on June 2 was a nail biter until the third inning. With a 1-0 Dodgers lead coming into this inning, Brave Rene Montoya was relied upon heavily, having a quality start and pitching a complete game. Despite Rene’s amazing pitching, the Dodgers scored five times in the third. Dodger Finn started and pitched three stellar innings, striking out nine and walking five batters, to be followed by the southpaw, Skyler, who struck out the side to end and win the game, 6-0.
Brave Tyler Sonnier saved his best for last, roping one to the outfield in this one. Joslynn Nowell became a scoring threat on first base after drawing a walk in the late innings. Outfielder Kevin Perez limited runs scooping up and returning long drives out his way. As throughout the season, outfielder Chris Cerritos exhibited great hustle, multiple hits and strong defense at second base. Natalie Lovett-Jenson triumphed as one of the Padres’ strongest base-runners, scoring and helping her team win multiple games as the number one seed.
Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines Golf Association handicap chair, provided this report about the association’s regular monthly tourney on Friday, May 19, at Menifee Lakes Palms Course. It was a beautiful day and the course was in good shape.
Pete Capparelli (course handicap 25) shot a net 68 for first place. Lee Lanfried (26) and Barry Zander (38) tied for second with net 69s, Tom Flanagan (38) took fourth with a net 70, and Pete Holzman (13) and Chris Kramer (38) tied for fifth with net 72s.
The closest-to-the-pin winners on the four par 3 holes were John LoGiudice on #4, Dennis Chavez on #7 and #12 and John Brower on #15.
Here are the current point standings for the 2016-17 season which runs from August through July:
Place Golfer Points
1 Pete Holzman 26
2 Barry Wallace 18
tied Chris Kramer 18
4 Dennis Chavez 17.5
5 Dave Hiemenz 15.5
6 Pete Capparelli 15
tied Lee Lanfried 15
8 Jim Crandall 13
9 Barry Zander 12
10 John LoGiudice 10.5
11 Dave Robb 10
12 Chuck Alkire 9
13 Jerry Daquila 8
tied Ken Garelick 8
15 Tom Flanagan 7.5
16 John Newman 6.5
17 Jeff White 6
18 John King 5.5
19 John Brower 5
20 Don DePalma 4.5
tied Bill Ragland 4.5
Lev Sanford 4.5
23 Scott Schroeder 4
tied James White 4
Gary Brown 4
26 Dale Calderon 2
27 Robert Priefer 1.5
Dave Curl 1.5
29 Chris Davis 1
tied Walter Reeves 1
Mike Feyder 1
32 Les Widerynski 0.5
Points are awarded at each tournament as follows: first place, 6 points; second place, 4 points; third place, 3 points; fourth place, 2 points; fifth place, 1 point. Also, one-half point is awarded to everyone who participates.
A member has to compete in at least five regular-season tournaments to qualify for the playoffs.
The club is a member of the Southern California Golf Association and is sanctioned to establish SCGA handicaps for members.