2017 Tournament Teams
CONGRATULATIONS 2017 TOURNAMENT TEAMS! ANOTHER HUGELY SUCCESSFUL TOURNAMENT TEAM SEASON FOR LC! WELL DONE!
THANK YOU MANAGERS AND FAMILIES!
BRONCO 12 SPARTANS - MANAGER TOM HIGA
Tom Higa was extraordinary, as always, with his leadership with this year's 2017 Bronco 12 Cooperstown Tournament Team. They competed in every tournament, won three tournaments outright (and a fourth in a reunion in Encino during the fall), and had an exceptionally fun experience throughout the summer and in New York.
Thank you to the collective coaches who have been together for several years leading this group, the families that have shown nothing but unwavering support, and to the boys for one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime for them and their families!
BRONCO 12 CARDINAL - MANAGER ANDREW SON
Bronco 11 Spartans - Rich Quiroz
Mustang 10 Spartans - Jack Kozakar
MUSTANG 9 SPARTANS - MANAGER JEFF KLEIN
The 2017 Mustang 9U Spartans TT had to find their feet after getting out of the gate slow, losing 2 games in the last at bat in the Cheviot Hills tournament. Soon that would change as the boys proceeded to go 8-2 over a 10 game stretch once they found their way, including scoring 32 runs in a game and earning a 2nd place finish in the Battle of the Foothills tournament, losing to a tough 9/10 combined Cheviot Hills tournament team.
The highlights and accomplishments noted below are a testament to the hard work all the boys put in throughout the summer as the coaching staff pushed them to improve their skills.
- Duke firing lasers from third base to get outs at first that mere mortal 9 year-olds had no chance of completing
- Logan not making an out for the 1st eight games while batting clean-up, ending with an other-worldly over .750 on-base % for the TT season
- Gavin going full superman on a dive in the outfield to stop a one-hopper and a sure inside-the-park HR on a huge field
- Marcelo showing everyone how to play the outfield with massive jumps on any fly balls in his area, cleaning up everything
- Tyler karate-chopping a high fast-ball over 215 ft for a one-hop ground-rule double over the fence on a Bronco-sized field
- Conner covering ridiculous ground at 2nd base to get to Texas-leaguers over the 1st baseman’s head and behind 2nd base, while stealing bases at will on the offensive side
- Luca beginning a triple play in the PONY tournament with a dive off the mound to catch a short pop-up, while leading the pitching staff with quality outing, after quality outing
- Andrew coming up with deep triples in back-to-back games with multiple runners on in the PONY tournament to help get us back in the games
- Reed coming up with big two-out hits and leading the team in RBIs over the first 7 games
- Michael setting the table for the team as the lead-off hitter, wreaking havoc on the base-paths…until a broken finger cut his season short
- Leon stroking doubles and home runs, while becoming a very good outfielder
- Jakob making a sliding catch in the gap in the outfield to take away a sure hit and save runs
- Shaan being Mr. Steady at short, getting to a 30 ft high short-hop ball pounded into the ground that made it bounce like it had hit cement – just like he had been practicing
These are just some of the highlights to a very enjoyable TT season where the boys made great strides. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the work of all the coaches, including Bret Franklin, Peter Breckheimer, Keith Bonnici, and Joshua Grady … and, the many parents who got the kids to practice and games as well as helping out when called upon.
Pinto 8 Cardinal - Mark Sanders
PINTO 8 SPARTANS - MANAGER ANTHONY PARRILLE
The 2017 Pinto 8 Spartans Tourney Team kicked off our season with a friendly scrimmage and family taco night against our Cardinal team brethren. Following the scrimmage, the Pinto 8 Spartans struck gold early out of the gate with a championship at the Cheviot Hills Memorial Day Tourney. After two quick pool play games that ended in under 4 innings via mercy rule, and a dominant 8-1 semifinal victory, the team found itself down 5-1 to Santa Monica in the championship game, but stormed back to take the title with a 12-7 victory.
The Spartans next traveled to Newport Beach but stumbled in the opener with a narrow loss. However, the team acclimated to the beach quite well the following 2 days with some of the best team play of the year, closing out Newport with 3 consecutive victories and its second tourney title, including victories over Newport Harbor and Newport Beach.
The team stayed close to home with a 2-1 record in the Montrose tournament, avenging it's Newport Beach opener loss, but falling in the semi's after multiple player absences due to illness.
The Pony tournament kicked off with District play and the Spartans once again dug deep to overcome a deficit in the opener and won going away with a 10 run inning to beat Charter Oak. After 2 more district victories, the Spartans took the East Region District 2 crown earning a much welcomed bye from the sectionals.
After the bye, the team opened East Regional tourney play with two victories and secured La Canada Baseball's first ever super regional berth for a Pinto division team.
The team's reward for the super regional berth was a trip to Moreno Valley, which was lovely, in July! Battling 105 degree heat at 6 PM at night, the team had one of the top seeds in the tournament, Temecula, on the ropes with spectacular pitching and defense, but eventually succumbed in the final inning by 1 run.
The team couldn't quite get enough baseball following the Pony tourney and entered a final tournament in Encino, compiling a 2-1 record.
The team finished with a 18-7 record, outscoring opponents 244-139, compiling 3 tournament championships, a Pony super regional berth and a new banner raised on Cornishon!
Pinto 7 Spartans - Matt Rocca
SHETLAND SPARTANS - MANAGER MARK LOUGHRIN
2017 was the first year in the history of the LCBSA that a Shetland Tournament Team was fielded. There were 14 boys selected for the team and we had a blast. We played in 2 tournaments, the Shetland Palooza and Shetland Pony Tournament and the boys fought hard. Unfortunately, we lost all 3 games in the Shetland Palooza tournament but we won the first game in LCBSA Shetland TT history vs Monterey Park in the Pony Tournament! Not only was it the first win, but the first game won by Mercy Rule, 15-2! Unfortunately, we lost twice in the Pony Sectional Tournament to a tough Whitter and Walnut team to end our first year run. Each boy learned a lot throughout the TT season and the families and coaches wish them all the best in the Pinto 7 and Pinto 8 seasons. Cheers!
2016 Tournament Teams
Another Successful Summer for TTs 2016!
We were lucky to have experienced and fresh new faces leading our tournament teams. Several divisions had two teams, consisting of the La Canada Spartans and the La Canada Cardinal. The managers were as follows:
Pinto 7 Spartans - Tim Pieper
Pinto 8 Spartans - Marcelo Sada
Pinto 8 Cardinal - Joe Radabaugh
Mustang 9 Spartans - Kevin Bender
Mustang 9 Cardinal - RJ Asplund
Mustang 10 Spartans - Matt Plocher
Bronco 11 Spartans - Scott Tomlinson
Bronco 11 Cardinal - Greg Andrews
Bronco 12 Spartans - Paul Geller
Bronco 12 Cardinal - Kevin Callahan
Most teams started the season playing at Cheviot Hills or Irvine for Memorial Day, followed by Newport Harbor for most or St. Hedwig. The traditional Orange County experience proved to be highly successful once again for both the quality of baseball and the hotel/poolside celebrations. Some of our teams went on to go to private tournament championships or took home the title.
Several teams went on to succeed through the PONY playoffs.
BRONCO 12S - SUMMER AND COOPERSTOWN 2016:
SPARTANS - MANAGER PAUL GELLER
CARDINAL - MANAGER KEVIN CALLAHAN
The Bronco 12 Spartans roared to a charge right from the beginning, going to the Championship at Cheviot, Newport Harbor, and Xtreme Baseball All Star Classic Chino Hills with an impressive 14-5 record. They then won the Championship at Los Dinos. Four tournaments, four championships, and one title.
In PONY, they went from Districts to the Sectionals, where they took home the Sectionals 2016 Championship title. They went to the semi-finals at Regionals, as a tune up for Cooperstown All Star Village.
In Cooperstown, the Spartans went on a 4-2 run during pool play, with an "everyone plays the same amount" approach - same number of at bats, same innings in the field, and everyone pitched. All of the boys had equal opportunities and all succeeded. In the playoffs, they played into the final day but were knocked out in the quarterfinals, losing to Pico Rivera who won the whole thing. They placed 13th out of the 52 teams that performed. Overall in Cooperstown, they went 6-3 - a talented group of players and coaches who dealt with adversity, fierce competition, and a competitive playing field throughout all of the tournaments. Congratulations to all of the boys on both squads, and to their coaches for their years of dedication and hard work.
Coach Callahan's Cardinal 12s are also doing well, battling in each and every game they've been a part of at several tournaments.
2016 BRONCO 11 SPARTANS - MANAGER SCOTT TOMLINSON
The 2016 Bronco 11 Spartans Tournament Team put together a great season, led by a dynamic group of boys that came together and did La Canada Baseball VERY proud, staking a claim as one of the stronger B11 teams in SoCal. Congrats to the following players on a fantastic campaign:
Ryland Bailey-Roque, Racin Delgatty, Neil Dewan, Ethan Geller, Alex Higa, Ryan Kiessling, Kasey Koehler, Beckett Ledahl, James Lievense, Christian Orozco, Nick Tomlinson and Clay Winnek.
And big thanks to assistant coaches Tom Higa, Ron Bailey and Saitiel Orozco for their commitment to the boys and for helping continue this group’s winning tradition, and to a great parent group for their warm and tireless support.
We got off to an uneven start, but were in every ballgame, with a couple of plays here or there making the difference in several one, two and three-run contests. Then we hit our stride in the second half, putting on display the kind of baseball we all knew this team was capable of playing. After the Redondo Sunset tournament, we challenged to boys to meet two goals: win the Montrose/Los Dinos tournament, and make it to the Super Region (no easy feat, as only two teams advanced from the Region). It was very gratifying to watch them achieve those goals, battling back from adversity in both tourneys. And then to play on the larger stage and show they belonged at the Super Region, fighting to the last at-bat in a tight, 7-5 contest vs. Camarillo? Great stuff. So, all told:
— 14 wins and 2 ties, .577 winning percentage
— Montrose/Los Dinos Tournament Champions (Down 5-1 in the championship and fought back for a walk-off 6-5 win)
— PONY West Zone, East Region Runner-up (Bringing a banner back to LC…BIG walk-off win against West Covina Red to punch our ticket for the Super Region)
— PONY West Zone, Super Region berth (Top 16 teams in SoCal)
— Great teamwork, brothers on and off the field, lots of FUN (The most important points of all)
It was an honor to work with this team, and I’m very proud of the way they represented the LCBSA, not only with their play, but with their sportsmanship and all-around great energy. What a wonderful summer of baseball!
Head Coach Scott Tomlinson
The Mustang 10 Spartans also made it to the Championship at Newport Harbor, and are poised for a possible PONY Sectionals title after making it to the Championship at Districts!
Coach Radabaugh's 8U Cardinal team played in our very first tourney June 18-19. They claimed 2nd
place in their bracket.
The best game was an 18-9 blasting of the tourney host team, the Redondo Sunset squad. So proud, hopefully more wins to come!
Stay tuned for details from each team, photos, and updates as the teams continue on this summer, and the two 12s teams get tuned up for Cooperstown beginning July 23 (you'll be able to watch it live through the All Star Village web cams).
Thank you to all families for supporting LCBSA, the Cooperstown fundraising, and your community support.
2015 Tournament Teams
Pinto 7 - Manager Greg Nassir
Irvine Memorial Day Tournament
Our LC Pinto 7 Tournament Team could not have made us prouder. After being warned that the Pinto 7’s historically have a tough time in their first tournament appearance, our boys tied their first game against the host team, lost our second game against a team that no one else had scored more than 1 run on (we scored 3!) and won our last game in a nail biter worthy of a Sports Center recap.
Before the tournament, we paraphrased Tommy Lasorda and reminded them that in order to be a great team they need to play for the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back. They came together and played as a team, no one complained about their position assignments and they improved tremendously throughout the weekend, bringing big bats (including some home runs) and making some massive plays (double plays, running down base runners in pickle situations and a killer frozen rope throw from home back to third enabling the final out to win the game).
Huge thanks to the coaching staff, our awesome team mom and dad, and all the parents for all their support, work and help. These kids came to play for the name on the front… and they rocked it… go LC!
Pinto 8 - Manager Scott Tomlinson
Congratulations on a great season to the 2015 La Canada Pinto 8 Tournament Team: Davis Bender, Ryan Bender, Luke Cullen, Jacob Harp, Will Hoshek, Carson Kelly, Seth Kozakar, Tait Landswick, Sumo Larsen, William Lievense, Thomas Marchetti, Justice Nguyen, Matthew Park and Josh Tomlinson.
From the first practice to the last game, these boys showed great improvement, individually and as a team. With nearly half the roster getting their first taste of tournament ball, we were a little more green than usual, which made it all the more satisfying to watch the switches flip as the entire squad locked in and played increasingly better baseball as the season went on. They were eager to learn, worked hard and had all kinds of fun along the way.
Highlights include a second place finish in our bracket at Big League Dreams, followed by a boisterous raising of the runner-up trophy, a piece of hardware rivaling the Stanley Cup (but with just a bit more plastic), and a big win against a scrappy Whittier team in PONY District that put us one game away from qualifying for the Region. Alas, we came up just short in an 8-6 heartbreaker to Duarte, but our side showed great poise and determination in coming back from a 5-0 deficit, never saying die and fighting to the last at-bat. And speaking of fighting to the last AB, the boys finished their season with a win in a friendly against San Marino, battling back from two runs down in the bottom of the 6th for a walk-off 8-7 victory.
Big thanks as well to a great parent group, and to assistant coaches Dan Lievense and Chris Park for all of their hard work. At every level it was a joy to be involved with this team, and I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more from these boys as the years progress. They love baseball, and it shows…can’t ask for much more than that.
Manager Scott Tomlinson
Mustang 10 Cardinal - Manager Paul Geller
Irvine Memorial Day Tournament and Newport Harbor Tournaments
The Cardinal 10s came out FIRING in one of LC's best performances in Irvine seen. They went 3-1 overall, and came up tied for the wildcard for the semifinals. Only a two runs allowed differential with the other 3-1 team kept us from playing on Monday. There were so many highlights, from the near flawless 2-0 start on Saturday, to the mercy against Mexico, knocking their fireballing 6'1", mustache laden "10 year old" starter out in the third inning with a 7-0 lead...way to go LC!!!
And that train kept going, splitting the games 2-2 in Newport Harbor, only because of one bad inning that gave one of our wins away, which would have put us once again in the semis and likely in the finals.
Thank you to the wonderful families and coaches who are putting so much time into making sure the kids learn, grow, build comeraderia, and enjoy themselves.
Big League Dreams
The boys continued to play hard and battle, going 1-1-1. We had hoped to play in the semis but came up just short. They did fantastic though, and loved the replica fields, playing on Ebbets and Tiger Stadium.
St. Hedwig/PONY Districts/Sectionals/Regionals
Our 10s continued to pile on the wins, and bring it to the competition. We went undefeated going into the St. Hedwig final, only to lose the championship in a very close game. Runners up in our first championship...not bad.
On to PONY. A loss that shouldn't have been, a win, and another loss to Whittier, and we found ourselves upset for giving it away. So - we took it to Sectionals: our boys went 4-0, running the table to bring home the Champions banner now donning the fences at Cornishon.
At Regionals, 8 teams participated. We ended up in the quarter-finals, and found ourselves pretty tired but competing. We were 1-1 and fighting out of the losers bracket to try to get to Supers, and beat Monrovia (who we beat twice in Sectionals), to get to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, fatigue set in a little bit, and though we kept it close (5-3) we came up just a little bit short. Three of the eight teams go to Supers - we took fourth.
BUT WHAT A RECAP FOR THE MUSTANG 10 CARDINALS:
FINAL RECORD: 20-7-1. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP, ONE RUNNER UP, AND AN AMAZING SHOWING AT ALL TOURNAMENTS.
I WAS HONORED TO MANAGER SUCH A WONDERFUL GROUP OF KIDS, TO SPEND TIME WITH SUCH GREAT FAMILIES THIS SUMMER, AND TO HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM EVERYONE IN MUCH THE SAME WAY I HOPED TO INSPIRE AND TEACH THE BOYS THIS WONDERFUL GAME OF BASEBALL. GO LC! - COACH GELLER
Mustang 10 Gold (Smash) - Manager John Winnek
Bronco 11 Cardinal - Manager Russ Stanton
Our 2nd trip to the balmy shores of Newport Harbor proved fruitful once again, as your Spartans broke into the win column, administered their first mercy game, went .500 on the weekend and made the semi-finals in only their second outing of the 2015 campaign. They handily beat teams from comparable leagues/programs. The slow start in Irvine proved once again to cease as the lads build and move forward.
EPIC 15 INNING 16-10 VICTORY: 5 HOURS AND 10 MINUTE GAME!
Bronco 11 Gold - Manager Kevin Callahan
A great showing by the 11 Gold squad, battling all competitors with tournament caliber play at every turn.
Big League Dreams proved to be just as fun, and the boys loved playing on the replica fields!
Pony 13 - Manager Jim Hartman
2014 Tournament Teams
Pinto 7: Manager Dan Lievense
These young boys came ready to play each and every game and what ever the score was win or loose. They always showed great sportsmanship, tried their hardest, and always walked off the field with a smile on there faces. These are the future boys of LC baseball, I was lucky enough to be given this great opportunity to coach these fine young men. They all have extremely supportive parents who drove them all over, got them to practice and games on time, and always in the right uniforms. LC baseball has a bright future with these special kids.
Pinto 8: Managers Mike Swanson and Matthew Shupper
MIKE SWANSON'S CARDINALS:
The highlight of the season definitely came when the 8s WON their Tournament at Field of Dreams. WAY TO GO, LC!
Mustang 9: Managers Scott Tomlinson and Greg Geisler
SCOTT TOMLINSON'S CARDINALS:
Ah, parting is such sweet sorrow, but there’s no crying in baseball so here’s a hearty cheer for a great M9 TT season. Congrats to our entire squad: Ryland Bailey-Roque, Racin Delgatty, Ethan Geller, Hayden Graybill, Alex Higa, Ryan Kiessling, Kasey Koehler, Ethan Kuang, James Lievense, Christian Orozco, Peter Terry, Nick Tomlinson and Clay Winnek.
It was an absolute honor to work with these boys over the summer, and I couldn’t be more proud of the progress they made from start to finish. They were all very receptive to coaching, worked hard and represented LC baseball in wonderful fashion. I received a lot of compliments over the weeks from other team’s parents and grandparents, as well as coaches and tournament directors, telling me how impressed they were with the sportsmanship and class we showed on and off the field. That’s a great testament to the boys and their families. Thank you to everybody for your general awesomeness, and all of your support along the way.
And a special shout-out to Tom Higa and Dave Kuang for all of their fantastic coaching help, and for covering me when my crazy schedule got even crazier. It’s a great relief when you have strong baseball guys working with you.
Highlights: I am thinking about the big comebacks against M10 Gold, Irvine and the barnburner victory against the elite Toluca Thunder squad, when we scored 11 in the bottom of the 6th to seal the deal. And I will be smiling for years over the Whittier Red win, and the way the boys battled back and closed things out on defense against another top team, thereby securing a spot in the Super Region. Pretty sure I tore my rotator cuff fist-pumping after that last out was made. What a great game. Overall, the M9 Cardinal team won 6 and tied 3, and were a few breaks here and there from a couple of more wins. But that’s part of baseball, and the bottom line is the boys showed great poise and fight all season long, coming together as a team, playing for each other and leaving it all out on the field.
So there are highlights, yes, but mostly I’m thinking about a great group of kids smiling, and laughing, and having fun playing baseball. And there's really nothing better than that.
All the best…
- Manager Scott Tomlinson
Mustang 10: Managers Russ Stanton and John Vrsalovich
RUSS STANTON'S CARDINALS:
Here's what we will remember about the summer of 2014.
--We played 30 games this year, 50% more than last summer.
--We played a much higher caliber of baseball and against better teams.
--Our overall record could have been considerably better than a sub .500 season, as there were 9 other games that we should have won, including four of the last five of the season. A better throw, a base hit, a favorable hop, and we're just as easily 20-10.
--Of the 8 tournaments we played in, we made it to the semi-finals twice (Newport Harbor and Summer Smash) and the finals once (Sections).
--We were involved in 12 games decided 10 runs or more (so-called mercy games), winning 8 of them.
--Our pitchers threw two no-hitters, one of which was a perfect game, and one 1-hitter.
--We scored more runs (221) than we surrendered (217).
As importantly, every one o' the boys contributed to the overall success of the team. We had too many memorable moments for every one the players to be mentioned here, but note that the improvement and growth of baseball knowledge for each player was exponential.
For your coaching staff, the best part of this experience was watching the boys grow as ballplayers and teammates. This summer was one of dramatic improvement on both fronts. As our league continues to improve and become stronger, we will win more of those one-run games and look to win more tournaments.
It was a privilege and a blast to coach your boys. We can’t express enough gratitude to Glen Mertens, Sam Demonteverde, and all of the parents for your assistance and support this summer.
-- Manager Russ Stanton, Coaches Paul Geller, Willie Rivera, and Glendon Rusch
JOHN VRSALOVICH'S GOLDS:
The La Canada Mustang 10 Gold Squad had a successful tournament season, playing in five tournaments and nearly 20 games. The squad ended up slightly below .500 but also picked up a runner-up in the Newbury Park Tournament. It was a great family and team experience. Much thanks to Assistant Coaches Erckenbrack and Stroben! Go Gold!
Bronco 11: Manager Doug Frey
La Canada Bronco 11 had a great summer tournament season playing in 18 games and five tournaments. The Bronco 11 team played in the Irvine Memorial, La Canada Summer Smash, St Hedwig, Newbury Park and Big League Dream's All Star Extravaganza Tournaments. The team competed and improved throughout the tournament team season. More so, they bonded as a squad as is evidenced by this great photo post their game against Mexico in Irvine.
Manager Doug Frey and Coaches Jeff Umland, Jed Sherwindt, Chris Erskine and Steve Toland.
Bronco 12: Manager John Winnek
Twelve LCBSA boys made the trip to Cooperstown this year, including Buddy Arnold, Jacob Buntich, Michael Callahan, Luke Dickie, Dan Fuelling, Liam Hartman, Charlie James, Ben Kim, Nathan Longwell, Kyle Osornia, Robby Wilson, and Matt Winnek. Not deterred by injuries, they competed fiercely, grew as a team, as well as individually, and finished with a winning record. In fact, before heading off to Cooperstown, our team won the 2014 West Zone PONY East Region Section 2 Championship! Some highlights from Cooperstown:
- Our pool play record was 4-2 (ranked 15th);
- Our overall record was were 5-3;
- We finished 9th in the tournament of 40 teams, losing to the #2 seed that went to the championship game;
- We hit more Home Runs than any other team our week at All Star Village – 24 in total!
Most importantly, the boys learned a lot about baseball, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. They also solidified friendships that were started on the baseball diamond seven years ago, as Shetlands, and created memories that will last a lifetime.
This was an incredible FAMILY experience. We had Grandparents from La Canada, Fresno, Baltimore, Pennsylvania and other states on the east coast come up to Cooperstown for the week. Parents showed up to 7AM games and stayed until games were over at 11PM. La Canada families that went on vacation in New York stopped by to cheer on our team – The Leivense. The boys literally; ate, slept, showered, laughed and commiserated together for a week. It was Amazing!