Dylan Dempster capped off a tremendous 2019 LBLL Closing Day as the Cunha Award recipient, given annually to the player who through his love of the game and perseverance best epitomized the true spirit of LBLL for this year! LBLL was also pleased to acknowledge the T-Ball Bats managed by Pat Carey as the team Hit-A-Thon fundraising champions, and acknowledged the Hit-A-Thon divisional hitting champions: Kai Leanza (Lake Monsters, T-ball), Camden Smith (Hot Rods, Farm), Nicholas Yun (Minors, Giants), Keegan Smith (Intermediate, Astros), and Dylan Dempster (Majors, Cubs). Congratulations to all!
Leading up to the awards ceremony the action on the field was tremendous all day long. The Dodgers looked strong in overcoming the Cubs for the Intermediate title, and then the Challengers, T-ball, and Farm players put on a show before the Minors and Majors championship games saw the Giants outlast the Mariners and the Dodgers get past the Diamondbacks.
After the closing ceremonies, some coaches and players then participated in the traditional end-of-Closing-Day coaches game before everyone showered up and headed to Brende Ranch for a fantastic Diamond Ball to close the season!
This brings the 2019 LBLL regular season to an end, but we're not done yet! Good luck to our King of the Hill and Tournament of Champions teams in Intermediate and Majors, and to all of our 2019 All Stars. And please be sure to sign up for summer baseball at the link below! Go Bay!
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The 2019 Lunada Bay Little League playoffs are off to an exciting start in all three upper divisions. Extremely close games have been the story as all of the teams are giving it their all. Six of eight games played so far have been decided by a mere single run -- and the remaining two games were each decided by only two runs!
The action continues today in an elimination game between the Intermediate Astros and the Intermediate Angels at 5:00 on the Majors Field. Don't miss it!
As one of the few eleven-year-olds in Majors, Cole Harper has quietly contributed a stellar season largely in the shadows of his twelve-year-old teammates, but on Monday night when his teammates needed him most Cole put the team on his back and carried the Diamondbacks to a much-needed, 13-11 playoff win over the Cubs!
Cole reached base all four times at bat and scored three runs to help the visiting Diamondbacks take what seemed a commanding 13-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but then the roof caved in. The Cubs strung together a series of seeing-eye singles punctuated emphatically by a couple of massive hits from Mateo Mackiewicz and Nic Brae. Suddenly seven runs had scored, two pitchers had been chased, and the Cubs bench and fans were at full volume sensing a comeback win. Into the teeth of this storm strode Cole Harper, who took the mound and calmly coaxed three outs out of the Cubs 1-2-3 hitters and saved the victory for a relieved Diamondbacks squad.
For the Diamondbacks, Donovan Capozzola contributed two difficult and crucial defensive plays at first base and Telmo Corral turned in a brilliant starting pitching performance, allowing only one run in 3 and 1/3 innings on just 41 pitches. The Cubs' John Duffy also looked good on the mound, with an effective eighty-five pitch middle-relief stint that kept the game in reach for the Cubs after a fast Diamondbacks start.
Both teams enjoyed strong efforts from call-ups. Franco Correa and Jake Dox played for the Cubs while the Diamondbacks had Wesley Wang and Sullivan Townley, as well as Ian Malishka, who played well on defense and scored a run for the Diamondbacks in his call-up debut.
The Diamondbacks advance to play the Dodgers on May 23, with a spot in the Championship Game on Closing Day on the line, while the losing team will play the Cubs on May 29.