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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Inspired by injured teammate Siempre Lopez (#siemprestrong), the Cubs put together a tremendous team effort at the plate and in the field to advance to the Intermediate championship game on Saturday against the Dodgers with a 14-2 win over the Angels. Jonah Cohen threw a magnificent complete game for the Cubs and Jackson Watten played well as a call-up. The Angels see their terrific season come to an end after a remarkable end-of-season winning streak that brought them to the brink of the regular season championship.
Championship Saturday starts at 8:30am. The crowd will be cheering and the burgers will be grilling, so come on down to the park and enjoy the final day of the LBLL 2019 Season.
A battle ensued on the major field Tuesday eve as The Intermediate Dodgers overcame a very powerful Cub team to secure a spot in this Saturdays Championship game. After a shaky start, Cubs pitcher Antonio settled in to strike out four Dodgers during a respectable 4 and a third innings. Dodgers Pitcher Laton Hunter went the better part of four innings as well, striking out 8.
The Courage of The Century award goes to Cubs Siempre Lopez as he took a hard shot to the mouth on a deep fly ball hit to left field. Not only did he complete the play with a mouth full of blood, he regrouped to hit a hard line-drive down the first base side in his next at bat.
Kudos to Siempre for showing the grit of a true Ball player. Dodger infielders Hunter and Voytilla worked some magic gloving several hard hit shots to short and firing off great throws to first baseman Alex Ioannou who could not have been more limber in his stretch.
It got a bit dicey in the final inning with the Cubs forging a comeback off a well hit triple in the sixth inning scoring two runs. Dodger Closer Luke Lohman called upon rock steady nerves with the go ahead run at the plate finishing the game in style leaving two ducks on the pond.
The winner of Thursdays Cubs / Angels game (Thurs @ 5:00pm) will face the Dodgers on the major field at 8:30am this Saturday. Bring your coffee and bare witness to what should be an amazing Championship Game!