Lunada Bay Little League - along with associated Little Leagues around the PV Peninsula have been closely following developments related to COVID-19. As PVPUSD is weighing precautions to limit the transmission of Novel Coronavirus, it has moved to immediately restrict many activities at their various sites -- including LBLL and other local Little League parks. We support the judgment of PVPUSD overseeing the schools that the majority of our players attend, and we think it wise to err on the side of caution when the health of our players, their families, and our community is potentially at issue.
We are, therefore, immediately suspending all official league activities until further notice. That includes all practices, games, cages, clinics, etc...
We have also been in communication with PVLL, RHLL and SSLL with whom we play many of our games -- and all the Hill leagues are suspended and we are continuing to work together on these matters. Though we have not officially made any decisions on when we will return or even re-evaluate, it is worth noting that Little League International is urging all leagues to consider cancelling all activities until at least April 6th.
If you should have any questions or concerns regarding this suspension, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Stay tuned and we will do our best to keep you updated on when baseball by the Bay will return to action as soon as info becomes available. In the meantime, keep safe and stay healthy!
The LBLL Major Braves took their tribe on the road Saturday to face the SSLL Pirates at Ernie Howlett Field. When the dust settled, the Braves stayed undefeated, notching a 9 - 5 win and remaining the last undefeated Majors team on the Hill.
The action started early with the Braves' Cole Harper getting the start. Harper was strong throughout the contest, but gave up a two-run homer to the Pirates clean-up hitter James Humphrey in the 1st inning. Overall, Harper put 60% of his pitches over the plate for strikes, giving up four runs in two innings of work. Harper helped himself later with two great at bats and multiple RBI's. The Braves also benefitted from strong performances by Wes Wang, Franco Correa and Chance "Mr. Consistency" Voytilla on the mound to keep the contest close. Overall, the entire Braves' pitching staff combined for six K's on the day.
Despite a sluggish start the Braves eventually found their footing. At the end of the 3rd, they found themselves down 5-1, needing a spark. That is when the bats finally came alive up and down the entire lineup. Kent Kraemer led the Braves hitting attack, and proved to be that spark as he blasted a pair of doubles and drove in three runs overall. Bennett Hong, Joey Beviliacqua, Dabe Nwude, and Luke Lohman also contributed valuable hits -- with Lohman also accounting for an RBI.
After the game the Braves Skipper Shannon Townley seemed visibly shaken over two early miscues of his own -- both resulting in Braves runners being thrown out at home. Townley was overheard telling his team that he thought he was being smart, but "as it turns out there are only two authentic geniuses in the world: WIllie Mays and Willie Shakespeare".
The Braves will be back in action this Saturday at 1:30PM against the PVLL Cubs.
The Major Dodgers welcomed the Rolling Hills Dodgers to Lunada Bay on Saturday looking to win their third straight and end a grueling two week schedule at 4-2. Lunada Bay would send Jonah Cohen to the mound making his third start of the year and Rolling Hills gave the ball to Marco Teich. Cohen looked very comfortable in the early going cruising through two innings striking out four. Lunada Bay meanwhile got things started quickly when Laton Hunter led the game off with a double and scored on an RBI hit from Jake Dox. Dox would score on an RBI hit from Trevor Jones. Jones would make his way to third base and would score on a perfect sacrifice bunt from Antonio Robles. The Lunada Bay led 3-0 after one.
The Rolling Hills bats would come alive in the top if the third when Aiden Ko led off the inning with a hit. Leadoff batter Spencer Barsam would then single and two more RH Dodgers would reach base loading the bases for cleanup batter Max Sarner. Sarner sent a 1-1 fastball back up the middle that would clear the bases and give the Rolling Hills a 5-3 lead. Lunada Bay would add a run in their half of the third when Jonah Cohen was sent home by a hard hit double down the left field line by Gavin Hanson trimming the RH lead to one run .
Lunada Bay would add two in the bottom of the fourth when with two outs Dominik Hernando was hit by a pitch and both Intermediate call ups Luke Sullivan and Wes Agnew found a way to get on base loading the bases. Hernado and Sullivan would both score on a single by Laton Hunter giving Lunada Bay a 6-5 lead heading to the fifth. The LB Dodgers sent Laton Hunter to the mound to try and earn the two inning save. He worked a scoreless fifth striking out two before giving up a hit to Tyler Lo and would have given up another hit if it wasn’t for the spectacular glove work of second baseman Antonio Robles who flat out robbed Owen Hamilton of a sure hit to end the inning. In the bottom of the fifth Lunada Bay - leading by one - would record two immediate outs before starting a rally that would see seven LB Dodger batters come to the plate and six runs across. The highlights included a hard hit single by Nico Stavrakis and once again the two Intermediate call ups, Luke Sullivan and Wes Agnew, would not only reach base but would both score.
With a 12-5 lead the Lunada Bay team felt pretty good going to the top half of the sixth. That’s when on a 2-0 count Laton Hunter made the mistake of not shaking off the pitch called by his Manager and left a breaking ball hanging to Rolling Hills’ Sarner. Sarner homered off the scoreboard in deep left field marking the first homerun of the season at Lunada Bay. In a great show of sportsmanship the entire LB infield gave Sarner high fives as he rounded the bases. Hunter moved on striking out the next two and would end the game on a groundout to short. The final score was LB Dodgers 12 and the RH Dodgers 6. The LB Dodgers improve their record to 4-2 on the season.