Lamorinda Baseball Club


 12U Lamorinda Knights Crowned 2015 Travelball National Champions


This past week 30 12U Travelball Teams from all over the US traveled to East Cobb, Marietta GA to battle for the prestigious title of Travelball Champions. A great tournament it was which did not disappoint. Teams played in a 6 game guarantee (4 pool & Double Elimination) format over a 5 day period. The Championship game did not disappoint with great match up between the teams. It was the Lamorinda Knights from California to take the honors in the 12U division defeating a tough North Texas Banditos – Audrey from Texas in a 7-2 battle.


 MaxPreps 2015 Player of the Year: Joe DeMers, College Park

Whether it was on the mound or at the plate, Joe DeMers came up big for College Park (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) all season long.


Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Joe DeMers, College Park

As a pitcher, DeMers posted a 13-1 overall record. The one loss came against De La Salle’s Justin Hooper, one of the top left-handed pitchers in the country. DeMers also posted three no-hitters on the season, including a perfect game, and came within a fair-ball-down-the-line of pitching a fourth no-hitter. Among his wins were victories over Tennessee Class 3A runner-up Farragut, Central Coast Section Open Division champion Saint Francis and De La Salle (in the North Coast Section championship game).

DeMers also finished the season with a 0.51 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched.

At the plate, he was one of the top hitters in Northern California, batting .447 with 44 RBIs, 16 doubles and six home runs. He also came up big in big games, belting two home runs against Saint Francis, going 3-for-5 against Florida Class 5A runner-up Mosley and knocking a double with an RBI in the championship game against De La Salle.

For his impressive play all season long, DeMers is the 2015 MaxPreps National Baseball Player of the Year.

DeMers was also the leader of a team that won back-to-back North Coast Section championships for the first time in school history. College Park finished 26-4 overall and ended the year ranked No. 7 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 50 National Rankings.

The best part about DeMers, according to coach Andy Tarpley, might be his ability to win.

”The knack that he has for knowing how to win a baseball game … When some of the players would struggle, he would understand the situation and get a big hit when we needed it … close a game, start a game, play third base,” Tarpley told Phil Jensen of the Contra Costa Times.

DeMers did not get drafted in the Major League First Year Player Draft last month, however that might be due more to his intent to follow through on his scholarship to the University of Washington than a mark against his abilities as a pitcher. DeMers was considered a second-round talent entering the draft.

Also named the Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year, DeMers finished his career with a 44-5 pitching record and 332 strikeouts compared to just 37 walks. He also had a career batting average of 382 with 112 RBIs, 39 doubles and 13 home runs.


 MaxPreps honored six former LM players as California All State selections for the 2015 High School season

In addition, head coach of NCS Division 1 champion College Park, and head coach of LM 18U and 16U teams — Andy Tarpley – was selected as the California State High School Coach of the year.

The player group was led by Joe DeMers who was also selection as the MaxPrep National Player of the Year.

Congratulations to Tarp and the group of players and best of luck at the next level!!


MLB Draft 2015: Getting drafted, with University of Washington catcher Austin Rei, founding member of LM, Lamorinda Generals 2004-2007


Completing the task: College Park (Calif.), Chris Brown stop Loyalsock Township (Pa.)

(USA Baseball – March 26, 2015)


Mr. Everything: Joe DeMers, College Park (Calif.) stop Farragut (Tenn.)

(USA Baseball –  March 25, 2015)




SC’s Javier Felix set to compete at USA Baseball’s 14U NTDP

(Santa Cruz Sentinel – July 21, 2014)


Bad Behavior on Social Media Can Cost Recruits

(WCNC/Associated Press – August 12, 2014)


Showcases, Travel Ball Become Paramount For Prep Players

(Baseball America, July 15, 2013 by P.K. Daniel)