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Joe and Willie Off to Omaha and Then the Pros!

June 2018

University of Washington stars, Joe DeMers and Willie MacIver, and their Husky team, are headed to the College World Series after a dramatic extra inning win in the deciding game of the Super Regionals.
It is UW’s first trip to Omaha.
The win capped a memorable week for long-time Lamorinda Baseball stalwarts MacIver and DeMers, who were drafted last week (9th and 11th rounds) by the Colorado Rockies and the Oakland Athletics, respectively.
Joe DeMers was one of the greatest players ever to play Lamorinda Baseball. The many-time-selection to Team USA led the national team to several world titles.
He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year for Coach Andy Tarpley at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill.
He led the Lamorinda Cougars to Travelball National Championships at 11U and 13U and he was selected as the Travelball Player of the Year by TravelballSelect at 12U.

The childhood friends grew up together, starting their baseball careers for the Pleasant Hill Condors before joining Lamorinda Baseball, the Zoots, College Park and finally the University of Washington.
While Willie was one of the most clutch performers in regional travel ball, he was a relative late bloomer as a pro prospect.
He burst on the national radar with his invitation to play summer ball at Cape Cod last year and had a spectacular performance resulting in his All Cape Cod League post season selection.
We couldn’t be happier for or prouder of these two and wish them all the best as they battle in Omaha and in their professional careers!

Three LM Alum Drafted in the 1st Round!!!

Three future 1st round draft picks all pictured here with Coach Andy Tarpley

Trevor Larnach (front: 5th from the left), Nico Hoerner (back: 2nd LM player from left), Nick Madrigal (back: 4th LM player from left).  All pictured here with head coach, Andy Tarpley, at the USA Championship in Ft. Myers,Florida.

We are so proud and happy for Nico, Trevor, and Nick for their selections in the 1st round on Monday.
All three have outstanding parent support groups and all three have steadily improved their games over the years. They are grinders and they are winners!
A passion and dedication to the game, and to their craft, along with the sacrifice of countless weekends over the years, has paid off… in a big way.

Nico was the cornerstone of the outstanding Lamorinda Monarchs team, winners of the NYBC National Championship.
Trevor and his father Adam were a key part of the founding of the Lamorinda Cougars powerhouse team.
Nick parlayed a summer with our Lamorinda Underclass team to a selection on the USA National Team.

Good luck in the pros!!!

DRAFTED!!!  Nico Hoerner

June 2018

Nico Hoerner rounding third base. Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Huge Congratulations to Nico Hoerner, the entire Hoerner family, and to the Cubs for getting an outstanding baseball player and an outstanding young man in Nico Hoerner! 1st Round Draft Pick and 24th overall!!!

Nico was one of the finest hitters ever to wear our pinstripes.
He led his Lamorinda Monarchs team to the organization’s first NYBC national championship and he was among our first players to be selected to the USA National Team where he started at shortstop.
Best wishes to Nico for an outstanding career in pro ball!

DRAFTED!!! Trevor Larnach

Another Huge Congratulations, this time to Trevor Larnach, and his family for his selection in the first round (#20) by the Minnesota Twins!

Way back when, Trevor was a long skinny kid that was a little bit of a deer in the headlights.

And then, under tutelage of master hitting instructor (and his high school head coach) Andy Tarpley, he became a really good player.

In college, at Oregon State, he became one of the finest amateur players in the country.

Trevor has a great support group behind him with dad, Adam, a steady influence and advisor, always close by his side.

You don’t get to the level that Trevor has without good people around you – good parents and good coaches.

Congratulations to Trevor for all the hard work and grinding he’s put in over the years… we wish him all the very best as a pro!


5 players from the two-time national travelball champion Lamorinda Cougars were invited to play in the prestigious Cape Cod league in 2017.

The Cape Cod League is well known as the showcase for rising 3rd year college players – in other words the most important showcase for 2018 draft eligible college players.

Nico Hoerner – Stanford/SS

Willie McIver – University of Washington/C, 3B

Joe DeMers – University of Washington/RHP</b

Justin Hooper – UCLA/LHP

Trevor Larnach – Oregon State/OF



Special Congratulations to Nico, Willie and Justin who were honored following the season by being selected as Cape Cod All Stars.

The Lamorinda Cougars were selected by Travelball Select as the National Champions Following the 2007 and 2009 seasons.

Winners of the Elite World Series, Cooperstown Dreams Park and a number of Super NIT’s and other high profile events, the Lamorinda Cougars were the first northern Cal team to win a travelball national championship.

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)


Four Former Lamorinda Players Named Among the Top 50 Sophmore Players in the Nation!


Congratulations to the four Lamorinda Alumni players who made Max Preps’ list of the Top 50 Sophmore Players in the Nation!

#3 –  Joe DeMers
#7 –  Lucas Herbert
#19 – Nico Hoerner
#25 – Nick Madrigal

Keep up the hard work boys!

Click here to read the full article.

Two of Lamorinda’s former Aces and longtime friends faced each other in an incredible pictching duel on Wednesday night. Take a look at the picture of the boys as Lamorinda Cougar teammates four years ago and the one taken Wednesday night’s game:


Here is the article from the Contra Costa Times:

Longtime friends DeMers, Slominski square off in pitcher’s duel to remember

By Damin Esper Correspondent San Jose Mercury News

PLEASANT HILL — Daniel Slominski knows he’s going to hear about Wednesday’s first round North Coast Section Division II baseball game all summer long.

Not just because his good friend Joe DeMers and the College Park Falcons bested Slominski and the Livermore Cowboys 1-0. But because DeMers started a seventh-inning rally for the game’s only run with a leadoff double. That inning — and the game — ended with Austin Garcia’s walk-off single.

“I’m playing with him in summer, I’m not going to hear the end of it,” Slominski said, adding.
Said DeMers, “Probably. Just as he would do if he won. I was pumped and I wasn’t going to let him beat me.”

The Falcons (19-5-1) advanced to Saturday’s second round against Maria Carrillo-Santa Rosa. The Cowboys finished the year 11-14.

The game lived up to its billing with two of the top pitchers in the area squaring off. The matchup was made even more delicious by the fact that Slominski and DeMers have known each other since they were 9 years old, playing on travel ball teams every summer.

“It’s just hard looking at him on the mound, just laughing,” Slominski said. “I pitched against him a couple of times. But not in high school. It’s a mix of emotions, I don’t know what to think about it. It’s fun, it’s weird, it’s exciting, it’s everything.”

This was their first matchup in a high school game of the right-handers. DeMers, a sophomore, allowed three hits and struck out nine against no walks. Slominski was not quite as sharp, also allowing three hits (two in the seventh) while striking out two and walking six (one intentional).

DeMers retired 14 in a row at one point, striking out seven of those — including five consecutive strikeouts in the fourth and fifth.

However, DeMers was touched for a leadoff single in the top of the seventh by Austin Hall. Ryan Ruley was asked to sacrifice pinch-runner Scott Chapeta to second, but DeMers fielded the bunt quickly and threw Chapeta out. Ruley was caught stealing with Slominski at the plate, and Slominski then was caught looking on a fastball to end the inning.

DeMers led off the bottom of the seventh with a booming double to right-center field.

“I just went up there to try to go the other way with something,” DeMers said. “He was working outside all game, hitting his spots real well. I was just trying to get something started. It turned out a good little hit to right.”

Trevor Larnach was intentionally walked and pinch-hitter Scott Hroza was asked to sacrifice, but ended up bunting foul with two strikes for a strikeout. Anthony Baleto then popped to second. Willie Maciver drew a walk to load the bases. Garcia then came up and quickly fell behind 0-2.

“We put somebody on first to get out of it and we got two outs right away,” Livermore coach Gabe Gutierrez said. “(Slominski) did a great job coming through in the clutch. You get him down two strikes and you’re down to the last batter, it’s one of those things, either the guy hits it or he doesn’t. And he happened to hit it.”

Yes, Garcia did. He lofted a deep fly ball to left field. Sean Amaral turned left, then right but the ball was well over his head.

Slominski said there’s not much to say about a game like Wednesday’s.

“It comes down to that one thing,” he said. “A couple of pitches, that’s what will decide the game. I just couldn’t get out of it. Came close. Just that one pitch.”

Slominski added that he was impressed with how DeMers pitched.

“Wonderful like always,” he said. “Whenever I see that guy pitch, he’s on his game. Can’t wait to play with him this summer.”

Former Lamorinda Player Joe Demers Voted Youth1’s 2012 Male Athlete of the Year!


(Youth1) – One of Lamorinda’s finest baseball players, pitcher Joe Demers, won a very close race for Male Athlete of the Year, gaining 37.9% of the votes. The California native is arguably the No. 1 baseball player in the country after a very successful 2011 season with the prestigious Lamorinda National team, where he is the starting pitcher. At 14 years old, Demers was selected to play for the 16U USA National Team that won gold in Mexico. This marked his second invitation to the national team after being selected one year prior to compete in Nicaragua. His stellar play awarded him Travel Ball Select Player of the Year honors in both 2010 and 2011. His 2012 is off to a great start so far now that he can add a Youthee for Male Athlete of the year.