Lamorinda Baseball Club

10u Lamorinda Knights

Congratulations to the 10U Lamorinda Knights who finished a fantastic 2013 season. The Knights played 100 games and ended the season with a record of 83 wins, 16 losses, and 1 tie. The Knights won 9 tournament championships throughout the year.

Some of their season highlights include:

  • Going 5-0 to win the Presidents Day Super NIT.
  • Winning the Northern California Travel Ball Select Super Regional in a 6-0 sweep.
  • Placing 3rd at the USSSA Elite World Series in Florida with a record of 7-1.
  • If these numbers are not impressive enough, consider that the Knights were actually playing up at the 11u level for a lot of their tournaments.
  • Travelball Select ranked the Lamorinda Knights as the 3rd best 10u team in the country for 2013!


Congratulations to the 10U Lamorinda Knights for playing up in the 11U Open division and winning. They beat the Almaden Bulldogs 9-7 in the Championship after being down by a score of 7-1. The Knights won 3 games today to take the title. Great job Knights!


Congratulations to Davis Diaz and Carl Vesi Light for being tournament MVP’s of the 11U “Battle of the Bay” tournament at Twin Creeks.



Congratulations to the 10U Lamorinda Knights who had a great run in the Bat Wars Super NIT in SoCal. The competition was stacked with 11 highly ranked teams. The Knights made it to the championship game, where they lost a heart breaker 11-10 to the Diamond Stingrays,  the top 10U team in the country. All the boys played thier hearts out all weekend. Great job boys and way to represent Northern California with pride. Go Knights!

Congratulations to the 10U Lamorinda Knights who went 6-0 this weekend to win the TBS Super Regional in Northern California. The Knights outscored their opponents 46-11.  The Championship game was one for the story books. The game was scoreless until the botton of the 11th, when the Knights brought in the winning run and ended the game 1-0.

A big congratulations to the tournament MVPs, Nick Strong and Petey Halpin and to the entire team for playing hard all weekend.
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Here is Got-Em Baseball’s write-up of the incredible Championship game:

The Greatest 10U Game Ever?

The 10U Championship game of the 2013 Northern California TbS Super Regional will forever be remembered as an epic battle (watch the archived video coverage HERE). I was lucky enough to watch the contest from start to finish and in my opinion it was bigger than epic — it was the greatest 10U game ever.

The championship featured two of the top teams in the country: the Lamorinda Knights and the SoCal Outlaws – Rodriquez. Both teams know each other well after splitting their first two games. The Outlaws defeated and eliminated the Knights 7-2 earlier this year at the SoCal Super Regional, and two days prior to their rubber match in the championship game the Knights pulled off a come from behind walk-off victory to even the score at one win apiece. Their third game was much bigger than the first two with the winner of the championship earning a birth to the TbS World Series later this summer.

The Outlaws turned to their ace, Edward Gaxiola, and the Knights looked to the up-and-coming David Howard. Both pitchers were flat-out brilliant, and the first five innings flew by. Neither pitcher allowed a walk and no player reached third base. That fact alone is insane considering these little dudes are 10 years old. If the game were to end after the fifth inning everyone would have left appreciating the display of fortitude and determination these guys displayed. Most would have left saying what a great game it was, but the first five innings was only the beginning — and not even half of the story. The sixth inning on is where this game went from great to possibly the greatest.

In the top half of the sixth, David Howard continued to roll and shut down the Outlaws in order. The stage was set for a bottom half walk-off victory similar to the game on Friday. Lamorinda got a lead-off single and stole second. The runner was able to advance to third on a wild pitch, which meant the winning run was on third with no outs.  Coach Rodriquez decided to walk the bases loaded to set up a force at every base and brought in a fifth infielder. Nick Strong, who has been one of Lamorinda’s best hitters all year, was up to the plate and the situation looked dire for the Outlaws. After throwing two straight balls you could feel the pressure mounting on the Outlaws pitcher. Strong took his sign from third base coach Rick Rider. On the ensuing pitch. Lamorinda tried to execute a walk-off suicide squeeze, but Strong pulled the bunt back and left his runner hung out to dry. The Outlaws catcher catches the ball, and sees the runner trying to advance home. The runner noticed the missed bunt, slams on his brakes and tries to retreat back to third. The Outlaws catcher gives chase, fires to third and inexcusably the first out of the inning had been recorded.

That momentum shift was huge for the Outlaws pitcher, who went on to strike out Strong and the next Lamorinda batter. The Outlaws averted danger and the Knights’ best opportunity to score to this point was nullified.

The Lamorinda Knights turned to Davis Diaz, who was equally impressive for five full innings of action, but did have some major defensive help along the way. In the top of the 7th, the Outlaws threatened with a runner on third and only one out. Coach Rider decided to walk the bases loaded and set up his own force out at any base-situation. It was the right call. The Outlaw batter hit a hard shot to the Knights’ second baseman, who fielded the ball cleanly and threw a strike to home, which set up the inning-ending 4-2-3 double play that sent the many fans watching into a frenzy. Lamorinda would threaten in the bottom half of the inning but was unable to push a run across.

In the top of the 8th, the Outlaws had bases loaded and two outs when their hitter hit a high spinning chopper in front of the plate. The ball looked to be a very difficult ball to field, but Lamorinda catcher Petey Halpin bounced out from his catcher position, snagged the ball bare-handed, spun glove side and fired to first base, getting the Outlaws runner by half a step for the third and final out.

In the bottom half of the inning is where the game took a turn for the weird. LM once again threatened with a man on third and one out. Coach Rodriguez once again countered by walking the bases loaded and bringing in his fifth infielder. This set the stage for Justis Dailey. Dailey got a first pitch fast ball that he was able to lift to left center field for what appeared to be a walk off sac-fly. The left fielder caught the ball, and instead of firing home to go after the winning run he threw a strike to the fifth infielder who was standing on second base, which was a double-play because the Lamorinda runner stood and watched the play, never retreating back to his bag. I’m almost positive that most didn’t even realize a double play had been called because the fifth infielder wheeled and fired home. His throw was way late and the runner from third scored, which sent the Lamorinda team spilling on to the field. The umpires were right on top of it and called the out immediately — and had most in attendance shaking their heads as to what had just happened.

For the next two and a half innings neither team really threatened. There were some hard hit balls but both defenses played fantastically and made all their plays.

In the bottom of the 11th, Lamorinda lead off with a back-to-back singles. David Howard advanced the runners on a ball hit to the right side. Lamorinda had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Once again, Coach Rodriquez walked the bases loaded and brought in the fifth infielder. This time around looked eerily similar to the bottom of the sixth, with Nick Strong once again at the plate with a chance for the championship walk-off. But this time around, Strong was prepared for the moment as he swung at the first pitch. He absolutely crushed the ball, which two-hopped the center field wall and sent the Knights once again spilling on to the field. This time though the game was actually over.

This 10U championship game lasted two hours and 50 minutes, but it seemed like a mere matter of fleeting moments. Both teams competed to a scoreless tie through 10.5 innings. All players laid it on the line and all who were in attendance were very appreciative of what they had just witnessed. I left Big League Dreams fired up realizing what a epic game I had just watched. Was it the greatest 10U game ever? In my opinion yes and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been in attendance.

Congratulations to the 10u Lamorinda Knights for being Champions in the NCTB Presidents Day Super NIT. Great job boys!


Congratulations to Nick Strong who was Tournament MVP of the NCTB Presidents Day Super NIT. Congratulations to Petey Halpin, Patrick Keighran & Carl Vesi Light who got awarded with the All Tournament Team honors. Great job by all the 10u Lamorinda Knights.


Here is the tournament recap from Youth 1:

Lamorinda Knights 10U Major – Moraga, CAN
Lamorinda continues to be a dominant force among the young age divisions, this time it’s the Knights turn. The 10U squad claimed another title Monday following a major 16-8 win against a talented Team Kado 10U in the championship.Peter Halpin, Patrick Keighran, Davis Diaz, and Nick Strong combined for 11 of 16 from the plate with key hits.”We entered the game focused and came out swinging. The lineup also hit well and ran the bases extremely well, putting a lot of pressure on Team KADO’s  defense.  I really liked our pitching.  We showed the depth and talent of our pitching staff”, a very satisfied Coach Adrian Diaz remarked.Devin Dennis started the game and Davis Diaz closed out the final three innings while pounding the strike zone. With the depth of the staff, three of their best arms did not even get a chance to throw. Justis Daily saw limited action with one inning of work.The Knights never looked back as they outscored opponents by three runs or more. Thanks to a strong performance by ace David Howard, they defeated Club All Star 10U, 8-5, in the semifinal match. Nick Strong and Ish Diaz added quality starts on Sunday.Throughout the series, the offense scored 10.8 runs per game. And the pitching held opposing bats to just 3.6 on average.

Peter Halpin was an effective lead-off man and hit .690 in the series. Davis Diaz batted .500 with solid defense in the infield while closing out the semifinal and championship games. Nick Strong’s .667 batting average comprised mainly of triples and the long ball. He also shut down opposing hitters as well as featured a great fastball and change-up. Carl Vesi Light batted .455 and is a threat to steal on the bases. Patrick Keighran was one of the offensive leaders with a .545 batting average. Ish Diaz hit .500 and went 2 for 3 in the championship. Levar Roberts also contributed at the plate moving runners over and produced a .444 batting average.

Nick Strong won the tournament MVP and Peter Halpin, Patrick Keighran, and Carl Vesi Lights were all selected for the All-Tournament award.

It provided a great weekend for the 10U squad as they come off a victory at the Mardi Gras Classic last
weekend. This becomes their third USSSA championship of the year. Lamorinda moves to 23-4 and are
winners of the last 9 straight.

The young Knights look to the horizon for the upcoming TBS Super Regional in the Golden State where they will compete against the top teams of Southern California.

Congratulations to the Lamorinda Knights 10U for winning the 11U division of NCTB’s  Mardi Gras Classic! Pat Keighran was the tournament MVP for the Knights  – Great job boys!

Click here to read the tournament report from Youth 1.

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Pat Keighran Mardi Gras Classic MVP!

10U Lamorinda Knights win 2012 Halloween Scream Tournament playing up in the 11U division in Davis, Ca.

The Knights cruised through pool play on Saturday going 2-0. On Sunday in the semi finals they beat Winters Tribe 11U by the score of 3-2. The championship game was another good one with the Lamorinda Knights coming out on top over the 11U Davis Dragons 6-3. The Knights had solid contributions from all players.  The Knights ended up going 4-0 outscoring their opponents 35-5. The Knights Fall season record stands at 24-3.

Next up the Knights will be in Las Vegas next weekend playing in the “22nd Annual Desert Fall Classic”. Good luck boys, go Knights


T.J. McCuistion, Tournament MVP of the 2013 11U “Halloween Scream” tournament.

Lamorinda Knights, champions of the 2012 All World “Edge of Darkness” tournament in Vacaville, Ca., playing up in the 11U division.

The Knights went 4-1 in the tournament and won the Championship. The Lamorinda Knights outscored their opponents 49 to 15 over the 5 games. David Howard pitched a gem in the Championship game. Congratulations to Patrick Keighran for swinging a big bat and being the tournament MVP. The Lamorinda Knights now have an impressive record of 20-3.

Next up for the Lamorinda Knights is the “22nd Annual Desert Fall Classic” in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, October 26th.


Patrick Keighran, 2012 11U “Edge of Darkness” Tournament MVP. 

Congratulations to the 10U Lamorinda Knights who won the championship by going 5-0 this weekend playing up in the 11U division of the All World “Nor Cal Classic” in Fremont, CA. The Lamorinda Knights 10U outscored their opponents 62-10 over the weekend in impressive fashion. The Lamorinda Knights are now 10-0 in the 2013 season. Next up is the NCTB “Ultimate Labor Day” September 1-3.


Congratulations to the 10U Lamorinda Knights who in their first tournament together were Champions at the NCTB “Back to School Bash”. The Knights went 5-0 outscoring their opponents 52-16. Congratulations to Davis Diaz for being the tournament MVP.