Lamorinda Baseball Club

Spartans 11U Season

Congratulations to the Spartans for taking the Championship in NCTB’s Fall Brawl this past weekend. Nico Malbrough was Tournament MVP and Adrian Flores honored as the second MVP.  Both players were recognized for their contributions both during this past tournament and in Las Vegas.

Travelball Select has started announcing the All-American teams and 3 Spartans have been selected so far for the 2012 11U All-Amercian team. Javier Lopez made 1st Team All-American as a catcher, Nicholas Lopez made Honorable Mention as a pitcher, and Nathan Nicosia made Honorable Mention as a middle infielder.
This is a great honor, well done guys.


The Spartans finished 2nd out of 45 teams in the Triple Crown Fall Nationals in Las Vegas. They went 5-1 over the weekend and scored 74 runs. Nice job boys!

Congratulations to the 11U Lamorinda Spartans who went 5-0 this past weekend at the All World 12U Bob Caldera Memorial…Happy Fathers Day Spartans Dads!317972_376363749080134_1116347302_n

Spartans Ranked 12th in the Nation by Youth1 Baseball


#12 Lamorinda Spartans


A USSSA 21-8 record would be pretty amazing for many teams and it is, but that’s just the Spartans record from playing 12U competitors! The team from Moraga, California has a 44-13 overall record and five tournament championships under their belt including their big win at the Presidents Day Super NIT. Another huge feat for the Spartans was defeating our #2 Oakley Stingrays 9-2, so don’t underestimate them. They are capable of taking out anyone!

The roster includes Lucas Allen, Xavier Carter, Makoa Copp, Graeme Farrell, Javier Felix, Joseph Fleischer, Dandre Gaines, Brennan Keil, Nicolas Lopez, Livio Mamola, and Nathan Nicosia.


Spartan’s Featured in Youth1’s Fifth Inning Stretch


11U – Lamorinda Spartans – Moraga, California

(Youth1) – The Lamorinda Spartans are currently having an excellent season. Currently the second-ranked team in California and the tenth-ranked team in the country, the Spartans stand at 40-12. Not including their recent performance at the Spring Championships Super NIT, the Spartans have been one of the teams to beat this season. The Spartans have won five tournaments so far, three-of-which were in a row when the Spartans went on a 14-0 run after back-to-back second-place finishes prior.

The Spartans are playing the almost the exact same baseball they did last year; not flawless but definitely fearless. The Spartans finished last season 30-12 with four tournament wins, outscoring their opponents 313-163. With a run differential of 431-190 this season, along with ten more wins, the Spartans are playing much better than they did last season. The Spartans will look to bounce back from the small hiccup in Arizona and get back to their old ways.
Much like the other Lamorinda Clubs, the Spartans have opted to play mostly against older competition, and it has paid off. With 29 games against 12U teams and only 23 against 11U teams, the Spartans are getting accustomed to playing against bigger and stronger competition, and effectively too. In those 29 games, the Spartans have managed to win 21 of the games, most recently earning two tournament titles over an 8-0 stretch against the 12U’s in March.

Rick Rider has kept himself busy over the past few years, managing competitive teams between 9U – 14U since 2004. His current 11U Spartans team includes Lucas Allen, Xavier Carter, Makoa Copp, Craeme Farrell, Javier Felix, Dandre Gaines, Brennan Keil, Nicolas Lopez, Livio Mamola, Nathan Nicosia, and Mikeal Thompkins.

Spartans Getting More Press, Here is What Travelball Select is Saying:

11U Lamorinda Spartans Stepping Up in 2012

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:25

The 2012 edition of the 11u Lamorinda Spartans are part of the Lamorinda Baseball Club (LBC) that fields teams from age 10 up through 16 years. They are lead by Rick Rider who has lead Lamorinda teams to be three time winners of the AAU National Championships, as well as, the 2010 NYBC National Champions.

Last year, as 10u’s, the Spartans finished their 2011 season having compiled an overall record of 50-15. Of that record, it is noteworthy that 10 of these loses came against 11u teams. Along their way, they won 6 tournaments and finished as the “Runner-up” in 3 others. They finished their season ranked by as the #23 nation.

Thus far this year, the Spartans are showing that they can be one of the premier teams in the country. Since beginning fall play in August, they have compiled an overall record of 56-11-1 with 8 of their losses coming against 12U teams.   Their three 11U losses came against excellent teams including; the IE Elite in the semi-finals of the Triple Crown Fall Nationals in Las Vegas, the Oakley Stingrays in elimination play at the Thanksgiving Super NIT. They have won 3 major USSSA tournaments and finished “Runner-Up” in 3 others. Most recently, the Spartans won the Nor Cal Presidents Day Super NIT beating the top ranked Oakley Stingrays in that title game.


The 2012 edition of the 11u Spartans is returning 8 core players from last year’s team. These include; Grayson Carper, Graeme Farrel, Javier Felix, Joey Fleischer, D’Andre Gaines, Brennan Keil, Livo Mamola, and Nathan Nicosia.

In addition, the Spartans have added 4 outstanding newcomers this year. Their new players include; Lucas Allen, Xavier Carter, Makoa Copp, and Nick Lopez. Lucas Allen comes to the Spartans after playing with the Moraga Reds and LBA Generals last season. He is an outstanding athlete with excellent speed and excellent hitting skills. This versatile athlete can help the Spartans in the outfield, as well as, on the mound and also behind the plate. Xavier Carter is an outstanding lefty pitcher who played up last season with the Lincoln Brown Sox.  He will make a difference in the Spartans line up.  Makoa Copp was a standout player with team Booya last season. Koa brings excellent defensive skills at 3rdbase along with adding another excellent hitter in the Spartans line-up. Nick Lopez moves from the Belmont Blasters. He adds an outstanding Lefty arm and leads the Spartans pitching rotation.

Following is a summary of the 11u Spartans 2012 Roster. In addition to the positions listed below, each play multiple positions and every one also pitches    The one position listed for each player below is the players’ primary starting positions during the Nor Cal Super NIT.


Spartans 2012 Roster

#8    Javier Felix – C

#11   Lucas Allen – RF

#12   Joey Fleischer – RHP

#15   Xavier Carter – LHP

#18   Brennan Keil – RHP

#20   Nick Lopez – LHP

#21   Livio Mamola – 1B

#24   Nathan Nicosia – 2B

#25   Koa Copp – 3B

#32   D’Andre Gaines – CF

#44   Graeme Farrell – LF

#99   Grayson Carper – SS

Next up, the Spartans will be playing in the USSSA Spring Training Super NIT that will be held in March in Pheoniz, Arizona. In addition, the Spartans plan to compete in the Northern Cal Super NIT coming up in April, and the Memorial Day Super NIT in SoCal in May. All other tournaments that are scheduled during this spring will be at the 12U level.

This Just in From Travelball Select:

11U Lamorinda Spartans win the 2012 Nor Cal Presidents Day Super NIT
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
February 20 Sunnyvale, California – Twin Creeks Sports Complex site of the Nor Cal USSSA Presidents Day Super NIT. The Title game matched the Oakley Stingrays Green against the Lamorinda Spartans. Both teams came into the finals having won 4 straight games in this event. The Stingrays have sat at the top of the national ranks for the past two years running.  They have won the Elite 32 two straight years and won the NYBC National Championship last year.
                             Lamorinda Spartans
      Roster#8 Javier Felix – C#11 Lucas Allen – RF#12 Joey Fleischer – RHP

#18 Brennan Keil – RHP

#20 Nick Lopez – LHP

#21 Livio Mamola – 1B

#24 Nathan Nicosia – 2B

#25 Koa Copp – 3B

#32 D’Andre Gaines – CF

#44 Graeme Farrell – LF

#99 Grayson Carper – SS
The Oakley Stingrays 11U Green jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1stinning on the offensive power of Christopher Campos who doubled, before Guzman tripled, to score Sebastian Orduno and Jonathan Fuentes.

The Stingrays held that lead going into the bottom of the 3rd inning before the Spartans bats got hot. They started with a lead off triple by Nathan Nicosia. Next up, Koa Copp hit an RBI single. Then, Javier Felix singled sending Copp to third base. Copp was driven home on a single by D’Andre Gaines to tie the score at 2-2.











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The Spartans returned in bottom of the 4th inning to add 7 more runs. This offensive explosion started with singles by Koa Copp and Lucas Allen that put the Spartans ahead 4-2. They went on to add 3 more runs on doubles from Javier Flex and D’Andre Gaines along with RBI singles from Graeme Farrell and Nick Lopez set. When all their scoring was finished, the Spartans held a commanding 9-2 lead. 

After giving up two 1st inning runs, Spartans pitcher, Nick Lopez, shut down the Stingrays scoring. He pitched 5 complete innings giving up only 2 runs on 5 total hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. Lopez was relieved by Joey Fleischer who came in to close out the last two Stingray batters. Fleischer stuck out both in order.

This loss brings the Stingrays elite tournament record to 34-10-1. The Spartans overall Fall/Winter record since August 2011 now stands at 56-12-1 with 10 of those losses coming against 12U teams. Their only two losses to 11U teams were to this same Oakley Stingrays team in the semifinals of the So Cal Thanksgiving Super NIT.  They other loss against other 11U competition was to the IE Elite.  That loss came in the finals of the Las Vegas Triple Crown Fall Nationals.

Next up, the Spartans will head to the Arizona Spring Training Super NIT.

The 11U Lamorinda Spartans continued their winning ways taking their first official tournament of the fall season.  Playing in the 12U division, the newly 11U Spartans took on the teams in NCTB’s Back 2 School Bash at BLD Manteca.

After taking Primetime 12U’s in the opening game, the Spartans lost a tough one to Headfirst Gamers 3-2.  Sundays playoff brackets gave the boys another chance to play Headfirst Gamers and this time they won 8-0.  The finals were a 7-3 wine against Extra Base.

Next up:  Triple Crown’s Qualifier at Manteca August 26, 27

Go Lamorinda!!  Go Spartans!!


The Lamorinda Spartans Wrap Up an Impressive 10U Season!

The 10U Spartans came together to finish up the 2011 season with a bang.  In June, the Spartans took 3rd of 84 teams from all over the US at Cooperstown Dreams Park.  After losing a tough 9-6 game to the eventual runners up Beaver Creek, PA, the Spartans won 9 straight before succumbing to the eventual tournament champions 6-4-3 Double Play from Atlanta.

After a brief break, the Spartans came back to win Nations’ Western Regional 11U Championship, beating Primetime 11U twice on Sunday for the win.

Last weekend the team made it two in a row, winning All World’s Summer Blast by going undefeated for 4 games.

The Spartans had an impressive season.  Final record was 50 wins, 16 losses, with 10 of those losses coming against 11U teams.

Go Spartans!!