Memorial Day baseball tournament is a hit

8U Ramona Red players and coaches meet after coming off the field against the Wolfpack.  Sentinel photo/Eddie Brisendine
8U Ramona Red players and coaches meet after coming off the field against the Wolfpack. Sentinel photo/Eddie Brisendine

By Eddie Brisendine

Ramona Sports Association hosted its 30th Annual Ramona Baseball Invitational over the Memorial Day weekend at the PONY Baseball fields in Ramona Community Park. It was the first year the games were played under the lights.

Fifty-one teams from around the county played over the four-day event, including 11 teams from Ramona. The stands and fence lines were jammed with spectators. Players and spectators enjoyed what they agreed was beautiful weather and great baseball.

Vendors sold barbecue, Mexican food, coffee, jewelry, clothing, and sporting goods. Ramona High School graduate Lexi Hogan provided face painting.

“I’m going to Point Loma Nazarene College this fall, so I’m trying to earn some much needed money here this weekend,” said Hogan.

Two former PONY league players — Kevin Guglielmetti and Trevor Kerchner — assisted at the tournament, calling balls and strikes and working the base paths for the umpire crew. For Kerchner, it’s all about fun.

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Rita Hazzard of Ramona shows off her new face painting. Sentinel photo/Eddie Brisendine

“This has always been a great tournament and it’s a lot of fun to come back and umpire,” he said.

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Alex Sproul of Poway gets her face painted by Lexi Hogan. Sentinel photo/Eddie Brisendine

The tournament was broken into two parts. Friday and Saturday were “pool play” days, where all the teams in each division played against each other. On Sunday and Monday, a single elimination bracket was played, with each team being seeded based on their pool standings.

Friday & Saturday Pool Results

8-Under Division Ramona Red 12,   El Cajon Heat 11 Academy 17,    Ramona Blue 11 El Cajon Heat 9,   Ramona Blue 5 Ramona Red 11,   Wolfpack 3 9-Under Division 9U Ramona Blue Pitcher Brett Farmer comes set while eyeing the Fallbrook runner on 3rd base. Sentinel photo/Eddie Brisendine Ramona Red 12,   Marauders 0 Ramona Red 6,    EC Rattlers 5 Fallbrook 13,   Ramona Blue 1 SD Legacy 11,   Ramona Blue 7 10-U Division Vipers 12,   Ramona Blue 2 Fallbrook 11,   Ramona Red 0 SD Aces 15,   Ramona Blue 0 Ramona Red, 6 Peloteros 2 11-U Division SD Crush 3,   Ramona Dawgs 1 13U Ramona coach Eric Webb helps out with the grounds keeping. Sentinel photo/Eddie Brisendine Lookouts 11,   Ramona Blue 4 Lookouts 6,   Ramona Dawgs 3 SD Crush 11,   Ramona Blue 0 12-U Division Lookouts 9,   Ramona 1 Academy 7,   Ramona 5 13-U Division Ramona 6, SD Cowboys 1 Batting: Adam Paredes went 3 for 3. Jake Powers 2 RBIs. Pitching: Matthew Twyman - 2 innings, Eloy Valladolid - 2 innings, Caleb White – 1 inning. Ramona 8, Academy 1 Batting: Andre Escoffier went 2 for 3, Darren Lighter went 2 for 2, 2 walks and 2 RBIs. Pitching: David Scodellaro - 2 innings, Matthew Dollick - 1 inning, Caleb White - 2 innings, Matthew Twyman – 1 inning. 14-U Division Ramona 14,   El Cajon 1 Batting: Carl Bunday - Home Run, Blake Workman - Home Run. Pitching: Todd Roberts - 3 innings, Blake Workman - 2 innings. Ramona 18,   Alpine 0 Single Elimination bracket results will be at ramonasentinel.com and in next week’s Sentinel.

   
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