We had a great chance to participate in the opening ceremonies for Shorthorn Baseball on Monday. The rain – the first we’ve had in months – didn’t start until after the ceremony completed.
It was great to have everyone back together after a few years of not being able to meet due to COVID-19. In fact, this was a very special event, as Carlsbad’s little leagues have all merged into one very strong baseball organization that will compete at our beautiful Bob Forrest Sports Complex.
Carlsbad is probably the biggest baseball community in the United States. We’ve had legends such as Trevor Rogers, Cody Ross and Shane Andrews. The longest home run in baseball history was even hit here in Carlsbad, and I was honored to be at the game.
Right now, our Cavegirl softball team is ranked first in the state and the boys are ranked second, and many players on both teams have already committed to play in college on scholarships. We know all of that starts in our youth softball and youth baseball programs. A lot more starts in those fields, however – lessons in sportsmanship and teamwork, families coming together and lifelong friendships. Perhaps most importantly, baseball and softball are a lot of fun to play and to watch.
Special thanks to the Shorthorn board for inviting me to say a few words at Monday’s ceremony. That includes President Rick Quintela, Vice President Michael Prell, Treasurer Matt Leroch, Secretary EJ Rios and members Grant Mabrey and Debbie Chitwood. Thanks as well to Lee Austin, who has been working closely with everyone on the league merger. We were not able to make the opening ceremony for softball on Saturday, but we appreciate the invitation and know it went well.
Hall of famer Becky Thompson, who runs the concession stand at the sports complex, also spoke at the ceremony. Becky is in multiple hall of fames and was a star on the “All American Redheads” women’s basketball team. She’s a Carlsbad legend and she does a great job at the sports complex.
Carlsbad’s Shorthorn Little League this year includes seven majors teams, 12 minors and 13 peewee teams, as well as 19 tee-ball teams. Any one of those teams may have the next Trevor Rogers on it, but, more importantly, every single one of those teams has a group of players who are developing a love for baseball. Best of luck to all our youth sports teams this season.
Speaking of Trevor Rogers, the Miami Marlin threw for two innings in spring training Sunday against AAA Nationals hitters. He allowed a solo homer and struck out two batters. According to media reports, Trevor threw 30 pitches. He was reportedly focused on trying out a new slider he’s been developing. We look forward to another great season.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway