The Nine year old team from the Menace Baseball Club kicked off spring break with a trip to the Arizona desert last week. The goal was to not only watch some Major League Baseball Spring Training games, but to also play some great baseball themselves in the highly regarded Spring Training Championships hosted by Triple Crown Sports.
The trip began with a VIP tour of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres training complex in Peoria, AZ. Recently retired Mariners’ team President Chuck Armstrong, Executive Assistant Teresa Dugger and Sports Facility Manager Chris Calcaterra accommodated over 60 Menace team players and their family members providing everyone with complimentary game tickets and a unique pre-game behind-the-scenes tour of the baseball complex. The entire team was escorted onto the playing field and allowed to walk through each team’s dugout just hours before the start of the game. The day would not have been complete without several Mariners players signing autographs for the Menace players along autograph ally.
Inspired by the play of their Big League idols, the Menace BBC 9u baseball team played flawless baseball of their own and returned victorious from the Triple Crown Sports Spring Training Championship baseball tournament which were played at Big League Dreams sports park in Gilbert, Arizona.
Lead by the strong pitching of Dylan Fien, Cade Johnson, Bobby Hess, Willis Lacy, Alex Cruz and Gabriel Albin and Home Runs from Charlie Morri, Cade Johnson and Dylan Fien, the Menace proved too much for the competition in Arizona, outscoring the San Diego Longhorns, Mesa Grinders and Southern California Stars by a combined score of 50-10 while compiling a perfect 4-0 record. The defense was highlighted by Gavin Abbe, Riley Ricken, Dylan Chaiyakum and Collin Boulware.
The Menace Baseball Club trains at Swing Away Batting Cages in Murrieta and is currently ranked as the No. 1 9u (AA) team by Travelballnation.com. Bob Hess helped contribute to this article.