Fri 18 Jul 2014
Wm. S Hart Baseball and Softball is one of the most well known PONY leagues in the country, and for good reason. Hart has put forth more championship teams than any other league. Alumni James Shields, currently a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, made an appearance at the 60th Anniversary Opening Ceremonies in September. During his speech, he noted that even throughout the big leagues, Hart Baseball maintains its reputation for producing champions. Their tag line, "A tradition of champions" is not an exaggeration.
2014 is no exception. This weekend, the 6 & Under team will compete in San Marcos in the Shetland 6U World Series. Their season stats are impressive with 20 wins out of 25 games. They hold the titles of District and Sectional Champions. Their first game is Thursday at 7pm against Moreno Valley.
The HART Mustang 9 & Under Red Team went 4-0 this weekend at the HART PONY Baseball and Softball Complex to win the Mustang 9U Super Regions Tournament. The HART 9U Red Team beat the North Valley All Stars 10-4 in the Championship game to defend their home turf and bring home the title. The boys played outstanding baseball by scoring 40 runs and only allowed 12 runs against during the 4 games.
The team advances as the #1 Seed in Southern California to play in the Zone PONY Tournament, which is being held in Walnut, CA. Their 1st game is Friday vs Washington. Winner of Zone moves onto the World Series.
The 10 & Under Blue team won the West Zone Regional Championship in Bakersfield over the weekend. They move onto the West Zone Super Regional tournament in San Marcos. Their first game is this Friday at 7:00 pm against the La Costa Bandits.
Hart Dukes represent the 11 & Under division this weekend at the West Zone Tournament in Walnut, California. Winner of Zone moves onto the World Series in Virginia later this month. The Dukes start out today at 5:00 pm against the Simi Valley A team.
Having so many teams competing and winning championships is not new to Hart but it still never gets old, especially for the families of the players. Patti Rhodes is a mom to three boys, all playing on separate teams this summer. Her husband Shane is even on the Shetland 6U team coaching staff.
When asked about what it’s like having three boys playing this summer, Patti replied, “It's not only a joy to watch all my boys play baseball, but it's been great spending time with such incredible families. This summer has exceeded all of my expectations.”