The Scripps United GU-12 team concluded an outstanding season by winning the Presidio Cup 2003 Tournament played in January. The championship game was just as thrilling as the previous four games. With the game tied 1-1 and seconds remaining on the clock, Scripps scored the winning goal from a corner kick. Congratulations Coach Kraig Stahl and girls for a job well done!
Our youngest Scripps Ranch baseball players had the opportunity to learn the game of baseball and help the less fortunate learn baseball, too! In January the Falcons baseball organization, 14- and 15-year-olds, held the second annual Baseball Skills Development Clinic for 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds.
This is the fourth year that the Falcons baseball organization is holding the used equipment drive. It goes to help the disadvantaged Tijuana community of Lomas de Porvenir keep a baseball program alive for their young ballplayers.
In collaboration with Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL), the Falcons kicked-off this year’s drive with the baseball clinic and gathered lots of gear and cash for purchasing even more gear–enough for about three teams. Special thanks to SRLL for their generous donation of used Little League equipment, especially the helmets and hard-to-get catcher’s gear.
If you missed this opportunity, you can still make a donation to this great cause. Please bring your unwanted baseball gear–cleats, gloves, bats, balls, pants, or other items–to donation sites near the snack bar at Jerabek Field during the first three weeks after SRLL games begin. If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Greg Haddow at 578-5258.
Saturday, Mar. 1, is opening day of softball in Scripps Ranch! Players in all divisions will show up at Cypress Canyon Park in a wonderful display of team colors. Approximately 450 girls play softball in Scripps Ranch, and each year the numbers increase.
In addition to teams practicing, there was a lot of action at Cypress Canyon Park in the weeks before opening day. Due to the generosity of our league sponsors, three of the softball fields were completely renovated and sprinklers installed to help maintain them. A dream come true! Many thanks to our sponsors!
We also had a wonderful coach’s clinic lead by San Diego State University softball coach Kathy Van Wyk. She gave the coaches great practice tips and suggestions. The Speed Camps, by Fitness Quest, have taken off with many more participating than expected.
The second annual player’s clinic by "Just Softball" was held in February at Cypress Canyon. Many players in all age groups came out to sharpen their skills and have fun. There was a catcher’s clinic as well, put on by the league, and 40 girls came out in stride to practice and pick up some pointers.
Lastly, on Field Day in February, many wonderful parent volunteers came out to the fields to paint backstops, repair benches, clean sheds, and do much more to get us ready for the upcoming season. Thank you everyone!