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Day Middle School won the Bronco division championship of TYBís fall season middle school league.
Day Middle School won the Bronco division championship of TYBís fall season middle school league.

Day Middle Schoolís baseball team brings championship trophy back home

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.

TEMECULA – Itís been three years since James L. Day has had the Temecula Youth Baseball Leagueís Middle School Championship trophy inside its prestigious case in the hallways of the front office, and now itís back.

Marked with the names of each yearís winning teams, players and coaches, the league championship trophy will rest at the school for the remainder of the year until a new champion is crowned next year during the middle school baseball season.

A first place trophy, which was given out to the players on the team as well as Principal Tina Miller, who did indeed attended the game earlier this week to cheer her boys on, "will stay at the school for as long as the school exists," said Miller.

"In 2010, Day Middle School had a great group of Bronco kids win it all, and with many of those kids playing in high school now, a new breed of ball player is on the rise," said Middle School Commissioner Roger Langdon, who is also no stranger to winning in this division as he led his Vail Ranch Bulldogs to a Bronco League title in 2009.

The Day Middle School team this year that represented the Bronco division was comprised of all sixth graders, many of whom have been a part of TYB for many years. The games started in September, but August is when it all really started for these players and coaches. The school year was just two days into its 2013/14 school year when tryouts began.

"We were very fortunate to have a great turnout of players for tryouts this season," said Langdon, who also added, "This is something that we can prep the players for when it comes to getting ready for high school ball, there is only room for 12 kids on a roster, so itís very competitive and sometimes kids will have to experience what it feels like to make a team, or not."

This season five teams from the Temecula School district and four from Menifee participated in the Middle School baseball division. The regular season consisted of about 15 to 16 games and then a post season double elimination tournament where the overall winner from each league moved on to a World Series, best of three game Championship series.

The Day Middle School team only lost two regular season games of the 15 they played and only lost one in the post season, which came at the hands of their World Series counterparts from Bell Mountain Middle School.

Bell Mountain came into their post season tournament with only one loss, suffered a couple of losses in pool play in their league tournament, but were able to narrowly outplay a team from Canyon Lake in their last game to make it to the World Series.

Bell Mountain took game one by a score of 5 to 4, wining in the bottom of the 7th on a passed ball with a runner on 3rd base. The team from Day stepped their game up in game two by handing Bell Mountain a loss via the Mercy run rule of 10 in 5 innings and though the series called for three games back to back to back, game three was postponed till after the Thanksgiving holiday break due to rain.

Game three, which was finally played earlier this week, was close through four innings, but saw the Day Dolphins go on a hit parade in the 5th inning and the Bell Mountain Bobcats just could not contain them. The final score of game three was 13 to 6.

This yearís Day Middle School Bronco Baseball Champions are: Jason Mannino, Noah Garibay, Trevor Shadle, Phoenix Sommay, Ryan Morales, Jhayden Raineri, Sam Woodland, Jake Heeren, Hunter Messere, Caleb Reilly, Kyle Turner, Isaiah Vivanco and Coaches JP Raineri and Jason Mannino.

To find out more about the middle school program through the Temecula Youth Baseball League, visit



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