The Moraga Baseball Association (MBA)

Welcome to the home of the Moraga Baseball Association (MBA), a member of PONY Baseball Inc. MBA offers top youth instruction and organized, supervised competition dedicated to improving the players' baseball skills while practicing good sportsmanship, teamwork and self-reliance.

 

Teaching sportsmanship and self reliance through the game of baseball

 

Moraga School District Rainy Day Hotline is 925.377.4110.

 

 

Cooperstown a 'Trip of a Lifetime' for 12U Mavericks 

The 12u Moraga Mavericks returned last week from a "trip of a lifetime" to Coopertown, New York as part of the Cooperstown Dreams Park summer baseball tournament. The tournament included 104 teams from around the country, who played in one giant sports park with 22 fields and barracks where the players stayed with their coaches all week.

Our 12u Mavs played 8 games in 4 days against teams from Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Despite tough competition all week, they played their best ball on the final elimination day, with a thrilling 8-7 win against higher seeded Majestic of Tampa Bay and a heartbreaking 13-12 extra inning loss to the Roswell (Ga) Black Hornets.

The Mavs smashed 13 total HRs during the week, led by Connor Fritch (5), Luca Rago (4), Cade Bennett (2) and 1 each from Scott Linden and Dylan Wilkalis. Most importantly, the boys and their families made lifetime memories by visiting the Hall of Fame, trading pins with kids from around the country, spending quality time with their teammates and coaches Chris Rago and Craig Coane, and feeling the patriotic connection to our country and the great game of baseball.

 

 

 

Celebrating Dads and Baseball in Napa

The 10U and 9U All Star players took time out to celebrate their dads during the Wine Country Weekend Tournament at Sonoma's Field of Dreams on June 18th and 19th. Thanks to all our MBA dads who help our players on and off the field every day!

 

Post Season Wrap Up

The Maverick teams played in the 680 tournament at Twin Creeks in Sunnyvale the weekend of June 3-5, 2016. MBA was well represented by all 4 Maverick teams:

14U: Playing in the Gold bracket for the first time, coach Max Luckhurst and team started strong, upsetting the #2 seed on Friday night. Unfortunately, the team went on to lose Saturday and Sunday, wrapping up their last season with MBA.

13U: Top finishing Maverick team! Upset the #1 seed twice to advance to the championship game, only to fall just short. Great 2nd place finish for coach Dave Manousos and team!

12U: Impressive run for coach Don Cooper and team into the final day, just missing the championship game and finishing 3rd overall. The team is off to Cooperstown for games next week – good luck!

11U: Played their best baseball of the season in Manteca and Twin Creeks finishing in 4th place in the 680 tournament. Congrats to Coach Don Nomura and team.

Pony Wildcats finished 2nd in the regular season of the newly created Piedmont/Lafayette/Moraga league. They came up short in playoffs but won their final game in a shutout win.

Bronco Cardinals, A’s and Giants each won one of their playoff games over the final weekend of play in the competitive Morindamont league. Thanks to Coaches Max Luckhurst, Cameron Doorn, Fred Manz and Kris Kiriaze.

Angels Prevail as 2016 Mustang Champions

The Mustang Angels bested the Mustang A's 18-12 in a three-hour overtime game on Tuesday, June 7 at St. Mary's College. Congratulations to all players, as well as Angel Coaches Joe O’Balle and Travis Daugherty and A’s coaches Tim Cecchin, Eric Moon and Doug Purcell. 

 

 

Pinto Reds Win 2016 Championship

The Pinto Reds narrowly defeated the Pinto Nationals in a 21-20 contest that went into overtime on Sunday, June 5 at St. Mary's College. Congratulations to both teams, and a special thanks to the Reds coaches Matt McLeod, Drew Fischer and Kevin Zellmer and Nationals coaches Derek Hawkins and Brandon Angelo for making this first season for our newest players fun and memorable.

 

14U Mavericks Celebrate Mother's Day on the Field... and a Final Game at JM

Mother's Day meant another day at the baseball field -- and a rose from their player -- for the moms of the 14U Mavericks! The moms turned out to watch their sons battle the Walnut Creek Bulldawgs Blue at JM on Sunday, May 8th.

A couple of weeks later, on May 21st, the team played the last home game of their MBA careers at JM, winning 5-0 against the Livermore Thunder Sox! 

 

Younger and Older Players Buddy Up for 2016 Season

MBA paired Pinto teams with Pony and Bronco teams this year to create "baseball buddies" that crossed the age spectrum. Younger players received treats from older players, they watched each other's games, and gained a new friend in another division!

The Pinto Cardinals caught their 14U Maverick buddies' May 7th game, and were treated to cupcakes. 

 

 

 

 
Other buddy pairings included the following teams:
 
Pinto Braves and 11U Mavericks
Pinto Cardinals and 14U Mavericks
Pinto Cubs and 13U Mavericks
Pinto Giants and Bronco Giants
Pinto Nationals and 12U Mavericks
Pinto Reds and Pony Wildcats
 
 

Catchers' Clinic Gives Players Tips Behind the Plate

An MBA catchers' clinic with Coach Max Luckhurst for Mustang backstops was a big success on May 16, 2016. Fifteen players donned "the tools of ignorance” to improve their skills behind the dish.


 

 

Mid-Season Mustang Tournament 

The Mustang division held its annual mid-season tournament the weekend of April 23 and 24. The tournament allowed coaches to flip their lineups and provided opportunities for players to try out new positions in non-competitve games.

 

 

 

Celebrating Baseball in a Small Town

Moraga baseball players kicked off the season with an Opening Day parade on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Players and coaches marched from Camino Pablo Elementary School to Joaquin Moraga Intermediate, accompanied by the Moraga Orinda Fire Department, Moraga Police Department, Campolindo cheerleaders, and local Boy Scouts.

 

Opening Day concluded in the JM gym with a ceremony including current high school baseball players, UC Berekeley baseball players, and Cal's head coach, Dave Esquers.

 

MBA's Snack Shack was open for business as teams headed to the fields for a full day of games under sunny skies. Thank you to all of MBA's sponsors who helped make Opening Day such a success!

 

 

 
 

 

 

Positive Coaching Alliance

Moraga Baseball has entered into an exciting new partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). All coaches and Board members will attend the courses on an annual basis prior to each spring season. The program is used on all levels and has improved coaching and communications within youth sports leagues throughout the country. The PCA website has materials to help improve the experience for all players in our league.

 

TeamSnap Calendar and Tips

Learn how to subscribe to a TeamSnap calendar for automatic updates. Look into the TeamSnap App for mobile devices. Find out how to have multiple TeamSnap accounts access a single player. All here on our tip page.

 

 

 

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