Balls and Strikes

PPBA players (l-r) Oliver Rauch, William Mooney, Shaun Malhotra, Jax Wagner and Toby Daneshrad will start the new season off running at the annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday morning at the Palisades Recreation Center’s Field of Dreams.
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Chase Utley to Throw First Pitch at PPBA Opening Ceremonies

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

Another exciting season gets underway Saturday morning when the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association holds its Pancake Breakfast and opening day ceremonies at the Palisades Recreation Center’s Field of Dreams.

Chairwoman Robyn Casady is hopeful the rain will stay away  long enough for Barrett Eastman, an 8th-grader at Corpus Christi, to sing the national anthem and for former MLB second baseman Chase Utley (who ended his 16-year career in Dodger Blue) to toss the ceremonial first pitch.

The Pancake Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and flapjacks, sausages and O.J. will be served until 10. Proceeds go towards field maintenance. Birch Benders is donating Pancake Mix and Raquel Tavares is donating Ghee from her company 4th and Heart. Starbuck’s is donating coffee and drinks are courtest of The Golden Bull.

Local businesses sponsoring Pinto Division teams are Palisades Garden Cafe (Dodgers); The Feil Group (Tigers); StorQuest Self Storage (Yankees); Shamon Shamonki Sotheby’s (Red Sox); Amalfi Estates (Orioles); Marc Michel Eyewear Studio (Pirates),   Palisadian-Post (Cardinals); and Academy of Technology Art & Music (Cubs).

Local businesses sponsoring Mustang Division teams are Pacific Palisades Concierge Medical Group (Rockies); Elevate PT & Fitness (Pirates); The Yogurt Shoppe (Dodgers); The Optimist Club (Yankees); Kay N’ Daves (Royals); The Golden Bull (Cardinals); Barney’s Beanery (Cubs); Dr. Steven Lee Orthodontics (Orioles); U.S. Bank (Red Sox); and Skinner Vineyards (Tigers).

Local businesses sponsoring Bronco Division teams are Gerry Blanck’s Martial Arts Center (Dodgers); Sue Kohl Real Estate (Tigers); Pearl Dragon (Red Sox); Sons of the American Legion (Yankees); Dr. Gary Polan Optometrist (Cardinals); Village 76 (Cubs); Movies In The Park (Orioles); and Dr. Marta Ward DDS (Pirates).