Riptide Win Thanksgiving Tourney

Pali Riptide, a Palisades-based youth baseball organization, won their first tournament championship when their 12 & 13U team rallied to beat CBA in last weekend’s Santa Monica Little League Thanksgiving Tournament.

Consisting of Lucas Brumbach, Jake McCaffrey, Ian Sullivan, Jasper Hoegh-Goldberg, James Cunningham, Hawkie Idelson, Roman Hawk, Teddy Grandy, Beckett Hoffman, Logan Bailey, Hayden Prince and Jimmy Levy, the team cruised to a pair of comfortable victories on the first day, but faced a difficult challenge in the final on the second day.

After a slow start at the plate Riptide found themselves behind 4-1, but they rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-out single by McCaffrey and a bases-clearing double by Hoffman to take the lead. Hoegh-Goldberg shut CBA down in the top of the final frame to close out the win. He combined with starter Bailey and reliever Sullivan to strike out 12 batters in six innings.

Coached by Lee Ellis, Eric Stetz and Richard “Red” Junor, Pali Riptide outscored their opponents 30-10 en route to the organization’s first title since it was started in 2018 by Pacific Palisades Baseball Association coaches Darren Wald and Jason Wolsefer.

Open to players ages 5-13, the fall ball program starts in mid-August and runs through Thanksgiving. Summer clinics at Palisades High focus on fundamental drills and techniques, hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, base running, strength and conditioning, mental approach and team building. For details or to sign up, email paliriptide@gmail.com.