Home Run Derby Starts Off Santa Monica Little League Baseball Season

Orioles Slugger Cody Rains Wins Home Run Derby

Sunday, 3 Mar 2013, 3:01:00 PM

Roger Morante

Santa Monica Little League's Cody Rains of the Orioles hits the winning home run during the Santa Monica Little League's Home Run Derby Event at Memorial Park Saturday morning.
Photo by Roger Morante
Santa Monica Little League's Cody Rains of the Orioles hits the winning home run during the Santa Monica Little League's Home Run Derby Event at Memorial Park Saturday morning.

Santa Monica Little League hosted its first Rosti Home Run Derby event followed by the first games of the baseball season on Majors Field at Memorial Park Saturday morning.

After an hour of home run slams by the Santa Monica Little League's top batters, Orioles Cody Rains was declared winner of the Home Run Derby. 

"I'm speechless," said Rains.  "I've always been known as a good hitter and now I just proved it."

The Pirates entered Grant Smith and Sam Brand.

Smith attends Lincoln Middle School and is a three-time Santa Monica Little League

All-Star. Brand attends Lincoln Middle School and is a two-time Santa Monica Little League

All-Star.

The Dodgers entered Drew Lipp and Sam Chesler.

Lipp is from Crossroads. Chesler attends John Adams Middle School and is a two-time Santa Monica Little League

All-Star.

The Mets entered James McCormick and Joshua Barzalai.

McCormick attends John Adams Middle School and is a two-time Santa Monica Little League All-Star. Barzalai attends Paul Revere Middle School and is a one-time Santa Monica Little League All Star. 

The Angels entered Jarod Levin and Geoffrey Belden.

Levin attends John Adams Middle School and is a one time Santa Monica Little League All-Star.

The Orioles entered Rains and Eli Levy.

Rains is a one-time Santa Monica Little League All-Star. Levy attends Lincoln Middle School and is a one -time Santa Monica Little League All-Star who has been playing in the league for seven years.

At the conclusion of the Home Run Derby, the winner Rains was presented with a trophy by Rosti.

Parent Keven Kelsey said that he thought that the event was a good

time for everybody to connect at the start of the Santa Monica Little

League season.

"My son is in five pitch in the Santa Monica Little League and I

think it's a good time for everybody to connect before all the teams go

their separate ways," said Kelsey.  "Opening day is great and the kids

get to see all these different levels and where they will be playing in

the future.  The home run derby is a cool thing because the little kids

realize that that would be a fun thing for them to eventually be on the

field."

The Home Run Derby was announced by Eugene Jones and Punch Hyde White.

 

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