Baseball: Sherman Oaks Little League all-stars have grown up
It appears that Sherman Oaks Little League should have won a Little League World Series a couple years ago considering who was playing in the organization. OK, I'm not blaming the coaches, but look what's happened to the alumni.
The two top pitchers on the all-star team are trying to lead their high school teams to City Section and Southern Section Division I championships: Jack Hartman (Cleveland) and Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake).
Nathan Hadley of Loyola also played in the league and was a teammate of Harvard-Westlake's No. 2 pitcher, Conor Cuse. Also in the league were Harvard-Westlake's standout catcher, Arden Pabst, and outfielder Alex Horowitz.
And Cleveland starters Andrew Devian and Harley Faye were Sherman Oaks all-stars as 12-year-olds.
From the Sherman Oaks majors of 2007, 10 players are going to NCAA DI colleges: Cuse (Stanford), Flaherty (North Carolina), Hartman (Pennsylvania), Horowitz (Butler), Pabst (Georgia Tech), Faye (San Francisco), Andy Frakes (Crespi, San Francisco), Hadley (UCLA), Eddie Muhl (Notre Dame, George Washington), Christian Keamy (Crespi, Gonzaga).
Now that's an all-star team. No wonder the players are still rooting for each other even though they play for rival teams.
-- Eric Sondheimer