Lamorinda showing resiliency at CMWS

Matt Hollinshead,
Christian Strand of Lamorinda, right, is swarmed by teammates after scoring a run against the Midland Redskins during Monday's CMWS championship bracket game at Ricketts Park.

FARMINGTON — Lamorinda has one important, symbolic motto through one of its Twitter hashtags: shock the world.

After surviving a brutal pool play group, which included the Southern California Renegades and the Florida Legends, Lamorinda keeps defying odds in its first-ever Connie Mack World Series appearance.

“We found ourselves down, fighting and scrapping,” coach Kevin Stanley said. “These guys never quit. They always believe in themselves.”

Lamorinda overcame a 4-0 deficit to take down the defending CMWS champion Midland Redskins, 6-5, on Monday. 

The next night, this resilient squad quickly jumped on the Farmington Fuel, generating a 5-0 first-inning lead on Tuesday en route to a 7-4 win.

“We really love it out here, being the underdog,” center fielder Trent Greene said. “We’ve just got the fight in us. Even if we’re down 4-0 or we’re up 5-0, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got to keep fighting and (keep) putting runs on the scoreboard.”

Lamorinda, which features just 14 players, has played in ball games entering this week where it dug itself out of even bigger holes on the scoreboard.

“We’ve been down 10 runs before, and we came back and won a ball game,” Stanley said. “When you do that, and you do it time after time after time, you really start to believe in yourself.”

Lamorinda scraps for every run it can get, darting across the bags, inching closer and closer to home plate.

The team also makes sure to hold down opposing lineups, from the routine groundouts to getting critical pickoffs like one instance against the Fuel on Tuesday.

Resuming play against D-BAT Bonesio 5:15 p.m. tonight at Ricketts Park, Lamorinda fights for every chance to stay ahead.

“They grind, and they never say die,” Stanley said.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or via email at