WITH 89 GAMES PLAYED IN 52-DAY PERIOD
SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego League on Wednesday concluded its 2020 season with 89 games played over a 52-day period beginning June 15. The 89-game total includes the Second-Annual All-Star Game and five post-season contests, and all were played at San Diego Christian High School on the campus of the Shadow Mountain Community Church. The Hooks were crowned champions with a 10-6 win over the Brewers.
In only its second year, the San Diego League featured players and/or incoming players from 51 different Division 1 schools. There were 18 Division 1 conferences represented as well, including all in the “Power Five” of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, and SEC. Twenty-one Division 1 schools in California were represented, including all three in San Diego (San Diego State, University of San Diego, and UC San Diego).
There were 252 players who appeared in at least one game in the eight-team league that consists of the Hooks, Long Boarders, Sharks, and Waveriders (Sea Division); and Brewers, Jets, Warriors, and Wild (Land Division). The 2019 SDL had only four teams and 110 players.
“At the conclusion of this unprecedented and challenging summer, I couldn’t be more proud of the players, coaches, umpires, and staff who made the 2020 season possible,” Chief Operating Officer Connor Little said. “Zero would have been the easy number of games, but everyone came together with a passionate, dedicated, and collaborative effort to get America’s Pastime back on the field.”
Among the 89 games in the 2020 season, there were 1,024 runs scored, 1,429 hits, and 80 home runs. Pitchers logged 1,595 strikeouts.
Postseason awards, including First- and Second-Team All-SDL accolades, will be announced next week.
San Diego State outfielder Matt Rudick (Warriors) won the 2020 SDL Batting Title with a .419 average. He hit safely in each of his 16 games, collecting four doubles, three triples, three home runs, 18 RBI, and 22 runs scored. He struck out only three times in 70 plate appearances.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo infielder Tate Samuelson (Long Boarders) and Cal – Berkeley infielder Hance Smith (Jets) tied for the league lead with four home runs. Including one each in the postseason, Rudick and University of New Orleans outfielder Gaige Howard also had four homers overall.
The 2021 season is planned for June 5 – August 7.