We're in the middle of another summer, and Imperial Valley teams are again dominating regional baseball and softball tournaments. Such has become the case in recent years, with the Valley squads performing better and better each year.
For various reasons, Valley teams often have difficulty competing with teams from more metropolitan Southern California areas in football and basketball, sports in which player size and speed are huge factors. But in baseball and softball, skill, poise and grit are at a premium. And because our young people have plenty of all those traits, they go to regional tournaments elsewhere in Southern California and beyond and often put whippings on the metro-based squads.
Southern California is the baseball and softball hot spot of the nation, if not the world. Yet teams from our little Valley consistently win big regional tourneys.
Competing in the "heat" of coastal California is something of a joke for our desert-hardened teens. Two games on an 85-degree day? That is a breeze for our kids, who practice daily this time of year in weather well above 100 degrees.