Record-breaking honorees for the Del Mar Little League Academic All American Program

By Gloria Limas An

More than 70 Del Mar Little League players were honored as members of the Academic All American Program this year. The league recognizes athletes who excel both on the baseball field and the classroom. It is open to players in fourth through ninth grades playing in divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors and Juniors. Students must have straight “A’s” in all classes to be eligible.

Former DMLL President and current Treasurer Larry Jackel created the program along with Doug Irwin four years ago. It has grown steadily over the years with only 45 players being honored the first year. Jackel says, “The program is an incentive for our athletes to do well in school, then in college and, ultimately, in life whether they go on to play professional ball or not.”

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This year’s honorees follow by league and division:

American League:

Brandon Angel, Rays Majors

Miguel Arguelles, Rebels Juniors

Derek Bragado, Majors Rays

Connor Brashears, Indians Majors

Martha Cary, Mud Hens AA

Justin Diehl, Stanford Cardinal Juniors

Ben Ehrlich, Yale Bulldogs Juniors

Joseph Harrington, Rangers Majors

Duncan Hawe, Owlz AAA

Daniel Hoppen, Ducks Juniors

Ryan Kaney, Tigers Majors

Hyun Soo Kim, Tigers Majors

Jaehoon Kim, Knights AAA

Ethan Koo, Blue Wahoos AAA

Kyle Lu, Blue Wahoos AAA

Jake Maier, Indians Majors

Tyler Masuda, Stanford Cardinal Juniors

Ted Merrifield, Tigers Majors

Alec Mikolajewski, Stanford Cardinal Juniors

Miguel Nepomuceno, Indians Majors

Andrew Park, Tigers Majors

Ethan Platt, Thunder AAA

Bennett Prag, Rays Majors

Sam Reissmann, Yale Bulldogs Juniors

Graham Rice, Stanford Cardinal Juniors

Ronak Roy, Bulls AAA

Ben Schlesier, Indians Majors

Griffin Seidel, Rock Hounds AA

Jack Shimkin, Tigers Majors

Mitchell Uejo, Thunder AAA

Cody von Taube, Scrappers AAA

Cody Van Ness, Mud Hens AA

Sean Wei, Scrappers AAA

Tyler Weinrich, Stanford Cardinal Juniors

National League:

Danny An, Hooks AA

Michael Babikian, Aztecs Juniors

Jack Bao, Bulls AAA

Jack Behrend, Nationals Majors

Kobe Bilstad, River Bandits AA

Cade Eastlack, Dodgers Majors

Mason Eastlack, Raptors AA

Jack Farfel, Mets Majors

Corbin Fricker, Mets Majors

Spencer Gaut, Nationals Majors

Ryan Hadaya, Raptors AA

Joseph Harrington, Rangers Majors

Duncan Hawe, Owlz AAA

Blake Hayes, Aztecs Juniors

Jason Heine, Padres Majors

Max Hill, Raptors AA

Daniel Hoppen, Oregon Ducks Juniors

Ben Jackel, Dodgers Majors

Arnav Kanodia, Mudcats AAA

Cameron Klein, Padres Majors

Michael (M.J.) Metz, Oregon Ducks Juniors

Jack Mittemeyer, Oregon Ducks Juniors

Gavin Navarro, Oregon Ducks Juniors

Cameron Nelson, Redwings AAA

Andy Noah Nilipour, Mudcats AAA

Ronak Roy, Bulls AAA

Alex Ruiz, Bulls AAA

Ryan Sanborn, Mets Majors

Alex Schaerer, Nationals Majors

Conor Sefkow, Mudcats AAA

Joseph Stack, Bulls AAA

Shane Watkins, Blue Claws AAA

Carson Wiener, Mudcats AAA

Kyle Wesseln, Raptors AA

Parker Williams, Mets Majors