Kids in Santa Ana are getting ready for a new season of Little League baseball, but in North Santa Ana they are now split between an upstart Santa Ana Pony League that ousted the Northwest Santa Ana Little League, and the historic Northeast Santa Ana Little League.
As a Little League parent I always dreaded visiting the Northwest Santa Ana Little League. Many of the parents were too competitive. My son played at the AA level last year and at one game against a Northwest team the manager of the team was so rude to the umpire that I sought out the Northwest duty officer. She told me this was none of my business. I later sent an email to the Northwest board and they blew me off.
So when I heard that the Northwest League was switching to the Pony League I figured, “good riddance!” But they are cannibalizing kids from our area, as Pony can take kids from anywhere in Santa Ana. However NESALL is fielding teams at every level this year and our T-ball teams have really exploded, which bodes well for the future of Little League baseball in Northeast Santa Ana. Continue reading