California District 42 Little League: District News

Thursday, June 7
2018 T.O.C. Semi-Finalists and Finalists Have Been Determined

The Championship matchup features Sweetwater Valley vs. EastLake in the Majors Division.

The Semi-Final games for the 6U Division has Park View vs. Sweetwater Valley on June 19 at 5:00 PM at the Imperial Beach Minors field. Chula Vista American takes on SouthWest on June 20 at 6:30 PM at the Imperial Beach Minors field.

In the 8U division, Sweetwater Valley plays EastLake at 7:30 PM on June 19 at Imperial Beach's Minors field. Park View plays Chula Vista American at 5:00 PM on June 20 at Imperial Beach on the Minors field. 

Minors games see EastLake against Sweetwater Valley on June 19 at IB on the Majors field at 5:00 PM, with Chula Vista American battling Park View on June 20 at 7:30 PM on the IB Majors field.

Congratulations to everyone and good luck! 

The 2018 Tournament of Champions Schedules have been posted. Please go to the Handouts page to get your copy.

Thursday, June 14
2018 District 42 Schedules Released

The 2018 District 42 Schedules for Divisions have been posted. Please go to the Handouts page to get your copy.

Tuesday, May 8
Bat Decertification - What You Need to Know

Receiving a notice that a bat has been decertified, especially in the middle of the season, is challenging, inconvenient, and disappointing for everyone. On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed Little League and other yout organizations about the decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8. We are committed to sharing that information with all of you as soon as we received it. According to the official notice from USA Baseball, "official compliance testing determined that the Ghost X 30/20 exceeds the performance limit set by the USABat Standard. Per the USA Baseball Youth Bat Performance Test Protocol as well as (USA Baseball's) contracts with Easton, these results constitute a non-compliant bat that must be decertified."

For any family or league that is impacted by USA Baseball's decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8, we strongly urge you to read Easton's release, which includes information about how to return your bat to receive a $500 voucher for

How Certification and Decertification Works

For the USABat Standard, bat manufacturers are required by USA Baseball to have their bats certified by following the protocols set out by the standard. Once a bat is certified, additional compliance testing is done to make sure that the bats remain complaint with that standard. Little League® International has no role in bat testing or compliance testing.

Once a bat that is currently in the marketplace and available for purchase fails to meet the performance standard, it is decertified, and pursuant to Rule 1.10, is an illegal bat.

What Little League® Parents and Volunteers Need to Know

Little League does not decide whether a bat meets, doesn't meet, or no longer meets the performance standard. Bats used for Little League play in all divisions must remain compliant to the applicable bat standards, as explained in the current year's rulebook (Rule 1.10).

Through, as well as Little League's social media and email efforts, we are committed to sharing any information about the decertification of bats as soon as possible, so that all our families and volunteers know which bats are permitted and which bats that may have already been sold are no longer approved for play.

What are the Standards?

There are three bat performance standards that Little League International uses for its various divisions of play:


USABat: Overseen by USA Baseball and used by most youth baseball organizations, USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball, Coach/Machine Pitch, Minor League, and Major League (Little League) divisions. USABat Standard or BBCOR bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division. USA Baseball reserves the right to select any USABat product for compliance testing. At that time, the bat is sent to Washington State University for additional testing. If the bat is found to be out of compliance with the standards set forth in the USA Baseball Performance Test Protocol, the bat becomes decertified.

BBCOR: BBCOR-approved bats must be used in the Senior League Baseball Division. Either BBCOR or USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division.


BPF: For all divisions of Little League Softball®, all non-wood bats must be printed with a BPF of 1.20.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and we strongly encourage you to visit for complete information about how bat standards impact all divisions of Little League and resources on which bats are approved for Little League use. For all information pertaining to the USABat Standard, visit

For those parents and leagues who purchased the Easton Ghost X, 30" -10 USA Baseball bat (model #'s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model), we, again, encourage you to read Easton's release and contact them as soon as possible at 1-844-531-7079, or, to return your bat and receive your $500 electronic voucher.

Saturday, May 5
Easton Bat Decertified by USA Baseball

On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed youth organizations, including Little League, that effective immediately, the bat identified as the Easton Ghost X YBB18GX10 30/20 2 5/8" (or the "Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8" at retail) has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30-inch drop 10 variation of the Easton Ghost X only. Pursuant to Rule 1.10, this is now an illegal bat. At the time of this decertification notice, all other lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X bat remain approved for play.

All parents, coaches, and umpires must check their bats and remove these bats from play if they are in possession of these bats.

Any questions regarding returns, refunds, or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton at

Please visit for more information.

More information on how the USABat Standard impacts Little League can be found at

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you all for your attention to this matter.

Wednesday, April 11
Important Update to Mandatory Play Tournament Rule

At the conclusion of the Little League® International Congress in January, we shared with you the full voting results of the Congress Voting Agenda. The final two items, Item 12 (tournament mandatory play) and Item 13 (tournament tie-breaker scenario), both received a majority vote. Item 13 will be referred to the Regional Roundtable agenda in 2020.

Regarding mandatory play for tournament play, the Little League International Tournament Committee was directed to further review and provide due diligence in order to appropriately enhance the mandatory play rule for the benefit of all tournament participants in 2018.

Following this directive, the Tournament Committee worked with the Little League International Board of Directors Operations Committee and the Advisory Board to develop a new mandatory play rule for tournament play effective with the 2018 Little League International Tournament. Please note that the mandatory play regulation is for tournament season play only.

Beginning this year, a manager's failure/refusal to insert players into the line-up as outlined in the new rule shall result in immediate ejection of the manager and removal for the remainder of the International Tournament, without replacement. The umpire-in-chief or other individual designated by the game Tournament Director in consultation with the official scorekeeper, shall advise both team managers, at the appropriate time as outlined in the new rule, of their obligation to insert all players who have not completed their mandatory play requirement.

The full text of the updated Tournament Rule 9, which pertains to baseball and softball 8- to 10-Year Old Division, 9- to 11-Year-Old Division, Little League, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League can be reviewed at The full text is also available for download.

I strongly urge you to fully review this new rule and ensure that you share this with all of your fellow volunteers and parents within your district and/or league. Please note that the updated Tournament Rule 9 is not included in the printed or eBook version of the Little League Rulebooks for this season, but will be in full effect immediately.


We know that you will have questions regarding this new rule. We strongly urge you to submit those questions through this Submit a Question link. Little League International will use these questions to develop additional support, including an FAQ and an upcoming webinar to discuss the rule to help all volunteers, coaches, umpires, and parents to fully understand the rule prior to tournament play this season.

As always, Little League International Headquarters and Regional Staff is here to support you as we adopt this new change, which provides a structure that remains consistent with the spirit of Little League's mandatory play rule. We urge you to use the Submit a Question link, and please be on the look for additional educational resources for the updated Tournament Rule 9 in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued volunteer service and dedication to Little League.

Tuesday, October 17
Next President's Meeting on April 10, 2017.

Hello everyone, Our next President's meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 PM at Mueller Elementary School. The school is located at 715 I Street in Chula Vista, 91910. Don't forget to bring your T-Ball Representatives to this meeting. If you are unable to attend, please send your Vice President, or any other Board member. See you there!

Sunday, February 18
New Bat Standard
USA Baseball
USA Baseball

As you know, this year marks the first year in the adoption of the USABat Standard by many youth baseball organizations, including Little League® International. We greatly appreciate your understanding over the past three years as we've worked with USA Baseball to transition to this new standard.

Recently, USA Baseball has provided Little League and other youth organizations with some additional guidance on how organizing bodies, like Little League International, can make it easier for local leagues, volunteers, and players to use bats within our programs. We encourage you to review their FAQs at, as well as the information on

Effective immediately (Thursday, February 15, 2018), Little League has amended Rule 1.10 for Little League Baseball for the Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch Divisions and the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League, to reflect this guidance from USA Baseball. Read the fully updated Rule 1.10 on

Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch

Players may use approved Tee Ball bats, including those that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard that have been certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program ( ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS.

Little League International encourages leagues using approved Tee Ball bats at the Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch level to only use approved tee balls in these instructional divisions to help avoid confusion as to what type of baseball should be used at any given time.

Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League

In addition to using bats approved for Little League play based on the USABat Standard, players in these two divisions can also choose to use bats that have been approved and appropriately certified using the BBCOR standard. All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

Please note that these changes are only applicable to these levels of play within the Little League Baseball program. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

Monday, January 8
2018 Rule Changes
Rules Updates

At its annual fall meeting this past November, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2018 season. On this page, you will find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.

*Please note that all rule and regulation changes and clarifications are reflected in the 2018 Little League Rulebooks. The information provided below is strictly a summary of the changes.

Saturday, July 8
2017 State Tournaments

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8-10s, EastLake: falls in the Championship game, 8 - 6, to Santa Margarita (Section 10, District 68). Congratulations to EastLake on a great run through the Tournament season.

9-11s, EastLake: wins the Southern California State Championship, 11 - 4 over Upland Foothill (Section 3, District 23). Congratulations to EastLake on a great season, and their outstanding performance in the 2017 Tournament season.

Little League, EastLake: is eliminated from Tournament play, losing to Santa Margarita (Section 10, District 68) 10 - 8. Congratulations to EastLake on a great season and their great performance in the 2017 Tournament season.

Intermediate League: Luckie Waller is eliminated from Tournament play, falling to Holly Park (District 37, Section 4), 19 - 5. Congratulations to Luckie Waller on their outstanding performance in the Southern California State Tournament!

Handout: 2017 Division III Baseball Tournaments

Sunday, July 9
2017 Section 7 Tournaments

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Congratulations to our Section 7 Champions! 


8-10s, EastLake: captures the Section 7 Championship with an 8 - 3 win over Calexico (District 22). They will advance to the State Tournament in Palmdale, CA. Their first game is Saturday, July 22 at 4:00 PM vs. the winner of game 1 at Palmdale Little League.

9-11s, EastLake: wins the Section 7 Championship with a 10 - 0 win over Cajon de Oro (District 41). They now advance to the State Tournament in Upland, CA. Their first game is Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 PM vs. the Section 10 Champions at Upland National Little League.

Little League, EastLake: wins the Section 7 Championship, defeating Cajon de Oro, 13 - 6. They advance to the State Tournament in Long Beach, CA. Their first game is Thursday, July 20 at 6:00 PM against the Section 4 Champion at Long Beach Little League.

Junior League, Park View: is eliminated from Tournament play, losing to Twin Hills (District 66), 11 - 1. Congratulations to Park View on a great season!

Handout: 2017 Section 7 Tournaments

Wednesday, June 14
The 2017 District Champions Advance

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Congratulations to our 2017 District 42 Champions.

8-10s, EastLake: advances to the Section 7 Tournament at West Hills Little League (District 41). First game is Saturday, July 8 at 1:30 PM vs. District 22.

9-11s, EastLake: advances to the Section 7 Tournament at Brawley Little League (District 22). First game is Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 PM vs. District 22.

Little League, EastLake: advances to the Section 7 Tournament at Spring Valley Little League (District 66). First game is Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 PM against District 41.

Intermediate League, Luckie Waller: advances to the Southern Clifornia State Tournament at District 55, in Laguna Nigel. Their first game is Friday, July 7, at 6:30 PM against Bloomington Little League from Section 8.

Junior League, Park View: advances to the Section 7 Tournament at Spring Valley Little League (District 66). First game is Saturday, July 8 at 6:30 PM vs. District 41. Please check the Bracket for changes for the rest of the Tournament.

Wednesday, June 7
Tournament of Champions Winners Have Been Decided

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The Championship Games of the 2017 Tournament of Champions are in the books. Congratulations to the 6U champions Sweetwater Valley, winners over Park View; the 8U champions EastLake, who defeated Sweetwater Valley; and the Minors champions EastLake who hung on to beat Sweetwater Valley.

The Majors division championship was decided on Tuesday, June 20th, with Eastlake defeating Chula Vista American. Congratulations to EastLake Little League on their 2017 T.O.C. Championship, hanging on for an 18 - 3 win over runners-up Chula Vista American.

Go to the Handouts page to get your copy of the brackets.

Wednesday, June 7
Little League Rule Changes for 2017

Little League

At its annual fall meeting this past November, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2017 season. On this page, you will find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks. Scroll down on the page to find the 2017 Tournament Rule changes.

Wednesday, April 19
2017 T-Ball Jamboree Schedule Has Been Posted

2017 T-Ball Jamboree

The T-Ball Jamboree schedule has been posted. Click on the headline to get your copy.

Tuesday, August 30
Park View Welcome Home Rally

Park View Welcome Home Rally
Come on down to Park View on Thursday to welcome home the 2016 Little League World Series team. The fun begins at 5:30 PM.

Sunday, August 14
2016 Little League World Series

Congaratulations to Park View Little League for advancing to the 2016 Little League World Series. We thank you for the character and sportsmanship you displayed during your tournament run this season.

Park View was eliminated from Title contention after their loss to Tennessee on Tuesday.

Read Kevin Acee's story in the San Diego Union-Tribune here. 

  West Champions

Thursday, August 4
West Region Tournament

Congratulations to Park View Little League, the 2016 Little League West Region Champions.

Park View West Champs 


Park View LL from Chula Vista, Calif. Captures the Little League Baseball® West Regional Championship

Monday, August 1
Park View Pep Rally


Park View Pep Rally


Views from the Pep Rally can be found HERE

Saturday, July 30
Division III Tournaments

Congratulations to the Park View Little League All-Stars for winning the 2016 Division III title. 

To see action shots from the Championship Game, click HERE 

Handout: 2017 Division III Baseball Tournaments

Wednesday, July 20
SubDivision III South Tournaments

Monday, July 11
Section 7 Tournaments

Section 7 Tournaments


Congratulations to the EastLake 8-10s, the EastLake 9-11s and the Park View 10-12s for winning their Section 7 titles.

For action shots from the 8-10 Championship Game, click HERE 

  For action shots from the 9-11 Championship Game, click HERE 


The EastLake Junior League All-Stars were eliminated from the Section 7 Tournament as Lemon Grove held on to defeat them, 15 - 14. Congratulations EastLake on a great tournament season.

Handout: 2017 Section 7 Tournaments

Monday, June 20
District 42 Tournaments

Check the Handouts page for your copy of the brackets with the scores.


Congratulations to EastLake's 8-10 year-old, EastLake's 9-11 year-old, Park View's Little League and EastLake's Junior League teams for winning their District 42 Tournament Championships.

Click this link for more action photos from the Juniors Championship game. 

Handout: 2018 District 42 Tournaments

Tuesday, June 9
Parent Confessions... My Kid DidnÂ’t Make All-Stars... I Handled It Bad

Over the years, Little League® has received stories from parents throughout the world, reflecting on their influence, their behavior and how they handled themselves during the career of their Little Leaguer®. While a vast majority of our parents and guardians are extremely positive role models, we can all learn from select stories some have chosen to tell. 

My daughter was not the best player on the team, but she was good. Solid at the plate. Nice glove in the field. Other parents talked about how she hustled and how she started all the chants – “A cheerleader in the dugout,” one parent told me. I just smiled. While she had great spirit and a positive attitude, my daughter never wanted to be a cheerleader. All she talked about was softball. She worked hard at it, all through Little League, and improved so much. I figured with all her effort, and better than average skills, she’d make the All-Star team. She didn’t. We were both crushed – me more than her. 

The list of All-Stars was posted at the concession stand before our game. While she sat in the dugout, clearly upset, I walked around and found as many managers who voted for the All-Stars as I could. Read the Full Story 

Monday, June 13
2016 6U, 8U and Minors T.O.C. Champions Crowned

The 2016 T.O.C. championships have been decided. Please click on the headline, or check the Handouts page to get your updated copy of the brackets with scores of all the games.

Congratulations to Sweetwater Valley 6U, EastLake 8U, EastLake Minors and Park View Majors for winning the 2016 T.O.C. Championships!

Handout: 2018 Tournament Of Champions

Tuesday, June 7
2016 Majors T.O.C. Champions Crowned

Park View wins Major League Tournament of Champions.

Park View won the Majors T.O.C. over EastLake, 14 - 0.

Check the Handout, or click on the headline to view the bracket.

Results from Friday's Semi-final games:

EastLake - 2, Chula Vista American - 0

Park View - 6, Chula Vista National - 1

Handout: 2018 Tournament Of Champions

Monday, May 30
EastLake Yankees Win 2016 Junior League Championship

Congratulations to the EastLake Yankees!

The Yankees went undefeated this season, and swept through the playoffs to capture the 2016 Junior League Championship. Congratulations to the Yankees on a great season!

 EastLake Yankees

Monday, May 30
Padres Offer Ticket Discount to District 42

The San Diego Padres are offering discounts of up to 40% ...

The Kids of Summer

Every league should strive to have Managers and Coaches that inspire their players, such as Coach David Belisle. Check out his video below.

Frosted Flakes LLWS

Wednesday, June 1
District 42 World Series Teams



Thursday, February 11
Ground Rules/Local Rules for Local Leagues

What is the purpose of Local Rules?

Local Rules establish the league’s policies in certain areas where leeway is allowed by Little League Baseball Rules, Regulations and Policies. No league’s Local Rules can conflict with the published Rules, Regulations, Policies, or Principles of Little League Baseball without the expressed written permission from the Charter Committee in Williamsport. A league’s Local Rules, once approved by Western Regional Headquarters, should be distributed to all who are required to implement or uphold the policies or directives (i.e., managers, coaches, umpires, player agent(s), Board of Directors, etc.). They should also be made available upon request to any Member of the Local League. The Local Rules should be adopted by the Local League Board of Directors at least one month before the first game of the regular season.

What’s the difference between Local Rules and the Constitution?

The Local Rules are not considered part of the Constitution. They are two separate documents. The Local Rules are reviewed, revised (if necessary) and adopted annually by the Board of Directors. The Constitution governs the Local League operation from year to year and can only be amended by the Membership at a duly organized meeting as provided in article XII of the Model Constitution.

What should be in the Local rules? 

  1. Any field conditions not already covered by Little League Rules and Regulations, such as a telephone wire erected partially inside fair or foul territory.
  2. Any specifically optional Rules or Regulations, such as the 10-run rule (Rule 4.10 (e)) and any of the several noted optional rules in Minor League and Tee Ball.
  3. An optional rule limiting the number of visits a manager or coach may make to the mound per game to talk to his pitcher. (Rule 8.06 already covers the number of visits per inning).
  4. Local directives, such as requiring each manager to umpire in other divisions, require teams to clean their own dugouts after games, etc.
  5. The method of selection for the Tournament Teams in all Divisions.
  6. The draft method for all divisions, if different from the Operating Manual. (A detailed description of the Draft Method, if different from the Operating Manual, must be submitted in writing to Western Regional Headquarters, and the league must receive approval before the draft begins. This process requires about three weeks, so the method must be submitted to Headquarters at least one month before the draft).
  7. Duties of those persons or committees not specifically covered by the league’s Constitution, such as Concession Stand Coordinator, Hat Collection Coordinator, Fence Repair Committee, etc.
  8. The league’s policy on when a team may no longer call up a player from the Minor League (Regulation III (d) 2-note 1), and when a team must fill a vacancy.
  9. Non-baseball/softball related directives, i.e. no animals allowed on complex, no bike riding on complex, etc. 

What must not be in Local rules? 

  1. Any rule that alters supersedes or conflicts with published Little League Baseball Rules, Regulations, Policies, or Principles.
  2. Any rule already covered by a published rule, regulation or policy. Re-wording already published Little League Baseball Rules, Regulations, or Policies invites conflicting opinions on how the rules are to be interpreted and must be avoided.
  3. Rules that remove or replace authority granted to certain persons by the Little League Baseball Rules and Regulations.


Friday, November 13
Can you explain the new Little League Baseball® Age Determination date, and why the change was made?

Little League® International always welcomes feedback from every one of our 7,000-plus leagues. We feel that the only way to provide the best experience for Little Leaguers® and their parents is to hear from and listen to our valuable volunteers and participants in communities worldwide.

Little League conducted a very detailed participation research project. That research showed that parents, players, and volunteers want to see Little League® become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Our volunteer District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors carefully considered the results of the research, and ultimately changed the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31. This change will ensure that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division.

Saturday, October 4
Have you updated your League Officers?

The new fiscal year for Little League began on October 1st. All Leagues should have had their elections for their 2016 Boards of Directors. Don't forget to go to the Little League Data Center to update your League Officers.

Thursday, April 17
Safety Spotlight: Warm Up to Prevent Injuries

Warming Up

With Little League® practices in full swing around the nation, there are more baseball and softball gloves getting used right now than any other time of year. And in the early part of the season, it’s crucial to remember the importance of warming up, stretching and keeping young arms healthy. Click here to read more

Saturday, March 15
Your Voice

Since The Parent Connection was launched in October, we’ve been thrilled with how you have embraced this newsletter and we’ve received some wonderful feedback. As parents, grandparents and guardians of Little Leaguers, this is your newsletter and we encourage everyone to let us know what’s on your minds.
Click here to read more

How to Be a Sports Parent

Little League Coach and Umpire Resource Centers

Coaches Tool Kit

Saturday, October 5
Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Baseball?

We hear the horror stories about kids spending nearly every week of the year playing in one particular sport; about parents spending thousands of dollars so their child can play on an "elite" traveling team; about pitchers being used so much in non-Little League play that they require surgery that used to be reserved for Major League pitchers looking to extend their careers. How much is too much? Check out the essay by President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen D. Keener. This article was featured in the 2005 Little League World Series program. Read the entire article here...

Saturday, November 23
Put The Brakes On Travel Ball

Little League® is so much more than baseball and softball. At our core, we are a teaching organization dedicated to providing life-lessons that help parents guide their children as they transition from youth to young adult to adult. Click here to read more.

Saturday, March 15
The Dangers of Steroids and Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs

Here’s an eye opener for parents, the average age that a child starts taking dietary supplements is 10.8 years old, so they would likely still be playing in the Minor division of Little League®. Taylor Hooton, a former Little Leaguer®, was a 17-year-old high school athlete from Plano, Texas.
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