Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome

Last Signup for Fall Ball!


The time has come if you want to play Fall Ball this year.

Our final scheduled sign up will be this Saturday, August 13 from 9:00-11:00 am at Cadman Park. We will also be holding a first practice for all players from 9-11, so if you haven't signed up yet, arrive early and have your players bring their glove and cleats.


We are doing signups for kids in the Farm, Minors, Intermediate and Juniors divisions (ages 7-15 by April 30, 2017), with the number of teams dependent on signups. Some games will be played against teams from neighboring leagues.

Fall Ball is a time for training and development of players as well as umpires. It is a fun and relaxed environment where players can improve their skills while learning valuable tools that are important as they move up in a division or are just beginning their baseball careers. Managers are encouraged to use this time to develop players at different positions and practice pitching. Games are played on Sunday afternoons, with teams typically practicing no more than once a week. Generally players who participate in the fall ball program benefit greatly from the additional instruction and experience, especially if they may be moving up to a new division next spring.

If you have any questions, contact either Player Agent Michelle Mendez (619) 977-6018 •


Handout: Fall Ball 2016

All-Star Teams Announced


All-Star and tournament teams will represent our league in several post-season tournaments. Congratulations to these players and good luck in your games. Opening games and rosters for our teams are as follows:

9U Summer Classic: Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m. vs. Rancho Penasquitos National. Tournament is being hosted by Scripps Ranch Little League.
Christopher Bruff
Elijah Duffy
Hudson Gartland
Gavin Griffiths
Carson Hildebrandt
Joshua Kaplan
Logan Laycock
Dolan Maher
Julian Maravilla
Diego Matsomoto
J.J. Wood
Manager: Dave Maher

9/10-Year-Old All-Stars: Saturday, June 25 at 3 p.m. vs. Coronado. Tournament is being hosted by Clairemont Hilltoppers at Cadman Park.
Caleb Bruff
Gavin Girouard
Nick Herschman
Jeren Jabaay
Diego Jaimes
Declan Kelly
Thomas Maher
Dustin Majam
Leandro Maravilla
Job Matsomoto
Zach Ortiz
Bostyn Pallamary
Justin Reichenberg
Armando Zerpa
Manager: Ross Majam

11-Year-Old All-Stars: Tuesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. Opponent TBD. Tournament hosted by Coronado Little League.
Griffin Bonner
Maximus Conkle
Drew Featherston
Elliott Goss
Zach Griffin
Max Kussat
Thaddeus Limosnero
Cearius Lunsford
Anthony Salorio
Jacob Sloan
James Watson
Lucas Wurst
Manager: Mike Van Cleave

Intermediate All-Stars: Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. vs. Rancho Penasquitos American. Tournament hosted by Rancho Penasquitos Little League.
Luke Farmer
Troy Granfors
Simon Griffin
Matthew Hankee
Jeffrey Jabaay
Russell Madriaga
Jeremy Navarro
Ross Peller
Domenick Ricci
Gavin Scurr
Nathan Simas
Jacob Sirois
Ty Umel
Manager: Murray Peller

Juniors All-Stars: Monday, June 20 at 5 p.m. vs. Coronado. Tournament hosted by University City Little League. 
To be announced
Manager: Ron Anuskiewicz


Closing Day Wraps Up 60th Regular Season!

Closing Day, held on Saturday, June 4, featured a great day of two championship games, great food, and a fun-filled Closing Ceremonies.

Ceremonies included trophies and/or medals to all of the league’s players, our special Spirit of Hilltoppers awards for a dozen players and coaches Jason Kuy and Peter Bandera, and lots of great raffle prizes.

Prior to the ceremonies, the championship games for the Farm and Minors divisions saw Gutierrez Real Estate and Jersey Mike's crowned as champions in their respective divisions. Following ceremonies, our Minors home run derby was topped by Diego Jaimes, Thomas Maher and caleb Bruff in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

As we head into our tournament season and several more weeks of fun and excitement, we will look back and remember fondly the year we had, and realize that Fall Ball signups in August will be here before we know it!


Playoffs Crown Regular Season Champs

With the regular season ending, playoffs have decided our champions in the Farm, Minors and Intermediate divisions.

The playoff winners in our Minors, Intermediate and Juniors divisions go on to compete in the District 32 Tournament of Champions competitions, playing against the winners from all of the other leagues in our 11-league district. 

Check back here or on our Facebook page to see results and updated schedules. 


Game 1: Mon., May 23 - Otero's Cabinets defeated Crown Computers
Game 2: Mon., May 23 - Best Western defeated S.D. Madres (in 14 innings!)
Game 3: Tues., May 24 - Gutierrez Real Estate defeated Imagine Marble
Game 4: Wed., June 1 - Best Western defeated Clairemont Emmanuel
Game 5 - Wed., June 1 - Gutierrez Real Estate defeated Otero's Cabinets
Championship: Sat., June 4 - Gutierrez Real Estate defeated Best Western
Congratulations to the Gutierrez Real Estate Padres, who are our 2016 Farm Division Champions

Game 1: Tues., May 24 - Jimmie Johnson defeated South American Imports
Game 2: Wed., May 25 - Pacific Gold defeated Thrasher Termite, 5 p.m., South field
Game 3: Wed., May 25 - Mike's BBQ defeated S.D. Madres, 5 p.m., Padres field
Game 4: Thurs., May 26 - Jersey Mike's defeated Sector 9 
Game 5: Tues., May 31 - Jersey Mike's defeated Jimmie Johnson 
Game 6: Thurs., June 2 - Pacific Gold defeated Mike's BBQ
: Jersey Mike's defeated Pacific Gold
Congratulations to the Jersey Mike's Padres, who are our 2016 Minors Division Champions
Jersey Mike's will now represent 
our league in the District 32 Tournament of Champions, with their first game on Saturday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Scripps Ranch L.L. fields vs. University City.

Game 1: Mon., May 23 - Angels defeated Nationals
Game 2: Tues., May 24 - Angels defeated Padres
Game 3: Thurs., May 26 - Rays defeated Orioles
Championship: Tues., May 31 - Rays defeated Angels
Congratulations to the Rays, who are our 2016 Intermediate division champions. The Rays represented our league in the District 32 Tournament of Champions, with an amazing game on Friday, June 3. They ending up losing 12-11, but had a two-out grand slam in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 11.


Little League Day Goes Long on Everything, Especially Fun!

Payton Maher (second from left) throws out first pitch

This year's annual Clairemont Hilltoppers trip to Petco Park was a definite record-breaker. Not only was it probably the biggest crowd in Little League Day history at over 43,000, but it was also the longest game in all the years Hilltoppers has attended, the Padres and Dodgers battling for 17 innings before the bad guys from up north prevailed.

The day began with the annual Little League parade down on the field at Petco Park, featuring thousands of Little Leaguers from all over San Diego County. All of the kids in attendance received wiffle ball bats and balls, and everyone got a Padres tote bag upon entering. Over 370 Hilltoppers were in attendance on the day, most in two sections of the Upper Deck right behind home plate. We all had a lot to cheer about before the game, as our very own Payton Maher (age 11) received the honor of throwing out a first pitch!

While the game did not end as we had hoped, it was still a great Hilltoppers day of fun, friends, food and families. If you missed this year's game, be sure to get your tickets early next season! 

Softball Tournament Home Run Again

The Three Amigos

Congratulations to "The Three Amigos," winners of the 20th Annual Never on Mother's Day Softball Tournament.

Longtime participants in the tourney, they captured their second title with a daylong barrage of great hitting and stellar defense.

But they weren't the only stars on the day. With 15 games played over 10 hours on two fields, there were more great catches, and big hits than ever. Thanks to all the "walking wounded" who felt the effects, but played their hearts out in the tournament. Congratulations also to The Mighty Woodchucks, who after many years of heartbreak, put together a team full of former Hilltopper parents and players that reached the championship game in spectacular fashion!

Thanks also to all who gave up their Sunday to work our snack bar, prep our fields, pass out t-shirts and umpire the ballgames. If you want to know who was having fun, just look for one of the bright green shirts around the park!

Sign Up For Seniors/Big League


Little League does NOT end at 12-years old in Intermediate, or even at 14-years-old in Juniors. Little League has divisions for 15 & 16-year-olds (Seniors) and 17 & 18-year-olds (Big League).

We are forming Senior & Big League teams to start play at the beginning of, following the completion of the high school baseball seasons. Teams will play a quick 12-game season in June, then head right into All-Star tournament play in July.

In recent years, teams from our older divisions have had great success in tournament play, twice reaching the finals of the Southern California championship. Many of the players on these teams are longtime veterans of Clairemont Hilltoppers. 

Players need an original birth certificate and three proofs of residency (dated between Feb. 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016) along with $70 to signup. Contact Player Agent Lisa Laycock at 619-278-9973 or for more information.


Poker Tournament is Flush with Funl


Many thanks to all who came out on April 23 to make our 13th annual Hilltoppers Poker Tournament a huge success!

From the staff at the Best Western Seven Seas, to our fine dealers who did such great work, to all of the friends, parents and coaches from our league who came and shared a great evening of camaraderie... you all made it a truly great event.

We have so many loyal Hilltoppers friends and alumni who come out year after year, but we were also thrilled to have so many first-timers who helped make this the best turnout we have had in many years. Thanks also to our DJs Dave and Daniel Pursel for keeping the tunes going all night long.

Congratulations to league treasurer Denny Speidel, who went home with the first place crown and won two tickets to the All-Star FanFest as well as four field level tickets to a Padres game.

Our other prize winners, who all battled through a long evening to reach the final table, included Linda Cord, Kelly Grant, Tim Helmbrecht, Larry Perkins, Dirk Fichtner, Bob Faudoa and Spencer Farmer.

Thanks again to all for making this so much fun. Tell a friend and don't miss this next time around!

A Celebration Worthy of 60 Years!

Just two of the highlights: The Famous Chicken and KUSI's Dave Scott

Saturday, March 5 will certainly go down as one of the most memorable days in the 60-year history of Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.

We began bright and early with the first T-Ball games of the year, with more than sixty 4- and 5-year-olds showing off their skills for the first time. Then, it was time for our Opening Ceremony, and what a splash we made this year!

We began with a parade of all our teams, with this year's players greeted by alumni from throughout the six decades of Clairemont Hilltoppers. Soon it was time to look to the skies, as two skydivers carrying a huge American flag came streaming down to the strains of Ray Charles' America the Beautiful. We were honored to have Councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate on hand to declare it Clairemont Hilltoppers Day in San Diego.

Members of the Padres "Pad Squad," our District Administrator Lisa LaPage, Cadman Elementary Principal Elizabeth Ballard, and staff and directors from Park & Rec also added to the special occasion. Dave Scott and the KUSI-TV morning news were there from 8-11 a.m. to capture all of the excitement, and they were joined during the ceremony by KUSI lead sports anchor Paul Rudy, who came in by helicopter with the ball for our first pitch. That pitch was thrown by our very special guest, the San Diego Famous Chicken, whose energy and personality entertained us, just like he has for millions of sports fans during the past 40 years.

After ceremonies, we enjoyed a lunch of Mike's BBQ, and watched ballgames for the rest of the afternoon, basking in beautiful weather and the knowledge that the well over 300 kids of our league had a day they will remember for a loooong time!

To see some truly memorable images of Opening Day, visit the website of ace photographer Michele Friszell at:


Game Schedules

Here are the game schedules for all teams. Simply click on the handout below and find the division schedule you are looking for.

Handout: 2016 Schedules

Tons of Fun at Our Fundraiser Dinner!

Winners of great autographed jerseys

This year's Annual Fundraiser Dinner 0n February 27 at Coastal Crave Restaurant was a huge success.

Over 100 Hilltoppers parents, coaches, friends and families came together for an evening of socializing, music and raising a little money, all while enjoying a delicious dinner.

There were tons of great items for our raffles, live and silent auctions. Several items generated spirited bidding, including Cal Ripken and Ozzie Smith autographed jerseys, a Kyle Holder basket, a two-night stay at the Crystal Pier Hotel, and a special Hilltoppers Opening Day VIP Experience.

This is our single biggest fundraiser of the year, and very important to keeping our fees the lowest in town, but it can only reach those levels thanks to the support of our donors, organizers and families. Many thanks to our fundraiser chairperson Michelle Jennings for spearheading this effort, along with co-chair Shannon Featherston. Thanks also to committee members Karoline Maher and Lisa Laycock for working so hard to gather donations. And thanks to all of the league parents who helped bring in donations and came to enjoy the evening

Finally, thanks to Coastal Crave Restaurant for once again generously hosting this event. You helped make this a night to remember!

Sports Authority Clinic A Smashing Success!

Hilltopper Aidan Mendez with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith

Saturday, February 20 definitely had everyone seeing RED at Cadman Park!

Our Sports Authority Field Day was a real day to remember for so many young ballplayers from Clairemont Hilltoppers as well as other leagues. The red-themed decorations were everywhere, and our fields never looked better.

Highlighted by the appearances of all-time great shortstops Ozzie Smith and Cal Ripken Jr., every kid heard sage advice from these Hall of Famers, ran through lots of fun drills with excellent instructors, got to play in a bunch of interactive exhibits from a variety of vendors, and went home with nice giveaways.

Thank you to the fine folks from Ripken Baseball for giving our kids your time and knowledge. Thanks to the members of the University City High School baseball team for pitching in and working alongside our kids. Thanks to all of the CHLL volunteers who kept everyone fed and hydrated and kept things running smoothly. And thanks to Sports Authority and all of their staff, who went above and beyond to bring this excitement to our ballfields, set up such a fun and beautiful venue, and provide such a memorable (and FREE) day for all these kids.



2016 Sponsorship Forms are Here!

If you are one of our esteemed returning sponsors and you need the forms to renew for this year, are a first timer, or it's been a while since you have taken advantage of our sponsorship opportunities, the forms are located here for your convenience. Simply download and print the forms and email or mail them in.

If you have any questions, please contact Troy Keltner, our sponsorship coordinator at 858-273-1949 or

Thank you for 60 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.



Handout: 2016 Sponsorship Forms

Clairemont Hilltoppers Hall of Fame

One of the highlights of our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2006 was the formation of a Clairemont Hilltoppers Hall of Fame.

Named as Charter Members were 17 individuals whose achievements, contributions and leadership will forever be recognized with this honor. A few others have been added since. A permanent plaque listing the names of all original and subsequent Hall of Famers hangs in our scorebooth building.

Following are the Inductees along with year named:

• Frank Adams (2006)
• Ron Conkle (2006)
• Ken Henderson (2006)
• Tom Franklin (2006)
• John Adams (2006)
• Link Lincavage (2006)
• Harold McCoy (2006)
• Jim Gerstenslager (2006)
• Dave Stephenson (2006)
• Mike Winters (2006)
• Dave Bermudes (2006)
• George Kovacevich (2006)
• Bill Salonius (2006)
• Jeanne Morrow (2006)
• Cesar Carmona (2006)
• Dave Pursel (2006)
• Mike Van Cleave (2006)
• Steve Conner (2008)
• Judy Salonius (2011)
• Ken Cicalo (2011)
• Kyle Holder (2015)

These members are recognized for their contributions in one or more of these four categories: Inspirational, Leadership, Volunteer and Special Recognition. Future members will be selected by a committee of current and former Hilltoppers.

Congratulations to all of these Hall of Famers, and many thanks for all you have meant to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.

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Why Play Clairemont Hilltoppers?

Serving The Kids of Clairemont Since 1957!

As part of the oldest and largest youth sports organization in history, Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League is proud to offer the finest experience possible for the youth of Clairemont.

For 75 years, the name "Little League" has been the most respected and recognized brand in all of youth sports. Now entering our 60th year, Clairemont Hilltoppers represents that brand as both the longest-running youth organization in Clairemont, and also its only Little League program. Over 20,000 boys and girls have passed through the Hilltoppers program since 1957, and we take special pride in the number of second- and third-generation players in our league.

Having grown significantly in the last five years, Clairemont Hilltoppers had over 400 kids playing ball in our Spring 2015 season, and we continue to find new ways to bring fun, safety, competition and life lessons to every child who joins our program.

Here are just a few of the reasons for our growth and popularity:

• We offer divisions for kids of every age. Little League has teams for youth from 4- to 18-years-old. Any child who will be 4-years-old by August 31, 2016 is eligible to start in our T-Ball program. And, while many leagues end when players are 12-14-years-old, Clairemont Hilltoppers offers teenage divisions in the 13-14, 15-16 & 17-18 age groups in 2016.

• Reasonable costs. With many families facing challenging economic times, we have long made a commitment to make playing Little League affordable for everyone who wishes to play. Our registration fee for 2016 is just $68, easily the lowest of any youth sports league in town. We also ask participation in our fundraiser, selling 50 candy bars or making a $60 buyout. Plus, if you sell 75 candy bars, your registration fee is just $48! If you sell the candy, the fundraiser has a net cost to you of nothing, and you really can place your child in a full season of 20+ Little League games (plus all the associated fun and activities) for a net cost of just $48!

• Developing neighborhood and community relationships. With so many families living such busy lives, and sending kids to schools and activities in other parts of town, it's sometimes difficult to even get to know your neighbors. At Clairemont Hilltoppers, though, it's all about Clairemont. All of our players live within the community. We only advertise in our community. Most of our sponsors are in the community. We plan fundraisers within our community. The bonds that develop as kids and parents make friends in their neighborhood often last for a lifetime.

• Safety, training and education priorities. Little League has always been the leader in safety, and Clairemont Hilltoppers believes in that model. All of our managers and coaches are taught to make the safety of our children the number one concern. From our leaguewide ASAP Safety Plan, to mandatory background checks for every league volunteer, to continuing training programs for our coaches and umpires, our league will never take shortcuts on keeping our players out of harm's way. Our coaches and umpires are given rules and skills training on a regular basis, and our annual Parent Orientation is designed to make all parents part of the solution, rather than the problem, for our program.

• The Little League World Series. Certainly no event in youth sports is more recognized around the world. Each year, ABC and ESPN televise over 70 games in the various Little League All-Star tournaments. Not only is this an exciting summer tradition, but it gives Little League exposure to kids in every part of the country and in dozens of countries around the world. In addition to the World Series for the 11-12-year-old division in Williamsport, championship games in all of the teenage and softball divisions are also televised. Excitement has been high in Southern California recently, as two recent United States Champions (Park View Little League and Eastlake Little League) have come from our area. Every year, Clairemont Hilltoppers places teams in the All-Star tournaments. You can't get to the Little League World Series unless you sign up for Little League! 

 • Great fun activities for our parents. We strive very hard to bring fun beyond just the practices and games... and some of it is for the adults. Every year we have a great fundraiser dinner at the Skybox restaurant at Clairemont Square, an adult coed softball tournament, a poker tournament, Little League Day at a Padres game, and more. And, we're always looking for new ways to get together for some fun.

 We know that families have lots of choices when it comes to their kids' activities. If you choose to join us at Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League, please know that we will be doing everything we can to make that the best decision possible!