The 45th annual Larry Lake High School Senior Baseball All-Star Game presented by the Lancaster West Rotary Club will be held at Antelope Valley College at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
This year’s teams consist of players from Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, Quartz Hill, Paraclete, Rosamond, Boron, Highland, Eastside, Knight and Kern Valley high schools.
The Blue team will be coached by Quartz Hill coaches Aaron Kavanagh and JB Johnson and Lancaster coach Bobby Brockbank.
Quartz Hill has nine players on the Blue team roster: Austin Gates, Jeovanni Delgado, Nathan Hernandez, Zack Johnson, Noah Manzano, Mike Marshall, Isaac Moreno, Daniel Quintero and Ryan Sanders.
Joining the Quartz Hill players are: Antelope Valley’s Andrew Moore, Jesse Rodriguez and Blake Van Dam; Lancaster’s Nathan Brockbank, Jonathan Espana, Dylan Halberstadt and Danial Moreno; Littlerock’s Kade Gardner, Nick Mavrolas and Spencer Namanny; and Palmdale’s Andrew Flores and George Mercado.
The Gold team will be coached by Eastside’s Chris Paxton and Rosamond’s Leonard Grimes and Jared Lewis.
The Gold team roster includes: Paraclete’s Andrew Arciga, Joey Estes, Coby Roberts and Bryce Wygant; Rosamond’s Adrian Garcia, Tyler Gibson, Moises Gonzalez and Abraham Grimes; Highland’s Damon Acosta, Carson Booterbaugh, Jakob Perugini and Brandon Wilson; Eastside’s Isaac Ortega and AJ Velasquez; Boron’s Robbie Robson; Knight’s Sergio Esqueda, Demetrius Freeman, Julian Herrera and Eduardo Morales; and Kern Valley’s Nick Thomas and Tanner Tito.
Larry Lake (1930-1997) played baseball for Antelope Valley High School and Antelope Valley College. Lake played in the minor leagues, spending the spring of 1950 as an infielder for the Washington Senators.
During the next 15 years, he bowled professionally and played fastpitch softball locally with the Petro-Lock squad.
In 1975, while coaching baseball at AVC, Lake had the idea of developing a high school senior all-star game to recruit players for the AVC team. The game now services as an opportunity for our local players to be scouted by colleges, minor teams and professional teams.
In 1979, Lake, with the help of friend and Rotarian the Honorable Richard Spann, convinced Lancaster West Rotary to take over sponsorship of the All-Star Game. It was renamed in Lake’s honor after he passed away in 1997. Lake was honored with membership in the JetHawks Hall of Fame in 2006.