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Softball 2017 AAA Champions


Congratulations to Pinole Hercules Little League softball AAA team on winning the California District 4 Tournament of Champions.

Addison, Kaitlin, Frida, Eliana, Kalana, Yvette, Heaven, Iliana, Jennifer, Jasmine, and Kendall played an awesome extra inning game staying focus and determine with the encouragement and cheering from  large contingent of family, relatives, friends, and league supporters.

Manager Fatima and coaches Reyna and Steve led the team to three TOC wins over Martinez 10-6, Richmond 20-7, and the Friday, June 16 championship game defeating Walnut Creek/Continental 13-6.

The PHLL softball AAA team, Pit Bulls, arrived in Walnut Creek to an intense sun with temperature in the 90's. The team was confident and ready to play and scored two runs in their top of first inning. Both teams played strong and WC/Cont scored in the bottom third inning. The Pit Bulls responded with four runs in their top of fourth inning and regain the lead 6-5.  WC/Cont tied the game with a run in the bottom of 5th inning at 6-6. 

Both teams played the sixth inning with the championship on the line and everyone cheering with every pitch. Neither team scored and game was going to extra innings.

The Pitt Bulls rose to the challenge and scored seven runs in the seventh inning. Three outs away from the championship, the Pitt Bulls did not allow WC/Cont to score and completed its fifth shutout inning of the game pitched by Eliana, Jassy, and Illiana.

Congratulations and thank you to Fatima and Pit Bulls for a terrific softball season!

Pinole Hercules Little League

2017 Closing Ceremony


Thank you for coming out to celebrate the end of a fantastic 2017-baseball and softball season!  For those who do not yet know me, my name is Valerie Potts, and I am the President of the Pinole Hercules Little League Board of Directors.  I am excited to welcome you to our 2017 Closing Ceremonies!

This spring 2017 season Pinole Hercules Little League fielded 300 players on 23 teams with 90 volunteer managers and coaches that played a combined 333 regular season games.  That is a lot to coordinate, and the frequent spring rains did not help!  Thank you for your patience early in the season as Mother Nature gave us that frequent, but much needed, rain.

In addition, while the regular season is now over, we continue into the postseason, with Tournament of Champion and All-Star teams playing through June and into July.

This year we have begun some much-needed work on the fields.  We aerated, fertilized, and seeded all three outfields, and we have various repairs and improvements ready to be done in the coming months.

We continued to upgrade field equipment this year, including new hand field drags, batter’s box liners, and more.

A big thanks to all of the volunteers that help keep the League running, from our managers, coaches, team parents, scorekeepers, and safety officers, to our Snack Shack volunteers, our mowing team, Umpires and Junior Umpires, and the Board members who oversee it all.

We are a league built entirely of volunteers and need help from everyone to continue to make the league better and better year after year.

Speaking of which, the PHLL Board of Directors will be seeking members for the 2018 season in August.  If you are interested and can spare the time to help run the league, we would love to have you join us.

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, and thanks to all of our members for helping to make our Hit-a-thon fundraiser a great success this year.

Fall Ball signups will start in July, and Spring 2018 signups will start in October.

The earlier you sign up for spring the less it costs!  Save money and sign up early!

Thank you all for coming tonight to celebrate with us.  It is wonderful to have this opportunity to come together as a community.

Pinole Hercules Little League



The Pinole Hercules Little League 2017 FALL BALL season for Tee Ball, Softball, and Baseball will start after Labor Day.

Online registration information will be available later this summer.  Please check back for updates.

Little League 2017 Tournament of Champion (TOC) and International Tournament (All Star)


Following the end of regular season games are two Little League tournaments at the District 4 level; Tournament of Champions (TOC) and International Tournament (All Star). The International Tournament All Stars is the tournament that culminates with the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pennsylvania during August each year. Pinole Hercules Little League will be participating in both the TOC and All Star.


Pinole Hercules Little League will be hosting several TOC and All Star games at Ellerhorst fields.  Please join us and cheer on the teams from PHLL and District 4.

Saturday, June 10 @ 11 am - TOC Baseball

Monday, June 12 @ 5:30 pm – TOC Baseball

Tuesday, June 13 @5:30 pm – TOC Softball

Thursday, June 15 @ 5:30 pm – TOC Softball

Friday, June 16 @ 5:30 pm – TOC Softball

Friday, June 23 @ 5:30 pm – All Star Baseball

Tuesday, June 27 @ 5:30 pm – All Star Baseball

Thursday, June 29 @ 5:30 pm – All Star Baseball


 TOC teams are determined by records in final standings.

Team Cushing (Senior) and Fatima (Minor) will be participating in TOC Softball and Team Hernandez (Major), Team Grisso (AAA), and Lum (Minor AA) will be participating in TOC Baseball.

All Star players were announced at PHLL 2017 closing ceremony on Friday, June 9, 2017. Team Casillas (Baseball 9/10) and Team Pomicpic (Baseball 11/12) will be participating in the All Star tournament.



The Pinole Hercules Little League would like to thank all our sponsors for the 2017 Little League Season. 

Check out the Sponsor page!

Pinole Hercules Little League

2017 Championship Hit-a-Thon  $21,247 Raised


Thank You to all for your support and donations.

Congratulations to Camilla - Team Baldizan and Collin - Team Hernandez for winning tickets to Hit-A-Thon contest prizes.

Presidents Opening Day Message

Hello and thank you all for coming out on this beautiful spring-like Saturday morning!  It’s hard to believe the 2017 spring season is here already.

We have 23 teams this season, and they’re all ready to play ball starting Monday.

And the baseball gears will be in full swing come next Saturday as we have 22 teams from 7 different area leagues competing here at Ellerhorst, and several of our own teams traveling to games nearby.

A lot has been happening during the offseason.

The outfields were aerated, fertilized, and seeded, and the heavy rains have them looking better than they have in years.

We have fence and gate repairs pending now that the fields are drying out.

We’ve updated more field equipment for this season, not just here at Ellerhorst but at Collins and Pinole Valley Park as well, and we continue to update and upgrade facilities and equipment where needed.

The offseason was not as good for one of our PHLL families.  Ben Lauer, a AAA player last season and a player with us here for many years, was diagnosed with leukemia last summer.  He has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last 8 months, and as a result he’s been unable to even go to school, let alone play baseball.  But he’s hoping to play in the Fall to get back into form for his return next Spring.

We have several cards for him at the raffle table, and if you could stop by and sign one and send Ben a note letting him know that we’re thinking about him and his family, that would be wonderful.  I know he’d appreciate the support and knowing that we’re thinking of him today, and that we’re anxious for his return when he’s ready.

Some thank you’s this morning, we say it all the time, but PHLL is an entirely volunteer-run organization.

A big thank you to the:

·         managers

·         coaches

·         team parents

·         scorekeepers

·         and safety officers for our teams

Thank you to our volunteer umpires, and to the parents that just help out practices.

To our mowing team that keeps the fields ready for games.

And thank you to the parents that help fix the things that break:

·         the warped equipment container floor

·         the baseball field scorer’s table that was broken over the winter

·         dugout roofs

·         mowers, Gators, the list goes on and on.

But today is about having fun as the season begins! Our Hit-a-Thon will be happening on the tee ball field, with kids trying their best to hit the targets and get entered into the drawings for an Xbox, PS4, iPad, or TV.

The Hit-a-thon has been a resounding success this year, raising over $21,000 for the League. Thank you to all the donors!

Be sure to buy your raffle tickets to enter to win one of an incredible number of amazing prizes, including:

·         4 Disneyland one day hopper tickets valued at $650

·         4 Oakland A's tickets

·         a signed San Jose Sharks hockey puck

·         a limited-edition 49ers Hall of Fame football

·         and much more!

Stop by the booth to see the full list of prizes you can win.  All the prizes were donated, and all the raffle proceeds go to our league!

A special thank you to Anna Peterson for her work to get those prizes in addition to finding our team sponsors this year and once again running the Snack Shack.

We have many of our generous sponsors with us today, please stop by their booths to say thank you for supporting us.  We couldn’t run the league without their support!

Enjoy the carnival games, the bouncy houses, the face painting, the Hit-a-thon, the food, and let’s have a great 2017 season!

Valerie Potts - President, Pinole Hercules Little League Board



New Little League Bat Standards

Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.

Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.

Little League 2017 Tournament Rules & Guidelines

Fall Ball Registration


Contact Us

Mail:  Pinole Hercules Little League

P.O. Box 213

Pinole CA. 94564


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