A couple of recent happenings deserve a mention.
La Mirada’s baseball team won its ninth consecutive Suburban League
championship Tuesday. It is not surprising.
Coach Kim Brooks’ program consistently is among the most prepared of any
area program. Fundamentally sound, mentally as well as physically, year
after year is the key.
At season’s start, he always throws down the gauntlet by saying the
Matadores are the team to beat, and how tough the league will be, but
then his players win another league title and make it look easy in the
And as impressive as it is to win league, it merely is another page
in his play book that is built around winning a CIF championship. League
is nice, but his program always has the bigger picture in mind.
The program’s success creates built in pressure, but it appears the players thrive best under those conditions.
* * *
La Mirada coach Rich Trujillo’s softball program got a late start, but the
Matadores girls have been keeping pace with the guys the past seven seasons.
This year, it was Suburban League championship No. 7 in a row. It’s not nine, but seven ain’t too shabby.
Trujillo’s philosophy is simple: Fundamentals and little ball, with some long ball
mixed in whenever available, and it has been like clockwork. Steady,
productive, successful, dependable.
Congrats definitely are in order for both programs.