It's a lineup Robert Della Grotta never would've wanted to face as a pitcher.
On the Newport Beach Bat Rays under-12 club baseball team Della Grotta manages, there is no lock of explosiveness.
The Bat Rays sting the ball. Period. Especially for a team of 12-year-olds.
"My starting lineup for Cooperstown that I'm going to bring out, one through 10 can all hit the ball over the fence," Della Grotta said. "That's a good option to have as a coach, that every guy in your lineup can hit the ball 250 feet-plus. And some guys can hit it 300-plus."
The squad, composed primarily of players from Newport Beach Little League and Newport Harbor Baseball Assn., is ready to unleash its power on teams from all over the country. Next week the Bat Rays will travel to the Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y., to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament from Aug. 20-26.