Napa Little League will re-name Volunteer Field in memory of Daryl Horn and his son, Joe Horn, at its Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday at Garfield Park. Napa Little League will dedicate Horn Field during a ceremony.
Daryl Horn and his youngest son, Joe, an eighth-grade student at Redwood Middle School, and two others died on Nov. 25, 2017 when the vehicle that they were in was involved in a hit-and-run crash in San Pablo. Daryl Horn’s brother-in-law, Troy Biddle, and Daryl’s nephew, Baden Biddle, from Bainbridge Island, Washington, were also killed in the five-vehicle crash, which occurred on Interstate 80 at the San Pablo Dam Road exit.
Daryl Horn was 50. His son, Joe, was 14. Troy Biddle was 52. His son, Baden Biddle, was 12.
“We want to honor both of them,” said Jason Brown, who along with Allison de Lormier, are the league’s co-presidents. “Daryl was the kind of guy that lit up a room. You would never hear anybody have anything negative to say about him. Joe was a great kid. He had a really bright future in front of him.”
Daryl Horn was a software sales executive who found time to coach and manage Napa Little League baseball teams and serve on the board for 13 years. He was a board member with the Napa Valley Baseball Club.
He also managed the 13-and-under Napa Valley Baseball Club team last year and was the manager of the Napa Niners, a traveling baseball team, that played in tournaments around the Bay Area from 2012-2016.
Joe Horn played seven years of Napa Little League, moving from rookie ball to the majors. He played for the 13U Napa Valley Baseball Club team last year.
Each of the teams will be introduced at Opening Day, with ceremonies starting at 9 a.m. Napa Little League offers major, minor “A” and “B,” and rookie divisions, for both boys and girls, with ages ranging from 5 to 12.
Napa Little League also has a Challenger Division, which is “Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges,” according to www.littleleague.org. “Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate. The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 4 to 18; or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school.”
There are 43 teams this year. Napa Little League has two separate charters – Napa National and Napa American – within District 53. Major Division teams each play 18 regular-season games, with minor “A” and “B” and rookie teams each playing 16 games.
“There have been a lot of preparations this year,” said Brown. “We’ve got a great group of people this year working together.
“We’re looking forward to it. Everybody is excited to get started and play ball. It will be another good year.”
Major Division games will kick off the season on Saturday.
Napa Little League will also honor first responders for their work during the wildfires in the area last fall. First responders will throw out ceremonial first pitches.
Napa Little League also plays at Redwood Middle School and McPherson Elementary School.
Max Alvarez has joined Napa Valley 1839 FC, a men’s team, which plays in the National Premier Soccer League. Alvarez, a Napa High School graduate who played soccer for the Indians and Sacramento State, scored a goal in last week’s Community Day, a scrimmage.
Alvarez has been training with Napa Valley 1839 FC for the last month and has been playing outside midfield, center midfield and striker.
He played last year for St. Louis FC, a United Soccer League team. His contract expired last October.
He also spent three seasons with Sacramento Republic FC, a USL team.
“It’s always great to be back home,” Alvarez said Wednesday.
Napa Valley 1839 FC played its inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League’s Golden Gate Conference last year. Napa Valley went 1-6-5.
The NPSL is a semi-pro league and is recognized as a fourth-tier league.
Napa Valley 1839 FC faces Monarcas Morelia of the Mexican Professional League in an international friendly on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. at Napa Memorial Stadium.
“It’s going to be a good test for us,” said Alvarez, 26.
Alvarez is also a coach for a new academy program with Napa United.