Playing on the major stage

With Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda standing in the foreground, Malibu High student Stephen Williams catches for a Los Angeles-area high school all-star team in front of Major League Baseball scouts.

Stephen Williams, a senior at Malibu High, was one of 93 high school and college players from California and Arizona selected to play in front of Major League Baseball scouts at Dodger Stadium this past weekend in the 2007 Lasorda Elite Games.

The showcase is named for Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who was there to watch and offer advice. The schedule included workouts on Friday and games on Saturday and Sunday.

Williams shared catching duties with Jeremy Rodriguez of Crespi High and Jett Bandy of Thousand Oaks High on the team made up of players from the greater Los Angeles area and coached by Dodger scout and former big league pitcher Chuck Crim. After working the bullpen during Saturday’s 9-1 loss, Williams started for Team Crim on Sunday. He walked three times, grounded out once, and scored two runs in a 15-5 victory.

Williams, who carries a 4.0 grade point average at Malibu High, is hoping to be recruited to play baseball at a university that combines outstanding academics with a quality baseball program.