Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad , and wants to learn how to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Benny Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's part of the local baseball team. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snotty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast , and the kids inevitably must deal with him. David Durango, Mac McKing, Saul , his deaf brother Sammy "Fingers", Tarquell, Scotty's younger brother Johnnie Smalls, and a surprise for The Sandlot 2, a girl in the group Hayley Goodfarier. When Johnnie mistakenly sends a model rocket over the junk fence in The Great Fear's yard, the gang must retrieve it. Even with the help of The Retriever a kid who steals dog tags and finds The Great Fear 's a challenge. Yes, complete with another psychotic name-calling scene with Mac and little league captain Singleton. And, of course, with James Earl Jones as Mr. Mertle. Tommy "Santa" Santorelli travels back in time to 1976 and relives his boyhood days on the sandlot baseball team, this time choosing friendship over glory and ultimately earning both.