David Mickey Evans' follow-up to his coming-of-age baseball picture THE SANDLOT (1993) is more accurately a retread, since it tells virtually the same story with a different bunch of youngsters. But Evans successfully infuses new life into the familiar story of misfit youngsters banding together in the face of adversity, and this seamless sequel could make anyone yearn to relive the hazy summer days of childhood. The connecting link is Johnnie Smalls (James Willson), younger brother of the first film's Scottie Smalls; he delivers the backstory and narrates from the perspective of adulthood (Evans supplies the voice) a la TV's The Wonder Years
. Johnnie offers a...