Yearly Archives: 2011

New Orleans Banditos tryouts

New Orleans Banditos tryouts

The New Orleans Banditos are having tryouts for ages 6-13 years old. For info go to website neworleansbanditosbaseballclub.com. 1st tryout is January 7, 2012 in slidell, Louisiana. 

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SGV Hustle 7u looking for 2 pitchers

SGV Hustle 7u looking for 2 pitchers

Contact:  Moises Escobedo @ 626-392-1961 or e-mail Moe @ Hustle.sgv@gmail.com

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I don\'t know who to contact to reach the author of the AZ club ball preview. However, in your 10u category you offer insights into the Anthem Firebirds, while posting a photo of the former Phoenix FireBirds team (out of Ahwatukee) with the team data.  The photo doesn\'t go with the team obviously, as the Phoenix FireBirds have now rolled into the Ahwatukee Pirates, coached by your friend Mike Mettner.

 

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12u Grasshoppers now Dirtbags

12u Grasshoppers now Dirtbags

I understand the 12u Grasshoppers out of Greensboro NC has become the 12u Dirtbags.

 

It will be interesting to see the 2012 season with Seth Caddell ( 11u - \"1st\" All American Team ) leading the way!!!

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12U Team Florida looking like a Repeater

12U Team Florida looking like a Repeater

Last season, Team Florida did what few teams have done. They came into the Elite 32 World Series ranked as the #1 team in the nation by TbS – and they left that way. They went 9-0 in the grueling heat to take that title. Overall, that performance capped off an incredible 2011 season.

 

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Based on the way that they have been playing thus far in their 2012 fall season as 12 year olds, they would have to be a sure favorite to repeat that feat. Thus far, they have compiled an overall record record of 29-1-1 and have won every “in-age class” tournament that they have entered. Their key wins included repeating as Champions at the Triple Crown Fall Nationals in St. Augustine for the second year in a row. They have also won 5 of their 6 USSSA tournament appearances thus far during fall/winter season play. Below is a summary of their tournament wins.

 

Date

Tournament Wins

Wins

Loses

Ties

09/14/11

USSSA Piranaz Invitational

6

0

0

09/23/11

USSSA UFC III - NIT Powered By No Errors

3

0

0

10/21/11

Triple Crown St Augustine Fall Nationals

6

0

0

11/04/11

USSSA C FL Showdown V - War on I-4 NIT

4

0

0

11/18/11

USSSA Gulf Coast Championship

4

0

0

12/14/11

USSSA Potamkin-Hyudai Wood Bat

5

0

0

 

 Team Florida is returning 13 players from last year’s championship team including the TbS 2011 player of the year for 11U’s – Darius Diaz. In addition to Diaz, the team returns TbS All Americans; Gunnar Hoglund, Austin Mitchell, and Nate Cox.

 

In addition, they have added another outstanding player, Jakob Mattos, who came over after playing last season with the West Florida Young Guns. Included below is the latest roster list that we could find for the 12U 2012 edition of Team Florida.

 

 

#

Player Name

Position(s)

18

Julian Bosnic

Pitcher/1B/OF

22

Slade Cecconi

Pitcher/C/IF/OF

3

Bryce Ciaravino

2B/OF

30

Nathaniel Cox

Pitcher/OF

21

Darius Diaz

3B

12

Gunnar Hoglund

Pitcher/C/SS

14

Brandon Howlett

OF

5

Cavan Ingram

OF

4

Jordan Lala

Pitcher/SS/OF

11

Jakob Mattos*

 

10

Austin Mitchell

Pitcher/C/1B

88

Hueston Morrill

Catcher

16

Douglas Nikhazy

 

56

Beau Walters

LF

 

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11U Stingrays Going for 3 in a Row?

11U Stingrays Going for 3 in a Row?

After going three straight years with a dominate hold on the #1 spot among elite travel baseball teams, the Oakley Stingrays are compiling a dynasty. They are well aware that this year, many great teams across the USA are seeking to find their championship formulas . . . So, they head into their 2012 11U season with a solemn and determined view . . . They are "One"! . . . . With that, what else matters?

 

As this new season heads into the New Year, it’s back to business for the defending "Back-to-Back" National Champions - the 2012 edition of the 11u Oakley Stingrays. This team is coming off an incredible 10u season in which they repeated as USSSA's Elite 32 World Series Champions and also won the 10U NYBC "New Era" National Youth Baseball Championship held near Memphis Tennessee. Also, for the third straight year in a row, they finished ranked by TravelBallSelect.com as the #1 team in the nation within their age group. Lead by a long list of Southern California's best baseball players, this year’s team is focused on working hard to stay on top.

 

 

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They know that they are facing awesome challengers from several great teams from across the USA. To meet that challenge, the Stingrays roster is loaded once again with returning Champions; Jonathan Fuentes, Christopher Campos, Javi Espinoza, Sebass Orduno, Tony Galindo, Anthony Rivera, Raider Tello, Davis Heller, Moi Guzman, Aren Alvarez, and Eric Volpi. In addition, the Stingrays have added two outstanding players; Basilio Pacheco (ace pitcher - formerly of Nomads Elite) along with Justin Lucas (formerly of the I.E. Elite).

 

The Stingrays are off to a great start in 2012 as they recently finished 2nd in the 12u Division of the Oakley Stingrays "Toys 4 Tots" tournament which they hosted. In this event, they raised over 1000 toys for the boys and girls in Norwalk California. The Stingrays have played 4 tournaments thus far in this new 2012 season.  Three of these were in the 12u division wherein they won 1 championship and also finished second the other two tournaments. In addition, they finished 2nd in the 11u So Cal USSSA Thanks Giving Super NIT.

 

This years slogan for the Stingrays is "ONE" – that means “One team, One Goal, One family, One Mission and win as "ONE", lose as "ONE", work hard as "ONE"  Get it done as "ONE". Coaches Larry Patino, Rudy Casillas, Robert Campos and Rudy Garcia look to lead these boys into the important years as they get closer to high school. The Stingrays will be playing in Arizona at USSSA's Spring Championships coming up during March 22-24 2012. They will also be returning to Florida for the USSSA Elite 32 World Series to defend their 2011 Championship Title.

 

 

Meet The Stingrays – listed in order of their uniform numbers:

 

 

01-RaiderTello#1 Raider Tello 3B/SS/2B

Raider (pictured left) is one of the Stingrays team leaders; he is a very competitive, big time gamer who always shows up when the game is on the line. Raider is looking to have another strong year at 3rd base and leading the Rays back to victory circles.

 

#4 Christopher Campos SS/P

04-ChristopherCamposChris is one of the best athletes on the team. "CC" as known to his teammates is leading the Rays by example through his hard work and dedication to "Winning". He is an all around gamer who starts at shortstop. He bats lead-off and is a great pitcher who throws 5 different pitches for strikes.  

 

#7 Justin Lucas P/C/OF

07-JustinLucasJustin is a big addition with a big bat who can flat out swing the stick, he pitches,catches and plays anywhere on the field and is a great addition to the Stingrays team. Look for Lucas to be one of the Nations best in years to come.

 

#10 Basilio Pacheco P/OF

16-BasilioPachecoThe West Coast best "lefty" has joined the Rays pitching staff on a mission to be the best all around player. Basilio "Basi" has been working hard on his hitting and pitching and has been crushing the ball. He looks to be a impact player for the Stingrays in 2012.

 

#12 Javi Espinoza 2B/P

12-LuisJavierEspinoza2nd baseman Javi Espinoza is a scrappy player with a great glove. He has great bat speed and hit for power and average he is one of the Stingrays best runners. Javi loves the game of baseball and leads with his hustle on the field.

 

 

 

#15 Tony Galindo P/1B

15-TonyGalindoThe Elite 32 World Series "Offensive MVP" Tony Galindo is the power in the Rays line-up. Tony is off to a solid 11u season smashing the ball and pitching really well as "the closer" of this awesome Stingrays pitching staff. Look for another season of Bombs from Galindo and catch him throwing GAS on the mound.

 

 

 

 

#17 Eric Volpi  P/1B

17-EricVolpiThe Stingrays "East Coast" connection Eric Volpi has been working hard on his hitting as it showed in the Thanks Giving Super NIT in California when he batted .750. Eric is a top level pitcher and looks to have a big roll this year in his first full season with the Oakley Stingrays.Eric will have the most frequent flyer miles this season as he will be making the trip from New York to California many times.

 

#18 Sebastain Orduno CF/P

18-SebastianOrduno"Sea Bass" was the TbS 10u "National Player of the year" comes off an amazing season as he hit the cover off the ball all summer long in Florida and Tennessee that helped the Rays win "The Ring". Sebass will spend a lot more time this year on the mound as he is a dominating lefty pitcher. He throws hard and has some very nasty off speed stuff.  When he is not on the mound, look for him to be roaming in centerfield as he is combines speed with a great hands and a strong arm.

 

#20 Anthony Rivera P/1B

20-AnthonyRiveraAnthony "Meeklo" Rivera is the ace of this great pitching staff. He has the most "big game" mound time over the past 2 years and a leader on and off the field. He was on the mound in the NYBC Championship game in Tennessee and pitched great. Anthony is working hard on his hitting and looks to have a great year as the Rays 1st baseman.

 

#24 Jonathan Fuentes P/3B/OF

24-JonathanFuentesJonathan "J-FU" Fuentes the Back-2-Back Elite 32 "MVP" is returning bigger and stronger this year. After taking the 10u season off from pitching much last year Fuentes has been dominating on the bump this season vs 12u teams. Look for J-Fu to take his game to the next level this year and lead the Stingrays on another Championship run.

 

#26 Davis Heller P/OF

25-DavisHellerDavis Heller is a very impressive young man with many leadship skills. He is the ultimate team mate who pushes himself and fellow Stingrays to be the best. Davis was the winning pitcher in the Championship game at the Elite 32 and in the semi finals at the NYBC. Davis has a big future in the game of baseball and focused to be one of the best pitchers in the country.

 

#31 Moi Guzman C/OF

Moi Guzman is a fast scrappy player on the Stingrays who has "Big Boy" pop in his bat. Moi is a hard worker and compete's on every pitch. He drove in the winning runs at the NYBC Championship game this past summer. Moi is a gamer and will be ready for another great year.

 

#33 Aren Alvarez P/C/OF

33-ArenAlvarezAren is a all around baseball player who works hard and is a great player to coach as he is always hustling. Aren is coming off a broken hand and looks to be back on the field in January 2012 and contribute at all positions for the Rays. Aren will be another of the Stingrays Elite pitchers.

 

#57 Chase Adkison - C

57-ChaseAdkisonChase is simple an outstanding player.  He is a player/coach type of kid who has remarkable baseball smarts. He knows the game inside out. Chase is known as one of the best- if not the best catcher in the country. He shuts down other teams running game and drives the ball all over the field. Chase has taken some time away from the game and will return in 2012.

 

 

As the Stingrays move into the base of their 2012 schedule, they will be playing in a number of 12U tournaments as they continue to push themselves to get better and get ready for the tough competition down the stretch of the summer.

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11U Team to Watch – SY Titans

11U Team to Watch – SY Titans

As part of our ongoing feature series that spotlights the top teams that are emerging in 2012, we look at another team from the Pacific/Western region – The SY Titans. This team is from Santa Ynez, California – a city located in the beautiful valleys just about a half hour north of Santa Barbara. They have played excellent baseball throughout this fall season having compiled a 14-3-1 record as an 11U team. Along the way, they won the So Cal Super NIT beating #1 ranked Oakley Stingrays in the finals. Observers say that game turned on an amazing, diving catch by Titans centerfielder, Hunter Bryan. He robbed Stingrays’ All American power hitter, Tony Galindo, of a sure double that would have put the Stingrays tying run in scoring position.

 

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This SY Titans team was started 3 years ago when the boys were 8 years old. While the team has had its struggles, it has acquired a reputation of being a tough and scrappy group that continues to improve each year. They are coached by Andy Knightley and assisted by Vic Welker and Chad Benson. They are managed by David Lawrence, who built a beautiful home stadium for this team. Their stadium is situated near his strawberry farms and in the middle of his backyard. It can be seen on their website (www.SYTitans.com). They are always looking for teams to come play double headers. 

 

The team has steadily improved over each of their past three seasons. Last year as 10U’s, they finished 3rd at Cooperstown - losing to the Beaver Valley Red in Semi Finals. They won at Triple Crown’s Fall Finish, Simi Valley Memorial Day, USSSA Summer Slam II. They participated in numerous Super NIT’s and Triple Crown events.  Playing against tough competition has always been part of Coach Knightley’s and David Lawrence’s plan to continuously develop these boys into outstanding young athletes and equip them with the fundamentals necessary to become the best players possible.

 

This year’s Titans have attracted quite a few new players from all over Central California. Many of the kids play on other local teams, but the Titans are always their priority when a big tournament is scheduled.  They now feel confident that this year’s Titans team can compete against the best teams in the state and the country. The proof is their Super NIT win over the Nomads Elite, Rawlings Pico Elite, Wolverines, and the #1 ranked Oakley Stingrays. The Titan’s 2012 Roster is shown below.

 

#

Name

Position(s)

Bats

Throws

Age

17

Cooper Benson

P·C·1B

L

L

11

4

Hunter Bryan

SS·P·OF

R

R

11

25

Ethan Cloyd

SS·P·C

R

R

11

21

Isaac Coffey

P·1B·OF

R

R

11

7

Frank Gamberdella

C·OF·UT

S

R

11

27

Gavin Haimovitz

OF·P·UT

R

R

11

15

Cole Knightley

OF·P·UT

R

R

10

2

Brandon Lawrence

SS·OF·P

R

R

11

22

Brooks Lee

C·OF·UT

S

R

10

8

Conagher Sands

P·1B·OF

R

R

11

5

Kaden Sheedy

C·1B·OF

R

R

11

16

Isaac Thomas

OF·P·UT

R

R

11

10

Travis Welker

2B·UT·P

R

R

11

 

The Titans began the season with the goal of making it to the Elite 32’s in Florida. Therefore, they are scheduled to compete in numerous Super NIT events. The first such event was the So Cal Thanksgiving Super NIT where they accomplished the first part of their goal by winning their berth to Disney Florida.  In addition, they will be playing in the So Cal MLK Super NIT coming up during January 14-16, as well as, the Nor Cal President’s Day Super NIT in February. In addition, they will either compete in the Arizona Triple Crown Spring Championships or the USSSA Spring Super NIT coming up in March.  After that, look for them at the April Nor Cal Super NIT and the May So Cal Super NIT.  In addition, they expect to compete in a 12U Spring League sanctioned by AABC wherein the winner will qualify for the AABC Regional Events.  Their goal is to have at least 20 league games and still plan on playing in as many USSSA and Triple Crown events as possible.  In addition to the Elite 32, they have also already qualified for the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat.

 

All together, these Titans will be taking on a very rigorous schedule as their 2012 season unfolds. They anticipate playing in approximately 80-90 games this year where they will be playing in mostly 11U major tournaments and also in 12U local league division action. Clearly, they are off to a very solid start. If they can stay on this pace, look for this team to be consistently counted among the top ranks of teams in 2012.

 

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11U Player to Watch – Diego Barrera

11U Player to Watch – Diego Barrera

So Cal United ace pitcher, Diego Barrea, took the Fall off to play football.  He is now preparing to return this spring as the United looks to build on a solid year.

 

As we continue to look at some of the outstanding 11 year old players to watch in 2012, we once again turn to the talent rich area of Southern California. Diego Barrera was a 2011 TBS All America selection. He is one of the talented players from So Cal United. He lives in Chino Hills, California area located just east of Los 11P2W-DiegoBarrera-C1WAngeles.  This young athlete has been playing travel baseball since the age of seven. He is known among his coaches as the calm and confident kid who loves the challenge of taking the mound in the big and tough games.

 

During the fall, Diego took a break from baseball to play football where he’s a quarterback and safety.  Off the field, he enjoys spending time with his family.  His uncle, Cesar Barrera, won a California High School State Championship with major leaguer Mike Sweeney and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins.  Additionally, he looks up to his older sister who’s an accomplished softball player and has played in three ASA National Championships.

 

Last year, Diego played outfield and pitched for So Cal United.  The lefty pitcher finished the season with a 2.62 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and averaged 1.34 strikeouts per inning.  He throws four pitches: two-seam fastball, cut fastball, circle change, and 11P2W-DiegoBarrera-P1Wspike curve.  Off the mound, he finished the season as So Cal United’s leadoff hitter and posted a .425 batting average.

 

Diego loves his So Cal United teammates and coaches.  Most of the team lives within the city of Chino Hills, attend the same schools, and are growing up playing together in Chino Hills Pony and eventually will play together in high school.  After a year apart during the 9U season, the team came together to form So Cal United with the goal of establishing itself as one of the best teams in the nation.  The coaching staff planned out a tough schedule and last season, the United was able to post some big victories against elite competition.

 

When Diego is not playing baseball, he is also an excellent student. His favorite subject is math.  Diego’s goals in life are; to play baseball at Arizona State, get an engineering degree, and play in the major leagues.  He’s a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan and his favorite players are Clayton Kershaw and Andre Either. Thus, far, the way this young athlete is developing, all of these goals are within his grasp.

 

He is clearly a player to watch in 2012.

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A Christmas Gift from TbS

A Christmas Gift from TbS

Press Release – December 23, 2011

TBS-NatlChamp 2012BBBTravelballSelect.com ™ (TbS) is a proud affiliate of Top Prospects ™

 

TbS, the source for Team Rankings and All America Players, announces the creation of the first Travelball ™ National Championship Tournament.

 

For many years TravelballSelect.com subscribers have asked TbS to host a Championship Tournament of the Elite Travel Baseball Teams as determined by TbS rankings.

 

The request was to invite the best Travelball ™ teams
• From each age group (9U-14U)
• To meet at the end of the season but not at the end of the summer (July)
• Inclusive of all sanctioning body organizations (USSSA, AAU, Triple Crown,...)
• Exclusive of Park Leagues
• Required to field team with existing players (no adds)
• Played at a championship complex with quality umpires
• Where every game matters and schedules are fair (double elimination)
• Have more games in fewer days (6 to 10 games over 4 days).

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY………… TELEVISE THE GAMES WITH PROFESSIONAL ANNOUNCERS USING CONTENT COLLECTED FROM THE LEADING MEDIA COMPANIES LIKE TRAVELBALLSELECT.COM.

 

Rick Goff, an experienced Tournament Director and Travelball ™ leader for 10 years, says “the beauty of this tournament is that it incorporates the best ideas from all national tournaments, it’s non-denominational from a travelball ™ standpoint, it’s truly an invitation only tournament based on body of work throughout the past and current season, and it leverages TbS rankings to select the top teams”.

 

Top teams from East Cobb Baseball out of Georgia, Houston Banditos, San Diego Stars, Lamorinda Baseball from SoCal and NorCal respectively will be supporting the event to represent the south, southwest and west. Likewise, Beaver Valley Red founder, Brian Smith, and Cincy Flames will send their top teams from the North. These organizations and others have committed to send teams when invited. And the list goes on as to the Organizations, Programs and Teams battling throughout the season for one of 16 invitations presented from January to April.

 

This year’s Championship Tournament will be held at one of the most well known parks in America, the East Cobb Baseball Complex in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Set your calendars for these dates to see who will be crowned - National Champions!

 

9u/10u: June 25 - June 29
11u/12u: July 7 - July 11
13u/14u: July 27 – July 31

 

TravelballSelect.com will be there, will you?!

Contact info@TravelballSelect.com for more information.

 

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11U Player to Watch – Davis Heller

11U Player to Watch – Davis Heller

"Hard Work and Team Play" are two intangibles that this All America pitcher for the Oakley Stingrays embraces.

 

By Ernie Rapiere

 

We open our 11U series on this year’s top players with a quick look at one of the outstanding pitchers that was named to TravelBallSelect’s 11U12-CAS-DavisHeller-C22011 All America honor role. This young athlete is Davis Heller. He is one of the many outstanding players on the #1 ranked Oakley Stingrays. Davis was one of the featured pitchers who helped lead the 2011 Stingrays to their second consecutive title at the Elite 32 World Series, along with winning the 2011 NYBC National Championship.  With these two huge titles, the Stingrays capped off their season ranked as the TBS #1 team in the nation – an honor this team has held 3 straight years since they were 9 year olds.

 

Davis lives near Escondido California - just north of San Diego. He is in the 5th grade and already stands at 5'6" and weighs 115 pounds. His doctors say that he could grow to top out at 6'10" - so he may well have a future in several sports. He comes from an excellent family tradition of athleticism. His father played Division 1 baseball and his mother played Division 1 volleyball - both at the University of Pacific.

 

At this young age, Davis plays multiple sports. He was the quarterback and defensive End on his Pop Warner team. But, while most kids of his skills have typically started playing travel baseball as early as 7 years, he is relatively new to the travel baseball circuits.

 

Thus far, he is primarily a pitcher, but also plays outfield. Davis joined the San Diego Show 10U in the fall of 2010 before moving to the Oakley Stingrays in April of 2011. He has only been pitching for less than 2 years.

 

A few examples of his accomplishments include; pitching his team past 6 teams that were ranked among TravelBallSelect’s Top 25 teams. One of these teams happened to be the top ranked Oakley Stingrays. While still a member of the San Deigo Show, he faced them in the finals of the Thanksgiving Super NIT. Not long after that game, the Show dissolved play for the season and his performance paved a path for him to join the Stingrays.

 

11U12-CAS-DavisHeller-P4He worked hard to prove himself as a Stingray. As the season moved into its highpoints, Davis had become a key part of their pitching rotation. He started the semi-finals of the Elite 32 taking the mound against the Motor City Hit Dogs (MI). He returned to the mound in the finals when the Stingrays faced the (AABA World Series Champions and Top 5 ranked) Georgia Yard Dogs for the Elite 32 title. For that day, he pitched 6 innings, striking out 9, walked only 1 batter – and most important - gave up 0 earned runs.   He also pitched the semifinals at the NYBC and led his team past the Houston Banditos along their path to winning the NYBC National Championship.

 

Davis’ coaches describe him as a very hard worker and a very good team player. He knows that everything in life is earned and playing time is not a given. During the first tournament that he ever played in travel baseball, he did not play a single inning - as he was a new player. But, where most kids would have quit, this only motivated him to work harder. As a result, he has come a long way. He attributes 11U12-CAS-DavisHeller-H2this progress to the outstanding coaching that he has received; starting with San Diego Show coach, Ramon Orozco and extending to Oakley Stingrays coaches; Larry Patino and Rudy Casillas.   In addition, he has also worked very hard on his hitting with the help of a family friend, former Major Leaguer Tom Brunansky.

 

His favorite baseball teams are the Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers. He also loves to watch Justin Verlander pitch.

 

As the 2012 edition of the Oakley Stingrays take the field, they will feature many outstanding young athletes. Prominent among them will be Davis Heller.

 

This young pitcher is clearly a top player to watch in 2012.

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