|13U - Alabama Longhorns|
Three years ago the Alabama Longhorns were formed as an avenue to prepare young men for the competitive world of high school and college baseball. Sam Mitchell recruited a group of 10 year old boys and helped transform them into a baseball team of extraordinary young men. That next spring as 11 year olds their record was 73-11-2. They won 14 of the 17 tournaments they participated in and was crowned the Grand Slam World Series champions. As an 11U AAA team, they went to the ultra competitive Atlanta Super NIT and played in the major division. They finished 9th out of 24 teams. The next year at the Super NIT in Atlanta they finished 2nd to the Banditos Black. Along the way they triumphed over these Travelballsect.com top 25 teams: Georgia Bandits, Michigan Sports Academy Black and the Elite Red sox. They also finished 2nd in the Grand Slam World Series and won ten tournaments at this level of competition. This team made another run at the Super NIT in Atlanta this year. They finished 2nd and had to prevail over such teams as the Georgia Bandits, Atlanta Monarchs, and the M.S.A. Black. These young men play and compete against major teams that have players from all over the country. The Longhorns all live within 15 to 20 miles from each other. Their record against their age group is 159-30-2. Coach Mitchell is a caring, hard working coach who teaches these young men to play hard smart baseball. This year’s team consists of Chance Osborne OF, Zach Rovig OF/IN/P, Kyle Drury OF/P, Marc Skinner IN/P, Cody Sheedy IN/P, Dylan Tomlin C/OF, Nick Watford IN/OF, Jonathan (Roach) Mitchell IN, A.J. Allen P/OF, Jordan Lacey P/OF/I, Andy Jernigan OF/IN and Handley Boyd C/IN/P.
These players are well-rounded individuals who sincerely love the game of baseball. Some of this team has played together since the age of eight. They have all bonded and made friendships that will last a lifetime. They are all leaders in their community and schools. They have not only learned to be leaders on the baseball field, but also in other areas of their lives.
Next week they will compete at the Grand Slam World Series for the 3rd year. They have made the finials 2 years running, wining 1st place in 2006 and finishing 2nd the next year.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 08:50|