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The San Francisco Giants Scout Team has added some prestigious hardware to their trophy case for the second year in a row! On Sunday, at Grand Park, the upperclass SF Giants Scout Team held off the Cangelosi Sparks (Lockport, IL) 4-3, to claim the 2017 PBR Fall Championships trophy.  This marks their second major championship in as many years, after winning the Perfect Game 2016 WWBA Underclass World Championships in Ft. Myers, Florida last fall.

The San Francisco Giants Upperclass Scout Team Celebrates Their 2017 PBR Fall Championship

The SF Giants scout team is sprinkled with local talent, including seven RoundTripper athletes, along with some of the best ball players from Ohio and Kentucky.  RoundTripper athletes Cade Carlson (University HS, IN), Jack Capobianco (North Laurel HS, KY), Garrett Hill (University HS, IN), Ethan McDaniel (Franklin Central HS, IN), Will Richman (Brebeuf HS, IN), Zyon Avery (Ben Davis HS, IN), and Jackson Mitchell (Plainfield HS, IN) compose a portion of the 27 man roster (listed below).

 

Player’s Name

High School

Cade Carlson University HS, IN
Jack Capobianco North Laurel HS, KY
Gabe Bierman Jeffersonville HS, IN
Drew Rom Highlands HS, KY
Grant Johnston Hamilton Southeastern HS, IN
Colten Panaranto Roncalli HS, IN
Bryce Johnson Lakota West HS, OH
Casey Maniglia Solon HS, OH
AJ Fritz Lebanon HS, OH
Garrett Hill University HS, IN
Nate Kappers St. Xavier HS, OH
Gage Hughes Greenup County HS, KY
Cole Ayers West Clermont HS, OH
Keegan Fish Lakota West HS, OH
Ethan McDaniel Franklin Central HS, IN
Caleb Rush Mt. Vernon HS, IN
Will Richman Brebeuf Jesuit HS, IN
Zyon Avery Ben Davis HS, IN
Owen Evans Zionsville HS, IN
Jacob Daftari Hamilton Southeastern HS, IN
Jackson Mitchell Plainfield HS, IN
Kyle Music West Clermont HS, OH
Will Pfennig Mason HS, OH
Nick Hoffman Centerville HS, OH
Ethan McCarty Edgewood HS, OH
AJ Petersen Lakota West HS, OH
Cameron Swanger Archbishop Moeller HS, OH

 

San Francisco Giants Scout Team Head Coach and area SF Giants scout, Kevin Christman, is excited about how his team has played so far and is anticipating that their success will carry over through the rest of the fall.  “Our upper class team is a special group.  They really embrace the team concept and they have the arrow moving in the right direction,” Christman said.

The 2016 SF Giants Underclass Team are Defending Champions at the Perfect Game WWBA World Championships

The SF Giants Scout Team not only fields an upper class team, but has carried an underclass team this fall as well. Composed of players almost strictly from Indiana, with a majority being local RoundTripper products, the underclass team has enjoyed their own successes this fall.  “Both of our Giants Scout Teams have played very well and are eagerly preparing for our upcoming games,” said coach Christman.

Both Giants Scout Teams will travel to Ft. Myers, Florida later this fall to participate in the 2017 WWBA World Championships, where the upperclass team is defending champions.

Undeclass Team

2017 San Francisco Giants Underclass Scout Team

Coached by RoundTripper Sports Academy owner, Chris Estep, the underclass team will look to continue the success the now upperclass team had at the tournament in 2016. “We want to go down [to Florida] and build on the success that the upperclass team had last year.  We have a great group of guys, who we think can do some damage and win some games,” said Coach Estep.  He continued “Last year was a great experience for the upperclass guys.  We want to put our team in position to have that same success this year.”

 

The underclass roster is listed below.

Player’s Name

High School

Cooper Miles Noblesville HS, IN
Dawson Estep University HS, IN
Alec Rees Noblesville HS, IN
Bradley McDowell Greenfield HS, IN
Jake Stadler Mt. Vernon HS, IN
Brevan Rivers Wapahani HS, IN
Adam Hutchison Greenfield Central HS, IN
Jack Firestone Zionsville HS, IN
Sam Tackett Plainfield HS, IN
Reese Sharp Noblesville HS, IN
Payton Schofield Cathedral HS, IN
Mitchell Ayers Bishop Chatard HS, IN
Conner Vanosdol Noblesville HS, IN
Bryce Ginder Carroll HS, IN
DJ Owens Noblesville HS, IN
Brock Moore University HS, IN
Max Engelking Guerin HS, IN
Blayne Robinson Defiance HS, OH
Derick Haslett Cathedral HS, IN
Grant Hickman New Palestine HS, IN
Grant Trinkle Columbus North HS, IN
Jack Helman Westfield HS, IN
Mac Ayres Scecina Memorial HS, IN

 

**You can follow the San Francisco Giants Scout Team on Twitter at @SFGteam2017!  Also stay up to date each weekend via GameChanger!**

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14u Mustangs Red Win 2017 14U Mustangs Classic

This past weekend, RoundTripper Sports Academy hosted the 14u Mustangs Classic. The Classic featured pool play amongst six teams, with a single elimination tournament on Sunday. Pool 1 of the Classic included the Indiana Mustangs Red, Indy Monarchs, and Lafayette Squires, while the second pool featured the Indy Groove, Indiana Mustangs Blue, and Indiana Raiders.

Pool Play began Friday at 11:00 a.m. as the Indiana Mustangs Red got off to a hot start against the Lafayette Squires, winning 6-1.  In the second game of the Classic, the Indiana Mustangs continued their hot hitting with a win over the Indy Monarchs 10-7. The next matchup featured the Indy Groove against the Indiana Mustangs Blue. In yet another high scoring game, the Groove won 9-8.  The final game of the day took place between the Indiana Mustangs Blue and Indiana Raiders. The Indiana Mustangs Blue were able to bounce back after a loss and went on to 7-4 victory.

Saturday’s first game turned in to a pitcher’s duel as the Indy Monarchs were able to get their first win with a 1-0 victory over the Indiana Mustangs Blue. In the second game of the day, the Indy Monarchs offense exploded for a 14-3 victory over the Lafayette Squires.

The third matchup of the day highlighted the Lafayette Squires and the Indiana Raiders. The Raiders were able to get their first win by a score of 5-1. The final two games of pool play were a 1 run win by the Indy Groove over the Raiders, and a 15-0 win by the Indiana Mustangs against the Groove

Early tournament action took place Sunday as the #4 Indiana Mustangs Blue defeated the #5 Indiana Raiders and the #3 Indy Groove beat the #6 Squires to advance to the semifinal round. In semifinal action the #1 Indiana Mustangs handled their counterparts, the Indiana Mustangs Blue, to advance to the championship game.  On the other side of the bracket, the Indy Monarchs defeated the Indy Groove by a score of 13-8; sending them to the title game.

In the Championship matchup, both teams played well early on as it was tied through the first few innings. The Indiana Mustangs bats caught fire in the later innings to help propel them to an undefeated tournament and a 12-4 win in the championship.14u Red Mustangs

Alex Cohn, assistant coach of the Mustangs (Red), said the key to his team’s successful weekend was the “hot bats” that the entire team had all weekend. He said, “Once one player hit the ball, it helped generate momentum for the rest of the team.” Cohn was also very pleased with the field conditions and how the staff kept it watered throughout the weekend.

Although the heat at times did reach the upper 80’s, RoundTripper was able to provide an optimal playing surface for the weekend games. Mark Galyean said, “The communication was great throughout the weekend and RoundTripper kept the fields well prepared at all times.” He also stated, “The Classic was a great event overall.” RoundTripper had a successful weekend and is ready for games throughout the summer months.

Former RoundTripper Athlete Called Up To Big Leagues

Former RoundTripper student and Indiana Mustang, Radley Haddad, has been called up to the New York Yankees big league club!  The 27 year old catcher from Carmel will be filling the role as bullpen catcher after spending time in the Yankees minor league system for the past 4 years!  Radley HaddadHaddad signed as a free agent with the Yankees in June of 2013 and has spent time with The State Island Yankees, Tampa Yankees, GCL Yankees, Charleston RiverDogs, and Trenton Thunder.

Haddad began training at RoundTripper at the age of 9 and continued to do so through his high school baseball career at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.  He also became a member of the Mustangs his 8th grade year and continued his travel ball career as a Mustang until he graduated from high school.  Upon graduation, Haddad continued his playing career at Western Carolina University.  After two seasons there, he made the decision to transfer to Butler University.  After a red shirt year with the Bulldogs, Haddad played his last two collegiate seasons with Butler.  He was then signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and began his journey through the minor leagues.

Transitioning from college to the minor league was not exactly easy being that he was a free agent. Radley described this experience by stating, “The beginning was a constant uphill battle since most of the attention goes to the draft picks.” Even though it was not always easy to get the attention, he said, “I enjoyed getting the opportunity to play with so many different players.” He even had the privilege to catch for multiple pitchers that are now taking the mound in the big leagues. Radley discussed his friends on opposing teams and said, “Catching up with guys I used to play with at the water jugs before games is always fun, but when game time comes, it gets more competitive.”

RDWhile playing in the minor league was an enjoyable experience, Haddad says, “Nothing beats the atmosphere of the pros.” So far, the highlight of his career was opening day at Yankee Stadium this season. He said, “My dad and brother surprised me by showing up to the game and my name was announced in front of a sold-out crowd.” Another defining moment he described this year came on May 14th. “I got to be on the field during the Derek Jeter jersey retirement ceremony which I was super thrilled to be a part of.” He said, “It was hard to give up the playing time, but this opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance and the atmosphere beats anything I ever had in the minor league.”

In the future, Radley may have aspirations of coaching and is using this experience in the pros to gain as much knowledge as he can. He “Loves being in the big leagues and would enjoy coaching within them as well, but I also enjoy working with younger kids in the high school age range.” His first bit of coaching and advice to kids who want to be where he is now: “Show up. Go to practice, lessons, and work outs, whatever it may be, and be present and work hard. Second, watch the people around you, especially the older RH3players with a lot of experience. Watch the way they work, how hard they focus and try to do the same. Lastly, take advantage of the various experienced players RoundTripper has back to practice and teach.” This exposure gives the younger players an opportunity to watch and see what it takes to make it to the next level.

Lastly, Radley says, “I want to give a huge thank you to Chris and Scott as well as everyone else at RoundTripper for the amazing experience I had and in helping me get to where I am now.” He also hopes to come back and teach lessons in the near future so he can share his knowledge and experiences with the younger athletes and impact players that love the game as much as he does.

Indiana Mustangs Off To A Strong Start

RoundTripper’s in house team, the Indiana Mustangs is continuing their strong start to the spring and summer season! Three teams were able to bring home championship hardware this past weekend to build upon the organization’s success! The 10u Red, 12u Red, and 13u Blue teams each won their respective tournaments in and out of state!

unnamed (2)The 10u Red team played locally in the Indy 500 Start Your Engines tournament in Noblesville, where they finished a rain shortened tournament with a 3-1 record.  The pitching staff lead the way for the Mustangs, striking out 23 batters over the course of the tournament, while the Mustang bats got hot at the right times.  The 10u Red pulled out multiple come from behind victories over the weekend to catapult them to the championship!

The 12u Red won their second tournament in a row over the weekend at the USSSA Summer Slam at Midwest Sports Complex.  Both the offense and defense were clicking through their first 3 games for the Mustangs, outscoring their opponents 23-0.  The combination of Will Heldt, Jake Griffin, and Jake Hooker lead a Mustang pitching staff who shutout their opponents.  This championship came on the heels of their USSSA Indy Festival Super NIT championship the weekend before.  The 12u Red owns a 24-6 record after their most recent tournament and look to continue their success throughout the summer!

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Branson, Missouri was host to the 13u Blue over the weekend as the team participated in the Armed Forces Day Classic wood bat tournament.  The Mustangs went undefeated on the weekend behind a strong defensive effort, committing only 2 errors during the tournament.  The 13u Blue were able to pull out a 2-1 win over the Fulton Hornets Baseball Club in an extra inning affair to win the championship.  The game was scoreless going in to the 9th inning behind strong pitching performances from both teams, before the Mustangs were able to scratch out 2 runs and hold on for the championship!

Congratulations to the Indiana Mustangs organization on an impressive weekend!  Stay up to date with the Indiana Mustangs organization on Twitter at @1MustangsNation!

13u Spring Scrimmage Series Gives Teams Head-Start Before Summer Season

This spring, RoundTripper Sports Academy hosted the inaugural 13u Spring Scrimmage Series. After conferring with local 13u coaches, this series was put together with the goal of preparing 13u players and teams for the upcoming summer tournament season. RoundTripper’s first Spring Scrimmage Series allowed coaches to formulate different lineups, which allowed them to find player’s strengths and weaknesses for the 2017 summer season.

This year’s list of participating teams included Primetime White, Indy Sharks, Indiana Mustangs, Fishers Marlins, Primetime Gray, and the Indiana Aces. Joel Wilmoth, coach of the Indy Sharks said, “It gave the players a chance to get used to swinging against live pitchers and get the feel of playing on the big outdoor field again.”

RoundTripper presented a great opportunity for teams to gain a competitive edge before most programs have started their season. Four scheduled weeks of pool play allowed teams to get a feel for the first live games of the 2017 season. After the pool play games, teams were seeded off of their record in pool play for an end of the season tournament.

Pool play started on April 15th and wrapped up 4 weeks later on May 6th to give each team a chance to play 6 of their 8 scheduled games after a rain-out in week 3.  These pool play games gave way to tournament play on May 13th.  The Indy Shark were able to come out of pool play with a 5-0-1 record to take the #1 seed going in to the tournament.  After their week 1 tie against the Indiana Mustangs, the sharks won the remainder of their pool play games, to earn a bye in the tournament.

With their semi-final win against the Fishers Marlins, the ShaSharksrks squared off against the #3 seeded Indiana Mustangs in the championship game.  The Sharks were able to take home the championship hardware and complete a successful spring series, sending the Mustangs home as runner-up. “It never feels good to have a tie on your record, so it was fun to get a big win against the team you had the tie with,” said Wilmoth.

The inaugural 13u Spring Scrimmage Series was deemed highly successful by both coaches and parents, as RoundTripper was overwhelmed with the positive feedback. The league helped to give the teams that participated in it a competitive advantage going in to their tournament season.

RoundTripper plans to host the 13u Spring Scrimmage Series again in 2018, along with adding 12u and 14u age groups!  If your team is interested in participating, please contact the RoundTripper facility!

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Local Players Win Perfect Game WWBA 17u National Championship with Giants Scout Team!

The 17u San Francisco Giants Scout Team, coached by Kevin Christman, the San Francisco Giants Indiana area scout, walked off in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship!

With more than 250 of the nation’s best baseball teams all gathered in Ft. Myers, Florida, the 17u San Francisco Giants Scout Team, comprised of players from the Midwest, walked away with the championship trophy. With 13 players from Indiana, 6 from Ohio, and 1 from Kentucky, the SF Giants Scout Team was able to emerge victorious against teams from around the country and Puerto Rico.Giants WWBA Champs.jpg

The team’s run started in pool play as they won their pool, going 3-0, with a balance of both offense and pitching.  “Our hitting was always there (in pool play),” Christman remarked.  “We were able to make adjustments the second time through, and hits came for everyone up and down the line-up.”  The team’s 59 hits through the first 3 games were complimented by a dominate pitching staff that boasted a 0.77 ERA through pool play.  “Our pitching was just unbelievable, especially when everyone was on a pitch count.  Garrett Hill (RHP University HS Carmel, IN) won us a huge pool play game.  He was going to be on a 30 pitch limit, but we let him go as long as he could once we saw how dominant he was.”

After rolling through pool play, the Giants Scout Team came in to tournament play seeded 25th out of 63 teams.  The Giants ST beat the #40 ranked Diamond Skill Dodgers out of Maryland, the #8 seeded 643 DP Baseball Academy out of Georgia, and the #9 Triton Rays out of Alabama to set up their Quarterfinal game against one of the two remaining Florida Travel Baseball teams left in the tournament.  “We really looked forward to our game against the FTB team.  They are one of the most prominent programs in the nation, with guys from all across the country playing for them,” noted Coach Christman.

The Giants ST made quick work of the FTB team, putting up 9 runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 12-0 victory.  The win set up a semi-final match up with the remaining FTB team, for a chance to advance to the championship.  The FTB pitching staff held the Giants ST to only 4 hits, but each of them were timely.  MVP and University of Cincinnati commit, Gage Hughes (Greenup County HS, Portsmouth, OH), had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead the team to a 5-1 victory to set up the dramatic finish in the championship game against the Evoshield Canes 17’s out of Fredericksburg, VA.

The Giants ST jumped out to an 8-1 advantage thanks in part to a 5 run third inning to take a commanding lead.  However, Evoshield had a big inning of their own in the top of the 4th, putting up 7 runs and tying the game.  Knotted at 8 after 7 innings, the championship game proceeded to extras.  Evoshield took advantage in the top of the 8th and plated 5 runs to take a 13-8 lead.  With the Giants ST down to their last 3 outs and their pitching staff running on fumes, they managed to match the Canes with 5 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to continue the game.

After a scoreless top of the 9th, the Giants recorded 2 outs in their first 2 batters in the bottom half of the inning.  Louisville University commit Jared Poland (Cathedral HS, Indianapolis, IN) then singled with two outs to give the Giants ST a chance.  Poland proceeded to steal second to move in to scoring position and took third on a passed ball.  With Cameron Swanger (Moeller HS, Loveland, OH) at the plate with a 3-2 count, he floated a bloop single to center field and scored Poland to end the game and start the celebration.

Coach Christman couldn’t have been happier for his team and his players.  “We were in, we were out, the game was back and forth, and we didn’t know how it was going to end.  We could have walked away when we were down 5 and called it quits, but our guys wouldn’t accept defeat. It was really fun to be around and fun to watch.”

The Giants ST walked away with more than just a championship trophy.  Shortstop Gage Hughes earned tournament MVP Honors batting .407 with 13 RBI’s in the tournament, while RHP Garrett Burhenn (Lawrence North HS, Indianapolis, IN) took home the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher honors.  Burhenn’s stat line for the tournament was 9.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 11 K’s, 0 BB with 2 wins, the second was a 5 inning performance in the quarterfinal game.

“Gage played stellar defense at shortstop the whole tournament. He made all of the plays and showed great leadership up the middle.  His bat really came alive as well the whole tournament, and he hit a huge 3 run home run to blow open the last pool play game,” said Christman.  He continued about Burhenn, “His control was unbelievable, he couldn’t miss the strike zone.  He sat about 86-89 MPH with his fastball, but his great curveball and change-up made it look even harder.”

Local Scout Has an Eye for Talent

Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds is currently a household name in Major League Baseball. He has burst onto the scene this year hitting a staggering 23 home runs during the first half of the season, just one shy of the National League home run leader. Even though he may be living the good life currently, his road to the Major Leagues was anything but easy. However, with the help of RoundTripper catching instructor, Kevin Christman, Duvall got his shot.

Christman has served as a scout with the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants for 11 years. During the offseason, Christman is also a lead instructor at RoundTripper, where he works specifically with catchers. Although he has a lot of responsibilities in the world of baseball, his true passion is scouting young talent.

When Kevin first saw Adam Duvall on a baseball diamond, his power was what caught his eye immediately. “He had bat speed, smooth power, and he battled pitchers with great plate appearance.” Said Kevin. Even though these are all qualities that scouts look for in players, Duvall was slightly overlooked during his amateur playing days. “He had some injuries that changed up his game a little bit. He put on more muscle and because of that, he started to rely on his strength more so than his natural abilities.” Despite this, Duvall was taken by the Giants in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. After spending 4 years moving his way through the ranks of minor league baseball, he was called up in June 2014, but his first stint in the majors did not last long. After spending more time in the minors, Duvall was traded during the July 2015 trade deadline to the Cincinnati Reds.

After being traded to the Reds, Duvall showed some promise with his new team, hitting a home run in his first at bat. After the Reds’ season came to a close, Duvall knew that coming into 2016 Spring Training, he was still competing for a roster spot. After making the team originally as a platoon player, Duvall quickly established himself as a force for his club. Fast forward to today, and all of his resilience and efforts are being recognized with a spot on the National League All Star Team.

Duvall has made himself a force to be reckoned with the MLB season, despite having less than 60 games worth of major league experience. Any young baseball player can look to his story for inspiration. After being overlooked by scouts for years, Duvall is finally getting his chance to shine. “Young baseball players need to have a great sense of mental toughness, more so than other athletes I believe.” Said Christman. “All players need to understand the grind, and understand that it might take more time than others to be seen by the right scout or the right club. Once the opportunity arises, players need to take full advantage.”

Adam Duvall will not only be competing in this week’s All Star Game, he will also be a participant in the Home Run Derby tonight. For any players interested in learning from Kevin Christman, he will be teaching an advanced catching class, and will be available for private lessons during the Fall and Winter months.

5 Tool: The Elite Program

RoundTripper Academy prides themselves on being able to develop talent and work with any player, regardless of experience or skill level. Young players come through RoundTripper’s facility with dreams of playing in college, in the big leagues, or just playing on a varsity high school team. For all of those players who want to reach that next level, RoundTripper’s signature program, 5 Tool, is just what they are looking for.

Chris Estep, owner and master instructor at RoundTripper, started 5 Tool in 2001. His vision was to take all of the knowledge he amassed on his journey to playing professionally, and bring those lessons and experiences to the forefront of young baseball players. “I started this program to show young players just how much work is required if you want to be a great player. The grind can be difficult, but having that work ethic at a young age can yield benefits for years.” 5 Tool includes work on speed, agility, strength, and skill by position. On top of all supervised training sessions, 5 Tool participants make an agreement to lift weights on their own at least twice a week. “This program showed me and the other students the work that all great baseball players have to put in,” Said Austin Shirley, a former 5 Tool and Noblesville High School student, who will continue his baseball career next year at Depauw University. “I highly recommend 5 Tool to any player who wants to succeed. The instructors all know exactly how to make players reach their potential.”  With how the landscape is changing in all of youth sports, this level of dedication is necessary.

RoundTripper’s eight month offseason program is evidence on how much youth sports have changed over the years. It was not long ago that baseball season was from April-August. Once that time period ended, players put their gloves and bats down, and then picked them up again when baseball season was upon them. Now, baseball is a year-round commitment that requires strenuous work every month of the year. For Jim Gallagher, the father of a 5 Tool and Park Tudor High School student, Tommy, this program was beneficial in so many ways for his son. “Chris and the coaches gave my son an amazing opportunity. Not many players get to have professional coaching for an entire offseason. I wanted him to take advantage of every opportunity he had to learn from those coaches.” Even in the winter months, RoundTripper’s indoor facility is packed with players who want to get better despite the frigid temperatures outside. Some might say that young athletes need time to step away from their sport, but for kids that absolutely love the game, an offseason program like 5 Tool is made just for them.

5 Tool runs from August-March, with admission to the program being contingent on a skill evaluation before the start date. For any additional information, check the RoundTripper website at roundtripper.com.

It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

This past weekend, RoundTripper held their annual Summer Classic Tournament, where nine local teams across the Indy area congregated to compete and add another trophy to their collection. On a weekend that was picture-perfect for baseball, plenty of support packed the facility for a competitive tournament. Although close games were hard to come by, the championship game proved to be a lesson for both the Indiana Majestixx and the Indiana Nitro.

Zach Galyean, manager of the Indiana Nitro, realized the importance of this weekend for his team as their summer season started to come into full-swing. “We really needed a weekend like this to be honest,” said Galyean. “The kids really came together and started to play well as a team.” After losing a hard fought game to the Indiana Majestixx by the score of 8-7, the Nitro started to get their bats going, scoring in double digits in each one of their games leading up to the championship on Father’s Day. Although the Nitro’s pitching, defense, and composure stood out, Galyean and his coaching staff all agreed that their hitting was their biggest key to success.

With a rematch set with the Majestixx in the championship game, Galyean and his players wanted to jump on their opponents early, and they did just that. With the score reading 10-1 after two innings, spectators started to believe that a run rule was imminent. With their backs against the wall, the Majestixx made a pitching change, and in a blink of an eye, the tables started to turn. The Majestixx started slowly cutting into that lead slowly but surely, making timely hits each inning and exerting excellent pitching by multiple players. Even though the Majestixx never took the lead, they gave the Nitro everything they had. When it was all said and done, it was the Nitro who weathered the storm, winning a marathon of a game by a final score of 15-14.

For the casual observer watching that championship game, one could see the emotional roller-coaster that was experienced by all coaches, players, and supporters. Now we can sit here and throw out every cliché we can think of to describe the final innings, but it comes down to this: it’s part of baseball. One swing of the bat can change everything, a single pitch can give a team momentum, crucial errors can come back to haunt you. This is what makes baseball such an exciting game. Just when the result seems decided, the nature of the game is completely different. The Majestixx deserve all the credit in the world for that terrific comeback, but the Nitro were well-deserved winners. “I was impressed that the kids never gave up. It’s very tough to do that when the other team has all the momentum.” Said Galyean. With Zach coaching his younger brother, Tyler, and their father, Mark in attendance at every game, this weekend was a family event that coincided perfectly with Father’s Day.

RoundTripper sends our congratulations to the Nitro organization, and sends a humongous thank you to all Fathers who helped make this a successful weekend!

Article written by Joey Saunders

RoundTripper Instructor Has Childhood Dream Fulfilled

It was just a week ago that Ken Niles, a lead instructor at RoundTripper, came into our facility with a massive grin on his face and Boston Red Sox gear head-to-toe. After landing an associate scout job with the Red Sox organization, Ken was oozing with an excitement and child-like jubilance that could only be described as contagious. Although he may be known now as “The Red Sox Scout” around the facility, it was his hard work in his humble beginnings that have led him to this amazing opportunity.

In the city of San Antonio, Texas, there is a little-known private school with 2,300 students that has been a collegiate baseball powerhouse ever since the turn of the century. They have Trinity University, an NCAA Division III school, has been churning out professional baseball prospects thanks to their expert coaching staff, led by Tim Scanell. “Tim does everything 110%, and he does everything the right way,” Said Ken. “He will do everything in his power to get the best out of his players and coaching staff.” After starting out as a volunteer assistant, Ken quickly moved up to Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Trinity. During his short tenure in this position, Ken saw 12 of his players play professional baseball after their time at Trinity.

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Even though Ken is now involved in the professional ranks of baseball, holding scout jobs with the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, and now Boston Red Sox, he has not forgotten the experience he had under Tim Scanell at Trinity. “Tim helped show me the difference between pro prospects and non-pro prospects.” Said Ken. “Everything was about finding guys who wanted to win, but also knew the importance of winning with humility.” Now that Ken has landed his dream job with the Red Sox, he wants to give nothing short of his absolute best effort. “As a kid growing up in Boston, this job really was a childhood dream. It was such an awesome feeling dusting off my old Red Sox clothes that I have not been able to wear the past few years.”

RoundTripper prides itself in being in the business of making people’s dreams come true. While Coach Niles was never a student at the facility as a young baseball player, he is very much a part of the RoundTripper family.  Coach Niles collegiate career led him to Division II Eckard College, and continued as a volunteer assistant at Division III Trinity University, working his way through small scouting jobs, and eventually landing his dream job with the Red Sox.

For all of our students who have big dreams of playing professional baseball, or just being a part of the baseball industry, take Ken’s story as an inspiration. Through hard work, dedication, and learning from the right people, he is now happy as can be with his new job. We wish Ken nothing but success as he embarks on this exciting journey!

 

The Trinity Tigers are playing for the 2016 Division III national championship! The game will be streaming live on Tuesday, May 31st. To watch the game, click here: http://www.ncaa.com/championship/liveplayer/player?gameId=2099259

To schedule a private lesson with Ken, click here: https://www.esoftplanner.com/v3/planner/login.php?access=0dG81LSVxNmo65axtmKBsZiJpA