by Joseph Fragano
The Team KC/MO Royals secured their second win of the day Saturday with a victory over Performance Baseball by a score of 10-3 at the Oak Grove Baseball Complex, during 14u D1 Elite Division action at the Triple Crown Texas Season Opener.
Peyton Newell got the win for the Royals with two innings of scoreless work and a strikeout. The KC/MO offense got out in front early on a grand slam from first baseman Luke Presco and never looked back.
“I was just seeing the ball well,” said Presco “Just timing it up right, swinging at anything that looked good to me.”
Presco's second home run of the day put the Royals in front for good. The Performance offense threatened with a rally in the top of the third, bringing around their only three runs of the game. Harrison Bailey came on in relief, getting out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to seal the game for the Royals.
"I was just looking to throw fastballs and get a ground ball," Bailey said.
Team KC/MO head coach Brett Bailey considered it a win to be on the field at all due to the weather in the team’s hometown of Kansas City and commended his players for a gritty performance in adverse weather conditions.
"Obviously we'd like to throw strikes more consistently than what we did today," said coach Bailey. "Kids that have the mental aptitude fight through it and figure out a way to get it done. I liked my team's aggression today to come out and put runs on the board early in both of our wins."
The Royals join the Dallas Tigers-Burgos and Dallas Patriots-Sherard as the only teams to go 2-0 Saturday in the 14u Elite division.
In 12u Elite division action the Texas Raiders Elite-Lale (Southlake, TX) and Yeti Baseball Club (Austin) won all three of their pool play games and will be the top seeds in Sunday's bracket.
by Lary Bump
RICHARDSON, TX – Lane Mangum breezed through the top of the first inning Saturday, striking out two batters and giving up an easy grounder.
Then he went to the Louisiana Knights dugout at Breckinridge Park and sat. He batted, scored a run and sat again. And sat some more.
By the time he took the mound again, he had an 8-0 lead, mostly courtesy of four walks and eight wild pitches by two Texas Raiders-Kelley pitchers.
The top-seeded Knights went on to win 12-7 and advance to Sunday’s Triple Crown Texas Season Opener 13u Elite winners’ bracket final against the No. 2 seed Crawdads by Yeti from Austin, Texas.
Mangum struck out four batters and allowed one run and two hits in three innings.
“I commanded the strike zone very well. My best pitch was the two-seam fastball.”
He said it wasn’t easy waiting through the long bottom of the first.
“It’s kind of harder. You’re not just going back out there. You’ve got to stop."
The Raiders tried valiantly to continue their Cinderella run from the 12th seed of the 12-team tournament. Earlier Saturday, they edged the fifth-seeded Canes Southwest Scrappers 4-3 and routed the fourth-seeded Houston Generals 10-3.
The 12-7 loss was an improvement over the 17-1 loss to Louisiana in Friday night’s pool play that determined seedings. And the Raiders scored the final six runs against the Knights Saturday.
On Saturday, the Knights had just seven hits. Catcher Joshua Sanchez had two hits, a run-scoring single in the first inning and an RBI double in the third.
Sanchez said he and Mangum work well together.
“It’s easy to catch him. We have that connection. We’ve bonded every year we’ve played together.”
The Knights from Shreveport, La., nearly lost their first game on Saturday, but rallied to beat the Exit Velocity Yankees from Hornlake, Miss., 7-6.
“The guys really battle,” coach Peter Pizarro said. “We had a situation where we were down by two, but they just don’t quit.”
Dyson Fields struck 10 to beat the Yankees. He was pitching to catcher Lane Mangum.
“The umpire was favoring the outside corner,” Fields said, “so we really just tried to keep the ball outside.”
The Crawdads won Saturday over Dugout Glory 6-1 and Spitfire Truth 6-2.
Both teams justified their 1-2 seeding. In four games, the Knights have outscored opponents 46-15. The Crawdads have scored 38 and given up only five.
Saturday’s games were played with temperatures in the 40s, constant misty rain and low-hanging clouds that shrouded the tops of the buildings in downtown Dallas 25 miles away. Sunday's conditions worsened, and no other games were played.
by Lary Bump
RICHARDSON, TX – The Houston Generals found themselves in an unaccustomed situation Friday.
It wasn’t so much for playing in 40-degree weather in North Texas as being surprised at being behind late in a game.
As pool play began in the 13 D1 Elite division at the Triple Crown Texas Season Opener, the Generals trailed Spitfire Truth of Grandview, Texas, by three runs going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Coming off the mound in the top of the fifth, Easton Dean had a plan for when he led off the bottom of the inning.
“Just go opposite field, hit something and get a base hit,” he said.
That didn’t go entirely to plan. Instead of hitting to the opposite field, the left-handed batter lined a double -- to right field. Two singles pulled the Generals within a run. With two outs, Luke Rives singled to tie the game, and when he stole second base on a fake-bunt play, he continued to the plate on two errors.
“I watched them in the field,” Rives said. “They didn’t look like a very good fielding team. I didn’t know the (throw) went over his head. My thought process was that when he waved me home that the ball got by the center fielder.”
Which it did. After that, coach Travis Dean had words of advice for his son when he went to the mound for the sixth.
Easton Dean recounted the words as “Just keep throwing strikes over the plate.” He pitched out of a one-on, one-out jam to nail down a 5-4 win, the second of two victories for the Generals on the day at Breckinridge Park.
Before that, Spitfire had had its way with the Houston team. Trey Craig provided Spitfire’s scoring with two two-run home runs, and the Generals had only one hit, a bunt single, entering the fifth.
“They were a little bit intimidated,” Travis Dean said. “That hitting puts a chill on the kids and they go, ‘Oh, oh, we’re outmatched.’
I just had to remind them and give them the confidence, and they came out and did their job when they were supposed to.”
Luke Rives was asked if the team has had to rally often.
“Um,” he said, thinking, and finally added, “Not many.”
Earlier, the Generals had built an early lead and held off the Exit Velocity Yankees of Hornlake, Miss., 8-6.
“We gave away six unearned runs,” Travis Dean said.
In the 12-team invitational event, three other teams – Crawdads by Yeti of Austin, Texas; Louisiana Knights of Stonewall, La., and Hustle Premier of Texas City, Texas -- won two pool-play games each.
“The unique flavor of this tournament is that most weekend tournaments are single-elimination. This one adds a double-elimination format,” tournament director Jason McCoy said. “Also, for this tournament, we identified the best teams in 42 different events across the country. These teams have been invited to play here.
“They’re playing against the other best teams, so there are no games they can take off.”
For the tournament’s double-elimination portion beginning Saturday, the Knights are seeded first, with Yeti second, Hustle Premier third and the Generals fourth.
The seeding didn’t seem to bother the Generals, who have come from behind once already this weekend.
While any number of baseball tournaments this time of year have that “gets things started” concept, there’s nothing quite like the Triple Crown baseball Texas Season Opener, set for March 1-3 in the Metroplex.
With 385 teams in the mix (ages 7-14), this tournament certainly addresses the needs of teams trying to shake off the winter rust – coaches can get that first important look at new players, or see which position changes might make sense.
But there’s also a serious, competitive element to the Texas Season Opener, as high-caliber teams in multiple age groups will come from around Texas, as well as out-of-state powerhouses from Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi. In 2019, the tournament welcomes invite-only Elite DI teams at 12u, 13u and 14u.
The 13u Elite is, in fact, flexing serious muscle, something you don’t normally see at an event in early spring. Tournament directors have assembled a double-elim format, with brackets playing out at one of the region’s most impressive field complexes, Breckinridge Park in Richardson.
Here are the teams playing in the 13u Elite Division:
Canes Southwest Scrappers (Kyle, TX)
Crawdads by Yeti (Austin, TX)
Dallas Texans-Nalley (Royse City, TX)
Dallas Tigers-Bergman (Parker, TX)
Dugout Glory (Kilgore, TX)
Dullins Dodgers-Bustillos (Carrollton, TX)
Exit Velocity Yankees (Hornlake, MS)
Houston Generals (Houston, TX)
Hustle Premier (Texas City, TX)
Louisiana Knights (Stonewall, LA)
Spitfire Truth (Grandview, TX)
Texas Raiders-Kelley (Grapevine, TX)
Follow the action, scores and brackets HERE
For those who missed out on the Triple Crown Baseball experience at this event, you can still register for two other events – the Lone Star Classic (April 5-7) and the Texas State Championships (May 24-27).
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that surely includes the Triple Crown Texas State Championship! We welcomed 157 baseball teams to the Metroplex over Memorial Day weekend to tangle for one of the region’s most coveted titles. Even more was on the line this year as the top four teams in each age group qualified for any 2018 Triple Crown Championship of their choice!
The weekend was filled with sunshine and top-notch 8u-14u baseball and was the perfect kick-off to the busy summer ahead for Texas clubs.
Congratulations to all of the championship winners – we’re excited to see you at more TC Baseball events this summer!
2018 Texas State Champions
8’s Coach Pitch: Keller Indians
9’s D2: Texas Stix South
9’s D3: Dallas Patriots – Trout
10’s D2: BN Mavericks – Tideskers
11’s D1: Phenom – Hornbeck
11’s D2: Hill Country Reds – Farrell
12’s D1: Phenom Texas – Schommer
12’s D2: Tiger Baseball Club Elite
13’s D1: Dallas Patriots – Sherard
13’s D2: D-BAT – Chamblee
14’s D1: Dulins Dodgers TX – Godwin
14’s D2: Proformance Patriots
Approaching its 7th year, the Lone Star Classic continues to be a big success for Triple Crown Baseball, drawing 160 teams to compete at the Dallas Metroplex this coming weekend.
For over 20 years, Texas has been a baseball staple for TCS events. Texas Baseball event directors Gino Grasso and Adam Kline are excited to see an increase in teams year after year.
“This event always offers good competition. We have a few of the best 14u teams in the country playing this weekend,” said Kline. "The area's league schedules have kicked in, making it more of a challenge to secure fields, but we could tell the market was excited about getting into the Lone Star. We expect that interest to stay high for our other events to come."
More than 450 Texas teams and others around the Southwest kicked off their season at the Texas Season Opener in early March. In case of any inclement weather at the Season Opener, the Lone Star Classic has always served as a great insurance opportunity for teams to get back on the field and stay sharp, but that was not a concern this year.
We look forward to seeing a variety of 8u to 14u teams hit the diamond at the Lone Star Classic on April 6th-8th.
Full schedules have been posted: http://bit.ly/2GxC45n
Texas State Championships: May 25-28, 2018 (https://bit.ly/2Eh4uKD)
Texas World Series Warm-Up: June 15-17, 2018 (https://bit.ly/2EfBa7x)
In the numerous decades where baseball instructors have tried to do two things – unlock the skills of potential players and promote the right mental approach for success – a zillion different recipes have been put into motion.
Ultimately, the game always seems to reward those who devote time to master the basics, and those who seize opportunities when they arrive. That’s the essence of a growing baseball club in the Dallas Metroplex, the Dallas Raiders.
Helmed by the husband-and-wife team of Aaron and Amanda Anzua, the Raiders are making a strong case to families based on core instruction (which is fortifying that skill set) and a unique arrangement with a local parks and recreation department that is the definition of a special opportunity.
Aaron was a successful catcher in his time, earning a spot on the always-talented roster at Seminole College (OK), until a broken hand derailed his hopes for a taste of the professional game. The eye for the details, the appreciation of the little picture that a good catcher finds fascinating – he had this and more, and it was only a matter of time until he left his job in the medical supply industry to hit coaching full-time, full force.
“It wasn’t so much about what affected me as a player growing up – one reason we (established) the Raiders was the lack of coaching in the sense of teaching fundamentals. I understood the intricate parts of the game, the small things in order to be successful … not only that, the need to be consistent,” said Anzua, who also coaches at Faith Christian High School in Grapevine, a vibrantly growing city on the western half of the Metroplex. “There’s a lack of consistency in the teaching of youth sports because everybody wants the biggest, strongest kid who you just don’t have to teach. A lot of that has to do with a lack of knowledge within the coaching circle – it’s not everywhere, but it’s out there. Philosophically for our coaches, it was about really jumping on the fundamentals.
“Individual work, footwork, lateral movement, ground balls at a slower pace – these kids have so much that bogs them down this day and age, their brains are going 100 mph. Slowing the game down and helping them understand … we wanted to make sure and establish those values.”
By 2011, the Raiders had a few teams – today, there are 20 teams in the fold from 8u-18u, and the program also offers the NTX Coliseum indoor facility to augment instruction. From 8u to 14u, the design is to guide players to a place where they can play well at the high school level.
There’s a balancing act in those years, as parents who are investing in the athletic development of the kids tend to like winning, while coaches tend to like signs of progress, regardless of if it comes in a blowout win or a nail-biting loss.
“We set goals as a coaching staff, and in general with the kids. At our organizational workout where there are 250-plus kids, out there for 4-5 hours, a huge workout for all ages broken up … that’s when I can interact with parents and kids, and talk about the importance of the small things,” Aaron said. “Everybody wants to win — I’m as competitive as it comes. I know what it means to have and not to have, to win and to lose – but from Day I repeat, you’ve got to invest in the small things and the rewards will be there. If you just want to win and not work for it, there’s a good chance you’re not getting better as a player. We strive to get new families to buy into the philosophy. Quite honestly, I try to brainwash them. You need to do things a lot of kids aren’t willing to do, paying the price, get extra cuts, set something up with our paid coaches, get to the extra practices we have.”
As Aaron evolved his vision for Select baseball in the Metroplex, Amanda found herself fostering growth by getting a command of the administrative issues that dog so many best intentions in this world. While keeping parents in the right loops, and the coaches free to do what they love, the Raiders grew in popularity.
Then came the bolt out of the blue – Grapevine asked the Raiders if they’d like to be the primary Select organization of the city. That meant the Raiders would have primary access to fields, including the Oak Grove Complex, one of the most attractive and useful field sites in Texas.
“You need that open communication with the parents, and to be a liason who can organize schedules and payments, things coaches aren’t interested in doing. We worry about everything else, the logistics,” Amanda said. “Those two forces combined have made us as successful as we are. The city likes the fact we are organized.
“We get some jealousy; fields are hard to come by. This is a place where you get three practices a week; we have indoor (opportunities), organizational workouts there from 5-9 p.m. The comments and (bitter) emails come with the territory, because the more you grow, the more you’ll hear different things. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback – players are happy, parents are happy, kids can move from Rec level to Select level and not move from the city of Grapevine. The positives outweigh the smaller voices.”
Indeed, the Raiders’ willingness to work in the rec-player space is a huge reason Grapevine is such a supporter. A serious approach to player development, and not just chasing after the uniquely talented athletes in town, has been key to the relationship.
On top of that, the Raiders do what they can to show their appreciation for Grapevine’s support. That includes volunteer work days on the fields, and outreach clinics/camps for players just getting into the sport.
“Our intentions are to give back to the people who have paid the way for these opportunities. The partnership with city of Grapevine and being in Oak Grove – when we were growing up, we didn’t have the things most of these kids have,” Aaron said. “In order to get (opportunities), you have to work hard. We are involved with rec levels; we give them an opportunity and a chance to work hard.
“These (Raiders) kids are fortunate and privileged for an opportunity a lot of local organizations don’t have. As coaches and leaders, we can impact a new generation. We’re here not to just build baseball players but to build leaders, for any profession that needs leaders. People in platforms like we have in youth sports, we can touch a lot of lives. That’s what we are striving to do.”
James McDowell, 15, who just completed his freshman year at Faith Christian, has been with the Raiders for a couple of years, after trying his hand in other clubs. He’s appreciated the progress he’s been able to make, and is looking forward to more of what the Raiders can offer.
“The biggest attraction for me is the coaches. They are all really good, very experienced and know what they are talking about. They can tell you the reasons why you are doing something, and they can say, ‘fix this’ and actually explain it.
“I’ve gotten to know all my teammates, and we can talk about things outside of baseball. Once you got on the field, you feel you know them as a teammate and a person. It’s really nice compared to other organizations. We always get fields and a good place to go if it rains; you never feel like you are second-hand. You are at the top of the list and a big priority.”
With the fundamentals in place for a long run as a meaningful youth baseball setting, the Raiders are excited about the future and like the idea of spreading their brand.
“I see us growing and become one of the larger organizations in the Metroplex, branching out to other cities, broadening horizons,” Amanda said. “Tapping into Fort Worth and other cities within 30-40 miles. We have three high school teams for summer, and the goal is to start moving younger ones through the program. We have some great high school coaches who are in private schools or former coaches, so they already have that background.
“We want to keep our kids as they get older; the boys that connect with each other and families, it’s tough for them to leave. They want to stay and keep playing together. Our rosters stay together, and I’d say we have 90 percent return year-to-year – you don’t see that with other Select baseball organizations.”
“These are the moral victories we have,” Aaron added. “Where people tell me, ‘my kid is more attentive at school, he’s more driven and passionate, he sees the passion of the coaching staff that you share every Thursday when there’s a workout with 20 teams … he sees that.’
“You can’t put a dollar figure on that. We’ve got trophies to show, but that stuff collects dust. It’s about the relationships and the things you built on the field that will take you further on.”
Playing the game of baseball and truly understanding what it takes to be prepared for what happens on each pitch is really an educational calling, where study, review and repetition are just the first steps to getting a handle on a giant topic.
And while there’s no patent on the right mindset, more than a few athletes have noticed, and then explored, the natural connection between the discipline of baseball, and the rigor associated with living a life guided by their religious faith. To this subset of the baseball population, pouring your heart into the game and honoring it with respect in even the most challenging situations is an echo of how one should aspire to carry himself in day-to-day interactions.
So even as Texas native Brian Capps fulfilled his athletic promise in the sport, excelling at the JUCO and D-I levels before moving on to play professionally, it never sat comfortably when those moments surfaced where substandard behavior affected the way the game looked and felt. And it really was a non-starter when Capps decided to get into coaching youth baseball — he knew what worked for him, and how he wanted kids to see the game.
So, in the fall of 2009, he started the C3 Futures Academy in Roanoke, Texas, a suburb in the northwest area of Dallas. Founded on the themes of character, commitment and community, C3 Futures began with one 14u squad determined to carve a niche in the swirling, snarling world of competitive club baseball.
“We are going to be known for developing players at the highest level, while making sure leadership from our coaching staff is at the very top. “We look to set an example, to represent a brand bigger than ourselves,” said Capps, who coached that first 14u team. We consider what it’s like to have an appropriate perspective inside the game, and how they handle situations outside. It’s a blast to be able to do what we do, and do it differently.”
Capps was born into a baseball family that had always kept a Christian message close to heart, what with grandfather Bill Capps earning a spot in the MLB Scouts Hall of Fame after a 50-year career as player, manager and scout for the Chicago Cubs. Brian’s father, Buddy, was a huge influence in his baseball and another steady-as-a-rock believer in how to live for Jesus and give it your best in whatever you do. At Western Oklahoma State College, he was immersed in the work ethic and developmental savvy of Kurt Russell, and then learned the baseball-and-faith interplay from longtime Texas Tech coach Larry Hays, one of the winningest coaches in college history.
After his career as a player drew to a close, Capps knew his future was in coaching and development, and he liked the idea of making the right waves in Southlake, which he called home. And he had plenty of evidence from his playing days, and right in front of him while watching youth baseball, to guide his approach.
“I was set to do the entire select thing and baseball thing a different way. To put God first, and treat the game and people the right way,” he said. “I had a lot of great influences. There’s also the negative side to sports, which is pride and arrogance and a million other things. You’ve got to learn to handle those things, and we think part of our job is to be a strong influence in the lives of all these young men.”
Of course, keeping the doors open at the C3 facility and making sure tryouts are well attended is at least partially tied to the successes of the teams. Some of that is on the field — Futures teams hoist trophies at the end of tournaments on a regular basis; the organization is not afraid to hit the road and take on competition from all corners of the country, and the older age groups get a healthy and aggressive dose of showcase and college exposure action to increase the odds of landing a spot on a college roster.
And that’s fully in the scope of C3’s mission — like Proverbs 22:1 says, a good name is more desirable than great riches. Blend that with some regular, resilient conversation about how to train and develop ball players on and off the field, and the model begins to gather steam. Tryouts this November are expected to allow the Futures to field teams from 8u through 18u, in keeping with the vision of both Brian and Derek Worley, who is the head of Baseball Operations and one who has been here from the beginning.
“Parents want to be a part of something bigger than baseball. We’re in it for the long haul, and we love to make a difference in all the important ways,” said Todd Van Poppel, who had a 15-year pitching career in Major League Baseball and was naturally inclined to coach youth baseball in the same atmosphere the Futures embraced. “If it becomes about all the money you can make, I tend to run away from that. I like to teach about life and provide opportunities. The game at almost every level is more about the politics and the business, and I’d had enough of that in the big leagues. Here, I can make a difference in people’s lives and not just go around playing select ball and pulling the best 12 kids I can find from other teams.”
Van Poppel’s 10u team back in 2012 certainly had reason to turn its back on the mission during the Triple Crown Sports SlumpBuster in Omaha, when a very debatable call from the home-plate umpire allowed the other team to plate the winning run. Van Poppel held his tongue, encouraged his players and parents to hold tight to what they stood for, and walked away with something everyone could be proud to remember.
“We get a lot of compliments on how our players and parents act. I see things, and I just can’t figure out why there has to be an argument,” he said. “Everyone is capable of making a mistake, and maybe my shortstop missed a ball in the inning before. You’re still playing and competing, but you’re doing it in a respectful way.
Sure, the predatory nature of club baseball means players are recruited in the shadows, to jump ship to one of the other programs in the Metroplex, but C3 exudes a calm confidence about their ability to ride out those challenges.
“You can pay and play anywhere — but what will set you apart when everyone is seemingly doing the same thing is getting players better. We get players switching from other programs mostly because of a personal reference about who we are and how we develop,” Capps said. “They can see the difference themselves in the way we train players and get results. It’s also about the relationships we build with families — you have to be willing to be honest with parents about their kids and where they stand in the game, where they excel, where they lack, and then put a plan in action. If we’re going to get good players, and keep the mission, we have to place our value on every aspect of the player from the field to the classroom and always build into their life.”
“It was great. The environment they put you in just had no negative influence,” said Kevin Lentzner, who plays second base for a terrific Seminole State College team in Oklahoma and played on Capps’ original 14u team in 2009. “I became a better player, and a better person. All of them are followers of Christ, and that means nothing is going to slide, and nothing is going to happen that’s inappropriate.
“They got us a lot of exposure to colleges by the tournaments we entered. Fall ball, we’d travel to colleges and do pro-style showcase events along with round robins for preparation. Brian has a lot of connections, and with Todd Van Poppel, Derek Worley and Coach Russell alongside, it wasn’t hard getting noticed.”
Lentzner said his current baseball home is not quite the same environment as what he was use to with the Futures, but it is just another part of the process. The next level is a cutthroat and earn-your-keep environment, but that’s the reality of playing for a top-notch program.
That he can roll with the circumstances, and stand up (even on his own) in a way consistent with his faith, is just another sign that C3 and its operation have made a lasting impact.
“There’s a ton of teaching moments. We get all walks of people coming through the door, and our mission is to affect them,” Capps added. “We are huge on the process and not the end result. Learning to work hard and enjoy the process from both the player and the family will allow the end result to take care of itself.”
The claim that everything’s bigger (and better) in Texas holds true when it comes to the Triple Crown Sports Texas Baseball series, which has provided a top-notch regional experience in the sport since 1996. Talented, hard-working teams just naturally find their way to these events, and we are proud to announce the 2018 schedule for our Dallas Metroplex series.
Texas Season Opener (March 2-4) – Around 500 teams use this one EVERY YEAR to get an early look at their roster; you’ll face the right level of competition, and new in 2018 is an invite-only Elite Division in 12u/13u/14u with a four-game guarantee.
Texas Lone Star Classic (April 6-8) – We’ve heard many teams that weren’t quite ready for early March baseball love this event; count on anywhere from 150-200 teams, so the 8u-14u age groups will be rocking!
Texas State Championships (May 25-28) – Celebrate the end of the school year with a stellar Memorial Day Weekend event! Four-game guarantee, with about half the field reaching bracket play on Monday.
Texas World Series Warm Up (June 15-17) – A great tune up for the World Series season, this four-game guarantee with all teams advancing to bracket play is a true test of skill.
Visit http://www.tctexasbaseball.com/ for more details on these four fantastic events!
While the fall months tend to emphasize football in Texas, the youth baseball scene still has a heartbeat, with teams making sure all the hard work of summertime doesn’t fade from view.
Armed again with great teams and superior facilities, Triple Crown has a terrific tournament option with the Toys For Tots Fall Championships, set for the Dallas Metroplex on Oct. 6-8, 2017.
Compete in your 2018 age group and get an early look at how your roster shapes up. Teams have used this event to “try out” players who are interested in joining the lineup – with a three-game guarantee there will be plenty of innings to move players around and explore options.
This is also a great chance to reach out and share your good fortune with others who are less fortunate – encourage your families to bring an unwrapped toy to the ballpark, and we’ll get it in the hands of the DFW Toys For Tots chapter.
We also take game-time requests! The sooner you register and tell us your preference, the better your chance is of making this fit your busy schedule. Get your team in the mix HERE; contact Adam Kline at (970) 672-0580 or firstname.lastname@example.org