Dalen Thompson

Dalen Thompson

  It’s not hard to recognize the athleticism Dalen Thompson exhibits while on the baseball field.  At 6’1” and 175 pounds, the 2021 shortstop out of Triton High School, clearly has athletic tools. But what someone may miss about the recent Campbell Univiersity commit, is that he’s not done or satisfied when it comes to… Continue Reading

Damon Hardy

Damon Hardy

Baseball coaches consider players who will do whatever it takes to help the team to be of the highest value. The true wisdom is recognizing when to seize on those opportunities.  Count Damon Hardy, 2020 infielder out of Farmville Central High School in baseball rich Pitt County, NC, one of the wisest of players. Repeatedly,… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Fall World Series (September 14-15)

Southern Alamance High School: 631 Southern High School Road, Graham, NC Durham Athletic Park: 428 Morris Street, Durham, NC Gate Price: $5 per day Dirtbags Fall World Series Dirtbags – 18U SkrapPak Dirtbags – 18U All Blacks Dirtbags – 17U Bad Company Dirtbags – 18U VA Platinum Dirtbags – 17U VA Platinum Saturday, Sept 14… Continue Reading

Tyler Albright

Tyler Albright

“It changed my life, and made everything better.” These are words of Tyler Albright, a 2022 uncommitted outfielder of Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC, when asked about joining the Dirtbags. But that is what a person might say when they’ve made a decision to take a path, and that path proves to be monumental… Continue Reading

Isaac Fix

Isaac Fix

People who have their priorities set seem to make sense of the journey in front of them as it’s happening.  Those folks are what one might call “squared away” – they may seem matter of fact but in essence they just get the process.  Include 2021 left-handed pitcher, Isaac Fix from William Byrd High School… Continue Reading

Cole Thompson

Cole Thompson

  Making life decisions are often hard.  But when a person has tremendous confidence in themselves and the opportunity made available, everything seems to come together.  Recently, Cole Thompson committed to William Peace University. The 2020 outfielder out of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh called it a “life decision.” Right-handed hitter who can patrol… Continue Reading

Tyler Parks

Tyler Parks

   People are always looking for opportunities to get to where they want to go and reach what they want to achieve.  Many times, the windows and doors are right under their noses and they fail to recognize them.   That is not true for Tyler Parks, the 2023 uncommitted middle infielder out of Southwestern Randolph… Continue Reading

3 QUESTIONS ON HITTING (SET UP, SOFT TOSS, & CURVEBALLS)

3 QUESTIONS ON HITTING (SET UP, SOFT TOSS, & CURVEBALLS)

When it comes to hitting a baseball, results matter. So if a batter finds a stance or a load movement to provide the best opportunity to perform, all is well in the baseball universe. The same can be said for drills or even approaches to situations players face in the box. Often sound fundamentals will… Continue Reading

Kerry Herndon-Brown

Kerry Herndon-Brown

  It is not by chance that Kerry Herndon-Brown, an uncommitted 2022 LHP out of Bethesda, Maryland, is a Dirtbag.  In fact, he and his family were very intentional in their efforts to connect with the prestigious organization as a fit for the 15u performer to join in the summer of 2019. A drive to… Continue Reading

CATCHING (POPS, PICKS & CALLING A GAME)

CATCHING (POPS, PICKS & CALLING A GAME)

  When it comes to which defensive player has the most diverse responsibilities on the baseball diamond, a strong argument can be made for the catcher.  They are of course involved in every play by being on the receiving end of each pitch. But that’s just the beginning as they are involved in fielding bunts,… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Joe Valchar

Testimonial Tuesday: Joe Valchar

  As a baseball player, Joe Valchar has plenty of identifiable skills to succeed in the game.  As a person, the 2021 uncommitted RHP/infielder has skills that will serve him in life just as well as they have on the diamond.  His perseverance and commitment to a process is a rarity in the game, and… Continue Reading

Pitching: Delivery and Mental Focus

Pitching: Delivery and Mental Focus

   It has been said that the game of baseball is all about pitching. If a team has pitching so many other parts of the contest will fall into place.  Conversely, teams that lack solid output on the mound many times must overproduce to compensate for subpar pitching performances. Thus, the amount of emphasis put… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Siegner

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Siegner

  Learning is a process.  From learning content to skills, or from knowledge to operations, the acquisition of learning takes a period of time to achieve a functional status.  Whether that time is immediate or lengthy, the process demands it be completed. Drew Siegner, a 2022 uncommitted RHP who plays with the Dirtbags 15u Tap… Continue Reading

Making Plays As An Infielder

Making Plays As An Infielder

  As position players, infielders need deft glove skills and an arm action that allows them to make even the most unbelievable plays seem routine.  Those acquired movements however could very well be nullified without the proper positioning and tactics to intertwine the situation with the developed skills. Thus, infielders need to consider how to… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Owen Kincaid

Testimonial Tuesday: Owen Kincaid

   Though one shouldn’t classify Owen Kincaid, a 2020 uncommitted LHP, as having a Jekyll & Hyde personality, it should be noted that this seemingly easy-going guy finds a different version of himself when competing on the mound. It’s like a switch turns when he takes the ball; the funny guy suddenly turns to all… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Hitting (Article 2)

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Hitting (Article 2)

   Observers of sport have suggested that hitting a baseball is one of the single most difficult athletic feats to accomplish. Thus, it makes sense that the formula to develop a swing will have many components.  Batters must search for the right blend of physical and mental attributes allowing them to achieve a harmony of… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Brandon Clarke

Testimonial Tuesday: Brandon Clarke

  The scenario has been repeated so many times. A player comes on the scene with some skill and projectability, and begins to get recruited by some schools.  Those schools are probably regional, and probably smaller. As the player’s performances begin to elevate and the attention of bigger, more powerful schools takes shape, programs with… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Sliding

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Sliding

  When base runners come into a bag and perform a well executed slide it can be an act of poetry.  Done well, the extension of a player’s body to transition from a sprint to a stop brings style and functionality together into a rhythmic exercise of athleticism. At the same time a poorly executed… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Gavyn Byrd

Testimonial Tuesday: Gavyn Byrd

  Some people say they want to be the best. And then some say they are striving to be their best. The former have identified a ceiling and the latter have embraced a process. Put Gavyn Byrd in the latter category. The 2020 uncommitted RHP/OF of Wesleyan Christian in High Point, NC, has long recognized… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Outfield Play

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Outfield Play

  The defensive responsibilities of the outfielder in baseball is a pretty simple collection of tasks and skills related to collecting and returning balls that reach beyond the infield.  Abilities to perform are often tied to the tools a player possesses to run, in order to cover ground, and arm strength, to restrict advancing base… Continue Reading

College Coach Camp (June 26th)

We are excited to host the Dirtbags College Coach Camp on June 26th at Southern Alamance High School in Graham, North Carolina. Please find schedule and information below… Date: Wednesday, June 26th Location: Southern Alamance High School Address: 631 Southern High School Rd. Graham, NC Time: 10 AM – 3 PM Check In: 9:30 AM… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Zach Lewis

Testimonial Tuesday: Zach Lewis

  Putting oneself around the right type of people can often bring positive results.  That’s what right-handed pitcher Zach Lewis must have been thinking when he joined the Dirtbags in the fall of 2018. The uncommitted 2021 out of West Forsyth said he made the decision with the purpose of gaining exposure to college programs.… Continue Reading

3 Answers on Pitching Smarter

3 Answers on Pitching Smarter

  Preparing should be seen as an ongoing process for any athlete.  Even when players are in the performance mode of their sport, taking advantage of those moments of inactivity to both access situations and refine skills can lead to achieving optimal execution. Whether the preparation is cognitive or physical, the best players will take… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Austin Hawke

Testimonial Tuesday: Austin Hawke

  The proverb “speaking softly and carrying a big stick” became an identifying phrase if not an ideology for an American president.  It personified how Teddy Roosevelt conducted his policies and his life. If the phrase were to turn and become “speak softly and carry a baseball bat” the same could be said for 2022… Continue Reading

3 Answers on Gaining an Edge

3 Answers on Gaining an Edge

 Hitters in the game of baseball are always looking for an advantage or an edge to leverage their efforts to find success at the plate.  The number of ways to improve results with the bat are plentiful. While beginning with a fundamentally sound swing is a good starting point, other avenues may require more subtle… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Walker

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Walker

 When looking in the dictionary for a definition of a “student-athlete” one may find a picture of Matt Walker. As a 2020 uncommitted outfielder, the junior out of St. Stephens High School in Hickory, NC, is in fact a top performer both in the classroom and on the baseball field. And he hopes to parlay… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review May 27-June 3 Washer named Greenville Regional Most Outstanding Player for ECU Jake Washer went 7-17 with 4 HR’s 9 RBI’s and 6 R’s scored in helping lead the Pirates to a regional title and advancing to the Super Regionals. The Pirates lost game 1 and won 4 straight games to… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Ground Balls

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Ground Balls

 When it comes to addressing the necessary skills of a defensive player in the game of baseball a conversation will not go far without mentioning fielding the ground ball. Assuredly, sound mechanics and proper instruction are the best methods to acquire the skills needed to perform the task consistently, effectively and efficiently.  . The topic… Continue Reading

WOOD MYERS JOINS DIRTBAGS FULL-TIME

WOOD MYERS JOINS DIRTBAGS FULL-TIME

Dirtbags CEO Andy Partin has announced 4-year Dirtbags alum Wood Myers has joined the Dirtbags Baseball full-time staff. The Durham, NC native will help pilot the Middle School program alongside former Dirtbags teammate and MIddle School Director Logan Koch and assist with other day to day operations. “We are thrilled to welcome Wood back to… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler McDaniel

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler McDaniel

 Finding turning points in any area of pursuit are defining moments and often are beginnings to great achievements. For Tyler McDaniel, a 2020 uncommitted first baseman from West Forsyth High School that “ah-ha” moment perhaps came over the off-season leading into the 2019 spring. As he made a commitment to work on his physical strength… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review May 20-27 Jones named Southeast Region Player of the Year for North Greenville Utah Jones was named the Southeast Region Player of the Year. Jones hit .403 with 21 2B’s 52 RBI’s 5 HR’s and was 18-20 SB.  Edwards and Haney Named to CUSA All Freshman Team Luke Edwards (Marshall) and… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Answers On Base Running

Instructional Friday: Answers On Base Running

 Players who can get around the bags are seen as valued commodities in baseball.  This comes from the fact that scoring is still the number one most important stat in the game.   While speed can definitely amplify a player’s ability to circulate the bases, having some strategies, techniques and tactics are valuable assets to… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Robbie Allen

Under The Gun: Robbie Allen

 For this release of our Under the Gun series, the Dirtbags are excited to be joined by Robbie Allen, the head baseball coach at Brunswick Community College.  As the first coach in the history of the program, Coach Allen has led the Dolphins since 2008. Let’s get right to it. Start us off by taking… Continue Reading

2019 Dirtbags Cup June 1-2, 2019

The Dirtbags will host the Dirtbags Cup in Burlington, NC. Please note that this is a wood bat event. Locations Southern Alamance High School – 631 Southern High School Road, Graham, NC 27253 Williams High School – 1307 South Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215 Saturday, June 1 2019 Southern Alamance High School 10:00 AM –… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Brett Forbis

Testimonial Tuesday: Brett Forbis

 In a recent conversation with 2021 uncommitted shortstop Brett Forbis about some good times he’s experienced with the Dirtbags, he commented he really enjoyed visiting a “haunted trail” while playing in a tournament in Boone, NC in October 2018. As his team went on to win that event, Forbis has been looking to take his… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review May 13-19 Edwards wins it with a Walk-off for Marshall Luke Edwards had a walk-off single in the 10th inning to help the Thundering Heard to a 4-3 victory over Rice on Saturday.  Goodman Leads Memphis Hunter Goodman hit two homeruns this weekend and is now up to 13 for the… Continue Reading

14u Dirtbags Cup Schedule

We will be holding the 14u Dirtbags Cup at Southern Alamance High School located at 631 Southern High School Road, Graham, NC. All players must first come to the Dirtbags Training Center located at 3376 S. Church Street, Burlington, NC at 8 am Saturday morning to pick up their uniforms. Please see the schedule below:… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Pitching

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Pitching

The concept of developing a pitching arsenal is sometimes overlooked.  Perhaps it’s due to ignoring some of the complexities that go along with categorizing pitches.  Or it’s an acceptance of “these are the pitches I’m supposed to throw.” Whatever the reason, it makes sense for any pitcher – particularly one in the development stages of… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Neal Henry

Under The Gun: Neal Henry

 The Under the Gun series rolls on with a visit from North Carolina Central University assistant coach Neal Henry.  Coach Henry brings a number of experiences from around the southeastern portion of the country to his position with the Eagles. What have been the stops in your coaching journey and how have they provided you… Continue Reading

J.D. Everett Testimony

J.D. Everett Testimony

Who wants to be called upon to get the job done when it really counts?  Quite frankly, being a “go to guy” is a position for some that can bring some discomfort.  But for others, it is seen as a chance to come through and perform at a moment of truth. Left-handed pitcher  J.D. Everett… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Announce 11u Tryout June 5

The Dirtbags will be holding a tryout for 11u players on June 5 at 6:30 pm. More Details below: Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Location: Dirtbags Baseball Training Center 3376 S. Church Street Burlington, NC 27215 Check-in: 6:30 PM Ages: Open to 11u players only Registration: Free – Register using the link below Click here to register Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review May 6-12 Mack is Rookie of the Week for NC A&T Tony Mack was named the MEAC Rookie of the week for the 2nd time this season! Mack went 9-13 with 4 R’s, 5 RBI’s, 1 HR, 1 2B.  Roupp named Pitcher of the Week for UNCW Landon Roupp was named… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Catching

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Catching

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY – 3 ANSWERS ON CATCHING DATE – 5/10/19 The ability to play catcher at a high level is difficult to master when one considers all of the skills necessary.  The dexterity to receive, the strength to throw and the athleticism to block provide such a broad range that many times catchers may show… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Paul Rozelle

Under The Gun: Paul Rozelle

May 23rd- Paul Rozzelle                 Catawba Valley Head Coach               The Dirtbags continue the college coaching interview series known as Under the Gun with a visit from Catawba Valley Community College head coach Paul Rozzelle.  The 2019 campaign is his fifth season as the leader of the Red Hawks. Take moment… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Danny Heintz

Testimonial Tuesday: Danny Heintz

In baseball, being projectable can be a blessing and a curse all rolled into one.  Obviously, the potential for performance has been recognized when a player has been identified at “projectable.” But it becomes meaningless if the player can’t move forward and provide the evidence of the skills necessary to be his very best. The… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Q&A (Tee Work)

Instructional Friday: Q&A (Tee Work)

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY – TEE WORK DATE:  5/3/19 The purpose of Instructional Friday since it began on Dirtbags baseball was to provide players and coaches with some focused views on the development of baseball skills and to support that with drills and insight.  While hopefully much fruit was produced by the previous editions in the series,… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Jim Chester

Under The Gun: Jim Chester

Under the Gun:  Jim Chester, Barton College In today’s edition of Under the Gun, we are joined by the head coach at Barton College, Jim Chester.  He is in his second year of leading the Bulldogs in Wilson, N.C. and has seen his squad make a tremendous jump in its results on the diamond this… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Cameron Clonch

Testimonial Tuesday: Cameron Clonch

Meet Cameron Clonch.  He is a left-handed two-way player in the 2020 class who attends Mooresville High School, and is committed to East Carolina to play baseball.  He is also an entrepreneur. While the last part may not seem to fit at all with the references to his baseball credentials, the reality is that it… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review April 22-28 Andre propels St. James Nikko Andre (2020 Uncommitted) went 4-4 in game 1 of the state playoffs and hit a 3 Run HR in game 2 to help the Sharks move into the Championship game of the District Playoffs. Jones Named Player of the Year Utah Jones was named… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Taylor Sandefur

Under The Gun: Taylor Sandefur

As an alum of Western Carolina University, Assistant Coach Taylor Sandefur is back as a Catamount for the 2019 season.  While a player at WCU, he performed both on the mound and at the plate. He has been coaching college baseball since 2015.    Tell us what it’s like to be able to come back… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday – Pitching: STUFF

Instructional Friday – Pitching: STUFF

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY – PITCHING:  STUFF 2019 Pitchers have it, or they don’t have it.  A pitch may be full of it or show no signs whatsoever. Anyone who’s ever been around the game of baseball has heard about it.  They may have known exactly what the person who said it meant. Or at least they… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Kemp

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Kemp

PLAYER:  Matt Kemp Date:  4/23/19 Being able to perform in a variety of areas in the game of baseball lends itself to value.  That would be an accurate way to describe Matt Kemp of Randleman High School. His abilities in a number of skills on the diamond has not only made him a valuable team… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review April 15-21 1. Brickhouse Bombs propel Pirates to sweep Spencer Brickhouse went 3-4 with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s in Game 2 of a doubleheader that helped ECU complete the sweep of UConn. 2. Koehler Sparks Catamounts to Win Matt Koehler went 1-2 with a triple and 2 RBI’s Sunday in… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Rundowns

Instructional Friday: Rundowns

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY – RUNDOWNS DATE:  4/19/19 Very few situations in the game of baseball can turn a seemingly mundane event of execution into a circus quite like the rundown.  For the offensive team the episode quickly turns to survival until hopefully the defense makes a mistake. The defense should then look to end the opportunity… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Dylan Pfingst

Under The Gun: Dylan Pfingst

April 18- Dylan Pfingst              William Peace University Pitching Coach On today’s edition of Under the Gun, we are joined at Dirtbags Baseball with Dylan Pfingst, who is an assistant coach with William Peace University in Raleigh, NC.   Now in your 3rd year with the baseball program at William Peace University, can you give us… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Colby Wilkerson

Testimonial Tuesday: Colby Wilkerson

Player:  Colby Wilkerson Date:  4/16/19 Some may notice that a work ethic has a general association with not only opportunities but also achievement.  One should count Colby Wilkerson, a 2020 shortstop from Kerr-Vance Academy, to be among those those that believe in a strong work ethic. With growing up on a farm, and knowing that… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review April 8-14 Goodman has Huge Day for Memphis Hunter Goodman went 4-5 with 3 R’s 3 RBI’s 1 HR and a 1 SB on Saturday in helping the tigers to 4a victory over UConn. Goodman is now hitting .354 and is leading Memphis in many offensive categories. Clarke drives in 8… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Leads & Reads

Instructional Friday: Leads & Reads

TOPIC:  2B LEADS & READS DATE:  4/12/19   In the game of baseball, when players offensively reach 2B they are considered to be in scoring position; one hit away perhaps from crossing the plate and giving their team a tally on the scoreboard.  Ways to get to this position of power are numerous. Yet many… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Jeff Davis

Testimonial Tuesday: Jeff Davis

PLAYER:  JEFFREY DAVIS Date:  4/9/19   The need for leadership is never exhausted.  All parts of society could benefit from more or better leadership.  It provides direction to a group, it provides a force to a goal. Leadership is a skill.  When someone with natural leadership skills steps up, people will often rally to get… Continue Reading

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Week in Review April 1-7 Dirtbags help Lead ECU to Series win over Houston Spencer Brickhouse, Turner Brown, Jake Washer and Ryder Giles combined to go 14-31 with 9 Runs, 15 RBI’s, 3 2B’s and 3 HR’s in a doubleheader sweep for the Pirates.  Lankfords Power helps lead Bulldogs Brandon Lankford hit two homeruns… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday – Throwing Drills

Instructional Friday – Throwing Drills

Date: April 6, 2019 By: Eric Leary The skill to catch and throw is foundational to the game of baseball.  Defensive game plans rely on the abilities of players to accurately, consistently deliver and receive the baseball.  This precision doesn’t come without a price, as players need to develop refined fundamentals and movements to execute… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Chris Hart

Under The Gun: Chris Hart

Date: April 4, 2019 By: Eric Leary As the Associate Head Coach at North Carolina State University, Chris Hart is a part of one of the best programs in the country. He will be our guest today on Under the Gun. First off, thanks for taking a few questions to let us learn more about… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Tucker Toman

Testimonial Tuesday: Tucker Toman

Date: April 2, 2019 By: Eric Leary Wisdom in baseball is often thought to be reserved for the seasoned veterans who have played the game or even coached it for a lifetime. Though a fair assumption under most circumstances, after a conversation with the left-handed hitting third baseman Tucker Toman, those stereotypes are deemed moot.… Continue Reading

Dirtbag Weekly RoundUp

Dirtbag Weekly RoundUp

Date: April 1, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Madole stays hot for Spartans Josh Madole went 7-16 with 3 Runs 1 2B and 1 RBI for UNCG this past week. He is now hitting .313 for the season and has not committed an error. Johnston Dominates for Wolfpack Reid Johnston threw a complete game shutout for… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Hitting In Count

Date: March 29, 2019 By: Eric Leary For hitters looking to maximize their plate performances with an edge should consider the adage, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” That’s because no matter how fine tuned a swing may be, the best results often go to those that understand when to swing. Hitting plans or… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Britt Johnson

Under The Gun: Britt Johnson

Date: March 28 By: Eric Leary We are joined today on Under the Gun with the recruiting coordinator from Appalachian State, Coach Britt Johnson. In his third season with the Mountaineers, Coach Johnson previously served as an assistant at Lander University under current ASU head coach Kermit Smith. As the 2019 season is underway, they… Continue Reading

Mandatory Workouts for North Carolina Dirtbag Showcase Players

We are holding mandatory workouts for Dirtbag players (South Carolina players will have a separate workout schedule, on dates that are to be determined) The workouts will be held at Southern Alamance High School located at 631 Southern High School Road, Graham, NC. Sunday, March 31 2020 graduates–  8:30 AM Check In Workout: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Garrett Chandler

Testimonial Tuesday: Garrett Chandler

Date: March 26, 2019 By: Eric Leary As the general manager of the Dirtbags and a coach of one of the top club’s in the country, Trey Daly has had the opportunity to be around plenty of top-notch performers on the baseball field. But when it comes to the preparations put in by those players… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Date: March 25, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Moreno Dominate for Panther Creek Koen Moreno 2020 ECU commit was dominate in his start on Tuesday. Moreno recorded 13 punchouts in 6 innings to help Panther Creek to Victory. Wilson almost completes perfect day on the mound and at the plate! AJ Wilson 2019 East Carolina commit… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Infield Play (Corners)

Instructional Friday: Infield Play (Corners)

Date: March 22, 2019 By: Eric Leary Infield play is about fielding ground balls, relaying throws from the outfield, and putting out runners either by tag or force.Instructionally, a lot of emphasis is often put on the middle infield positions of the shortstop and the second baseman. These spots demand players with deft glove skills… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Bo Robinson

Under The Gun: Bo Robinson

Date: March 21, 2019 By: Eric Leary Coach Bo Robinson of UNC-Charlotte joins us today on this edition of Under the Gun.  A former ‘49er himself where he enjoyed a stellar career, Coach Robinson has been a part of the UNC-C staff since 2012 and reaching full-time status in 2014. Coach Robinson, share with us… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler Dean

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler Dean

Date: March 19, 2019 By: Eric Leary Leading by example. The last one to leave. Helping others get better. Hard work. Accountability.  Those are some of the phrases and terms used to describe the views of Tyler Dean of William Byrd High School in Vinton, Virginia. The 2021 middle infielder also added that it’s important… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Date: March 18, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Franklin provides relief for Western Carolina Zach Franklin went 7 innings striking out 6 and giving up 1 run in relief to pick up the win for the Catamounts this weekend. Franklin is 2-1 so far this year. Emmertz has a day for ETSU Colby Emmertz went 5… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Pitching (Balance)

Instructional Friday: Pitching (Balance)

Date: March 15, 2019 By: Eric Leary Conversations about what’s important as it concerns pitching can venture into different directions depending on who’s talking, the sub-topics, or the level of play. From the characteristics of a PITCH to the best programs for a pitcher to employ to foster performance, the debates can rage as to… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Tyler Jackson

Under The Gun: Tyler Jackson

Date: March 14, 2019 By: Eric Leary Today on Under the Gun, Dirtbags Baseball has Tyler Jackson with us, who is the hitting  at North Greenville University. Coach Jackson is in his fifth year with the Crusaders in 2019 as they are off to a solid season.   Coach, get us started with a look… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Jack Hicks

Testimonial Tuesday: Jack Hicks

Date: March 12, 2019 By: Eric Leary How does a player know where they stand vs. all the competition across the country? It’s when the head of one of the nation’s top organizations says that player is “one of the best hitters in the country.” Those are Andy Partin’s words in describing Jack Hicks, the… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Date: March 11, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Jarvis Dominates in Start for Duke Bryce Jarvis picked up his second win over the weekend when the Blue Devils took 2 of 3 from the Cavaliers to open up ACC play. Jarvis went 7 innings striking out 4 and not giving up an earned run. Noble Picks… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Base Running

Instructional Friday: Base Running

Date:  March 8, 2019 By: Eric Leary If knowledge is power, then knowing where the baseball is on the diamond while running the bases could put players into genius status. It is a critical element in making decisions and taking advantage of opportunities. This sometimes requires coaches and players to overcome long standing and often… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Billy Funk

Under The Gun: Billy Funk

Date: March 7, 2019 By: Eric Leary This week on Under the Gun, we are joined by Billy Funk, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisburg College. Coach Funk is in his first year with the Hurricanes in 2019 after two years at Wingate University.  At Louisburg he is overseeing infield play. Coach Funk, you’ve… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Nikko Andre

Testimonial Tuesday: Nikko Andre

Date: March 5, 2019 By: Eric Leary Knowing where you belong is a feeling that Nikko Andre can connect with on the baseball field and in life. The uncommitted 2020 catcher has played behind the plate since he was 6 years old and he knows he belongs behind the plate. In a recent conversation with… Continue Reading

Dirtbag Weekly Roundup

Dirtbag Weekly Roundup

Date: March 4, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Baseball is now in full swing from the professional ranks to high school level. Check out this week’s edition of Dirtbag weekly roundup.. Stellar Start For Roupp against #5 Ranked UNC Landen Roupp UNCW pitched 4.2 innings giving up only 3 hits while striking out 8 and not yielding… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Catchers (Throwing)

Instructional Friday: Catchers (Throwing)

Date: March 1, 2019 By: Eric Leary The conversation on the topic of a catcher’s ability to throw out stealing baserunners is riddled with a mix of myths and realities. In order to find some clarity in the discussion consider a few of these: Myth:  It is the single most important defensive skill employed by… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Needham

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Needham

Date: February 26, 2019 By: Eric Leary When MLB scouts rate players on their performance tools they use a grade system that ranges between 20 and 80. Anyone who has ever spent time with Drew Needham, or had a conversation with the 2020 left-handed hitting infielder, would probably agree his personality score should be an… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Dirtbags Weekly RoundUp

Date: February 25, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty With the high school baseball season starting up this week, college baseball well on its way and professional baseball cranking up its spring training.  A weekly digest is here to round up news related to past Dirtbags. Wood is Chanticleers spark plug Cory Wood hit .333 with 7… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Craig Cozart

Under The Gun: Craig Cozart

Date: February 21, 2019 By: Eric Leary The Dirtbags are fortunate to be joined by High Point University’s head coach Craig Cozart for this week’s Under the Gun. Coach Cozart, you are entering your 11th season at the helm of the Panther’s baseball program. Prior to coming to HPU, you spent time as a player… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Koen Moreno

Testimonial Tuesday: Koen Moreno

Date: February 19, 2019 By: Eric Leary Competitors love to compete. They are fueled by an urge to raise their game to its highest level to show they can be counted as among the best. Winning is a big deal, but competing is even a bigger deal to the true competitor. Koen Moreno is a… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Two Strike Hitting

Instructional Friday: Two Strike Hitting

Date: February 15, 2019 By: Eric Leary When prioritizing situations and responses routinely faced by hitters, the conversation must immediately turn to a two strike approach. Each batter needs have a well prepared and effective plan for this common occurrence. The ability to find consistent success with two strikes is a real skill that is… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Jeff Jefferson

Under The Gun: Jeff Jefferson

Date: February 14, 2019 By: Eric Leary We are very excited to have UNC-Pembroke assistant coach Jeff Jefferson with us for this edition of Under the Gun. Coach, you are in your 5th year with the Braves for the 2019 season and you also serve as the Recruiting Coordinator for UNCP. You played on some… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Practice vs In Game Reps

Coaches Corner: Practice vs In Game Reps

Date: February 14, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Baseball is a game of repetition. We hear that phrase used all the time by people in the industry. In order for you to develop yourself you have to spend time on things that will allow you to progress and get better over the course of your career.… Continue Reading

Meet The Staff: Roxann Markey

Meet The Staff: Roxann Markey

Date: February 13, 2019 Roxann Markey serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Dirtbags Baseball. Through her prior experiences in athletic administrative roles, Roxann provides the Dirtbags organization with a wealth of knowledge for what it takes to support high school baseball players achieve their goals. Her passion for organized athletics dates back to her… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Tyndall

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Tyndall

Date: February 12, 2019 By: Eric Leary Lessons learned from experiences have a way of carrying tremendous value in shaping the lives of those who allow those moments to be impactful. After a recent conversation with uncommitted 2021 Dirtbag Drew Tyndall of Ashley High School, it is obvious that he allows his  experiences to guide… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Definition of Motivation

Coaches Corner: Definition of Motivation

Date: February 11, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty As Baseball season is getting started throughout the majority of the country the question that needs to be asked is What is going to motivate you? We hear so many times in all sports about teams and individuals being motivated by certain things. It may be something said… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Infield Play

Instructional Friday: Infield Play

Date: February 8, 2019By: Eric Leary The dominant physical attribute when discussing the abilities of infielders is quite often the HANDS.  Fielders need soft hands to handle those hot shot grounders that scream across the infield dirt. They need strong hands to handle those escaping bounders that create the “tweener hop” or a liner in… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Dusty White

Under The Gun: Dusty White

Date: February 7, 2019By: Eric Leary We are lucky to have Wingate University pitching coach Dusty White on Under the Gun this week.  He is entering his 4th year with the program in 2019. Coming off a 34-19 season in 2018, how does this spring look to be shaping up and what are you most… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Catchers Throwing

Coaches Corner: Catchers Throwing

Date: February 7, 2019By: Brendan Dougherty We understand how important the position of Catcher is. The most important part of this position is in the name, CATCHER! In today’s baseball, we are so consumed in the pop time that we do not focus on the things that are often overlooked.   The catcher’s #1 job… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Ryan Wilson

Testimonial Tuesday: Ryan Wilson

Date: February 5, 2019 By: Eric Leary Sometimes putting things into the simplest of terms is the most accurate way to capture the brilliance of a concept. In a recent conversation with 2020 Dirtbag outfielder Ryan Wilson about what his expectations are for the upcoming season for the organization, he said, “Win.”  Asked again with… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: The Next 200 Feet

Coaches Corner: The Next 200 Feet

Date: February 4, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty We all know and understand how difficult baseball can be at times. It is game based on numbers and stats. We are always trying to compare different stats. Trying to focus on the next pitch or one pitch at time is very difficult. Players hear, “just keep hitting… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Situational Hitting

Instructional Friday: Situational Hitting

Date: February 1, 2019 By: Eric Leary Hitting a baseball is most definitely a skill.  With deception in the ball’s delivery, the variance in rates of speed from pitch to pitch, and the cartoon-like movement that some hurlers can put on the baseball, it should also be considered a difficult skill. And if the task… Continue Reading