Fall 2018 Dirtbags Showcase Tryout Dates Announced

DIRTBAG TRYOUT DATES:

Dirtbags will host 2018 tryouts on the dates listed below, 2019-2022 graduates are welcome. Please email Trey Daly (treydaly84@yahoo.com) in NC & Jon Walker in VA (jwalker.dirtbags@gmail.com) with any questions.

2018 Fall Tryouts posted below…

To register, please click the link below the tryout dates. 

**Cost: Pre-registration online $15 (must be registered at least 72 hours prior to tryout)
Walk-up registration $20

DIRTBAG TRYOUTS: (2019-2022 Grads)

DIRTBAG TRYOUT DATES:

Dirtbags will host 2018 tryouts on the dates listed below, 2019-2022 graduates are welcome. Please email Trey Daly (treydaly84@yahoo.com) in NC & Jon Walker in VA (jwalker.dirtbags@gmail.com) with any questions.

August 16, 2018
Elite Performance Indoor Academy
201 Eastwood Drive
Danville, VA 24541
Check In: 6:30 PM
For questions, please email: jwalker.dirtbags@gmail.com

August 18, 2018
North Myrtle Beach High School
3750 Sea Mountain Highway
Little River, SC 29566
Check In: 10:30 AM
Registration Link: http://thedirtbags.leagueapps.com/events/711997-fall-dirtbag-showcase-tryout-registration

August 26, 2018
Reagan High School
3750 Transou Road
Pfafftown, NC 27040
Check In: 2:00 PM
Registration Link: http://thedirtbags.leagueapps.com/events/711997-fall-dirtbag-showcase-tryout-registration 

To register for a tryout, please click the link below each event. Make sure to choose the tryout you plan to attend at registration. Payment will be required at the end of registration. 

9u – 14u Dirtbag Tryouts

8U-13U Tryouts
Questions: Contact Everett Hancock at dirtbagsyouth@gmail.com

Cost: Free 

July 15, 2018
Sugar Hollow Park (VA Tryout)
3600 Lee Hwy
Bristol, VA 24202
Ages 8u to 13u
Check in: 1:30 PM
Registration Link: http://thedirtbags.leagueapps.com/events/726121-dirtbags-tryout-july-15-at-sugar-hollow-park-va
For details on this tryout, contact Chandler Davis at (423) 340-1296 or email cdavis.dirtbags@gmail.com or jwalker.dirtbags@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Summerfield Athletic Park
5200 US Hwy 220
Summerfield, NC
Rising 13u Only
Check in: 5:30 PM
Registration link:
http://thedirtbags.leagueapps.com/events/704197-dirtbags-tryout-july-17-at-summerfield-athletic-park

Saturday, July 28, 2018
305 S. Lee St.
Benson, NC
Rising 11u Only
Tryout – 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Registration Link: http://thedirtbags.leagueapps.com/events/709291-dirtbags-tryout-july-28-in-benson-nc

Dirtbags Cup Schedule

Dirtbags Cook, Freijomil, Gold, Newton and Russell are all in action this upcoming weekend (June 9-10). Please find schedule and times below. We’re excited to get underway!

Field Locations:
Leonard Park: 624 Ballinger Rd. Greensboro, NC
Reagan High School: 3750 Transou Rd. Pfafftown, NC
Southern Alamance: 631 Southern High School Rd. Graham, NC

Saturday, June 9

Reagan High School
8:00      DB Newton (5) vs DB Russell (3)
10:15    DB Cook (0) vs  DB Gold (7)
12:45    DB Freijomil (4) vs DB Russell (4)
3:00      DB Gold (6) vs DB Freijomil (5)

Leonard Park
2:00      DB Newton (0) vs DB Cook (3)

Sunday, June 10

Southern Alamance
8:00     DB Cook vs DB Freijomil
10:15   DB Russell vs DB Gold
12:30   DB Russell vs DB Cook
2:45   DB Freijomil vs DB Newton
5:00  DB Gold vs DB Newton

Under The Gun: JD Poetzsch

Name: JD Poetzsch
Age: 32
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
College: N.C. State
Started with Dirtbags: Summer 2017

How long have you been coaching at Southern Alamance?

5 years

What subject do you teach at Southern Alamance?

Civics & Economics, AP Psychology

What made you want to get involved with Dirtbags baseball?

I wanted to be involved with a passionate program with tradition. It is great to be involved with the Dirtbags because you are surrounded by people who live the game.

How has your experience been coaching with the Dirtbags?

I’ve really enjoyed coaching with the Dirtbags because of the people. From the leadership with Andy and Trey, to the other coaches, and down into the players there is an attitude and passion for this game that I haven’t seen anywhere else. When you are around other Dirtbags you know you are getting their absolute best all the time and it helps to bring out your absolute best too.

What’s one thing you didn’t know about the Dirtbags that you know now since being involved in it?

I had no idea how rapidly the organization grow. These guys are always working on putting the best product on the field for Dirtbags.

When you hear the word “Dirtbags” what comes to mind?

Passion, winning, camo.

What’s your message you try to install in the Dirtbags players?

You only have so long to play this game. Enjoy every rep, every AB, every game and do it to the very best of your ability.

Most memorable game coaching with the Dirtbags?

Beating MSI in my first game at Perfect Game last summer.

What are you looking forward to the most about the Dirtbags summer?

Getting to play hard nosed baseball with a new group of young men, teaching them what I know, and growing in the game.

Stay tuned for another exciting “Under The Gun” interview coming up on Monday..

Under The Gun: Jacob Baker

Name: Jacob Baker
Age: 26
Hometown: Garner, North Carolina
College: Elon University
Started w Dirtbags: 2014

You’re back home as the pitching coach at Garner High School, what does it mean to you to coach and play at the same place?

Coaching at the same place I played gives me a chance to carry on the traditions that were instilled in me as a kid.  I always felt that Garner was a special place and do my best to make sure future players feel the same way.

Garner High School has a bright future ahead, what do you attribute the recent success to?

Garner has been very good because we have a consistent coaching staff that is dedicated to making our guys better. Coach Goffena has always communicated high expectations from his players and our guys have really stepped up to the challenge.  We also have had a strong group of young players who have contributed to our success and set the standard.

You being a pitching guy, what’s your message to your pitchers?

The best pitchers are even keel.  Don’t let your failures haunt you, and don’t let your achievements cloud your head.  Be confident and always focus on the task at hand.

Talk about playing for the Dirtbags, now coaching. What does it mean to you?

The Dirtbags helped give me an opportunity to go play baseball at the next level. I want to dedicate my time to helping players reach their goals as well.

You have played and coached some very good players in the Dirtbags. What does each player have in common?

Most of those great players all have been some of the best teammates.  They typically have been the hardest workers as well.

When you hear the word Dirtbag? What comes to mind?

A Dirtbag is more of a mindset than it is a mascot. Dirtbags play the game the right way, and they play the game hard. Dirtbags hold themselves to high expectations.

What’s one thing most people on the outside don’t know about the Dirtbags?

Most people don’t know that the Dirtbags do everything they can to get guys to college. Some other programs just treat it as a Summer/Fall deal, the Dirtbags are fully invested year around. The guys on staff work tirelessly to help each player get to his highest possible level.

Talk about how Andy Partin and the Dirtbags helped you as a player?

Playing under Andy with the Dirtbags, he taught me how to trust my preparation and approach every game with confidence.  You can play with intensity while also staying even keel.

What are you looking forward to the most about the 2018 summer?

I’m looking forward to watching the growth of this 2020 group since last summer.  I’m also looking forward to my 4th straight year alongside Trey Daly.

For future Dirtbags, what’s your message to them?

Work hard when no one else is watching, be a selfless teammate, and put in your best effort every single day.

Best player you have coached in the Dirtbags? Best player you have played with in the Dirtbags?

Coached: Angel Zarate (’17 UNC OF), Nolan McLean (’20, Uncommitted)

Played with: Matt Roberts  & Connor Narron

Stay tuned for another exciting, “Under The Gun” interview coming up on Monday..

Under The Gun: Brett Banks

Name: Brett Banks
High School: Garner
Graduation: 2019
Position: RHP
Years with Dirtbags: 2
College Commitment: East Carolina University

Garner is starting to play well this time of year and had a big win Friday night, what do you attribute this to?

Our coaching staff and players put in a lot of hard work this past week at practice working on the little things. We’re trying to maintain what we’ve had going on this regular season into the playoffs and we’ve just been trying to stay positive, play with energy and compete every game going forward.

We interviewed Jacob Baker on Friday (Garner Pitching Coach and Dirtbag Coach). How has Baker made you a better player?

Coach Baker has definitely contributed to a lot of my success and most of it coming from pushing me to play at my full potential. Even just throwing a bullpen or a flat ground, he’s always teaching me new things to make me a better player. He’s taught me a lot about maintaining confidence in all pitched and letting my mechanics work on the mound.

For those who haven’t seen Brett Banks play, describe yourself as a baseball player?

I believe I’m definitely a high motor player, I like to play with a lot of energy and I like helping my teammates succeed as much as possible.

How did you get involved playing with the Dirtbags?

I got involved playing with the Dirtbags after my sophomore season. Dirtbag coaches have watched me pitch a lot and I knew they were a winning organization that I definitely wanted to be a part of.

Why did you choose the Dirtbags?

I chose to play with the Dirtbags because not only are you playing with the one of the hardest working organizations in NC, you are playing with the most talented group of players at the highest level of baseball. You play baseball the Dirtbags way and you’re giving it 100% every game.

What are you looking forward to most about the summer with the Dirtbags?

I’m definitely looking forward to playing with Coach Andy Partin this summer and playing with one of the top teams in the country and just going out there and competing and winning games.

When you hear Dirtbags Baseball, what comes to mind?

I think about playing hard, getting dirty and giving it your all 110% percent every game, nothing less.

Who’s the best player you have played with while playing with the Dirtbags?

Connor Monroe (2020, NC State Commit)

What’s one thing you have learned while playing with the Dirtbags?

So far I have learned to go out there on the mound and let my stuff work. Pitch with confidence and don’t give up on yourself.

What’s your best memory of playing with the Dirtbags so far?

Pitching at ECU and doing a solid 5 innings of work.

What drew you to the Dirtbags program?

What brought me into the Dirtbags was definitely the things Trey Daly and Andy Partin can do for you. They got me recruited by lots of school and helped me accomplish my ultimate goal of committing to a Division I University to play baseball.

If Brett Banks could travel the world for one day, where would you go and why?

I would go to Hawaii and swim with dolphins and relax on the beach.

Stay tuned for another exciting “Under The Gun Interview” coming up on Thursday..

Under The Gun: Tyler Drew

Name: Tyler Drew
Age: 26
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
College: UNC-Wilmington
Started with Dirtbags: 2015

Southern Lee had a great 2018 season, what do you attribute the success to?

Two things: a team first attitude and a never give up mentality. Everyone on this team, has put the team goals over their individual goals. Anyone on this team will do whatever role their called to do as long as it helps the team. Also this team never quits. No matter what inning or what the score is, this team believes that they are going to win. It has been a very fun year here at Southern Lee.

How long have you been coaching at Southern Lee?

This will be my third season at Southern Lee, and I have enjoyed every minute I have been here.

What subject do you teach at Southern Lee?

I teach math of various levels.

What made you want to get with the Dirtbags?

I wanted an opportunity to be apart of a great baseball organization. The Dirtbags do things the right way, all the time. They have built an incredible name for themselves, and I just wanted an opportunity to be a part of that.

How has your experience been coaching with the Dirtbags?

Fantastic! I have had the opportunity to coach some great players and coach in some great venues, that would not have an option with other organizations.

What’s one thing you didn’t know about the Dirtbags that you know now since been on board with them?

The Dirtbags are a family. Just because you on a different team than someone, doesn’t mean you are alienated from them. No matter what team or what age group, the Dirtbags are a family. Also all the coaches of the organization work collectively to help ensure all of their players take the next step in their baseball careers. Every coach in the Dirtbags organization works tirelessly to help the players achieve at the highest level.

When you hear the word Dirtbag what comes to mind?

The best, the absolute best. If you want to be a part of the best, then you better play for the Dirtbags.

For players out there thinking about joining the Dirtbags, what’s your message to them?

Always give 100%, 100% of the time. The moment you slack off, is the moment when you get passed. The Dirtbags don’t accept anything less than 100% from their players.

What are you looking forward to the most about the summer with the Dirtbags?

I am looking forward to heading down to Atlanta for the Perfect Game WWBA and making some noise down there.

Stay tuned for another exciting “Under The Gun” interview coming up tomorrow..

Under The Gun: Todd Griffin

Name: Todd Griffin
Age: 23
Hometown: Weaverville, NC
College: Mars Hill University
Started with Dirtbags: 2015

How did you get involved coaching baseball?

I got involved in coaching when my career as a player ended. I had a shoulder injury in college that ended my playing career and I wanted a way to stay in the game that I love. Coach Matt Landreth gave me an opportunity and I haven’t looked back since.

Talk about your career as a player?

I played at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, NC. I was a Pitcher and Infielder on back to back conference championship teams, including a trip to the Final Four in 2012. After High School, I went on to play at Mars Hill University before my career was cut short from a shoulder injury.

What do you know now as a coach that you wish you would’ve known back then?

I think coaching you realize how much effort and time was poured into you as a player by so many people. The money and time your parents spent trying to give you the best opportunities is something you don’t fully realize until your playing career comes to an end. Also, how much the coaches truly cared for you, and the time they spent away from their families to give you the best experience possible. Extremely grateful for all the coaches who poured into my life through baseball.

What does Dirtbags baseball mean to you?

Dirtbags to me is family. From players, coaches, and everyone involved. When you know someone who was a Dirtbag or see someone reppin’ that skull logo, you automatically have a strong bond because of what the Dirtbags stand for. It’s tradition that only those involved can explain.

When did you start with the Dirtbags?

I started with the Dirtbags in the Summer of 2015.

When you hear the word Dirtbag, what comes to mind?

When I hear the word Dirtbag, I think of tradition. From the great players, past and present, there is a tradition of excellence throughout the entire organization. You know without a doubt if they are part of the Dirtbags they are going to give you everything they got, on and off the field.

What’s one thing most people on the outside don’t know about the Dirtbags?

I really don’t think anyone understands the time and effort that each member of the Dirtbags put in. All fall, winter, spring, and summer they are trying to find a way to make the organization better. They have the best players and coaches in the country because they out work everyone else.

What are you looking forward to the most about the Dirtbags summer?

I’m looking forward to getting out there and competing our tails off against some of the best teams in the country, with a group of players that have one common goal. Nothing beats a summer with the Bags.

What’s one piece of advice you try to instill in the Dirtbag players you coach?

One thing I always try to instill in my Dirtbag players is work ethic. If you want it, go get it, and don’t get out worked for it. This is something that will carry over into everything you do in life.

Stay tuned for another exciting “Under The Gun” interview coming up on Friday..

Under The Gun: Jere Morton

Name: Jere Morton
Age: 32
Hometown: Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
College: Lenoir CC, North Carolina State (BS), UNC-Charlotte (Mat)
Started with Dirtbags: 2017

How has your season gone as the Head Coach of Broughton High School?

Our season has been big for us in a lot of ways despite some difficult losses.  We have taken a step forward as a program to locally earn some respect of our opponents and to show the kids in our program we can compete on a big stage.

What message do you try to instill in your players?

The message that I try to instill in my players is to play with no regrets and enjoy the opportunity they have to play this game.

What made you want to get into coaching?

I love the game and was surrounded by coaches from a young age, most notably my father who played baseball at NC State and coached American Legion baseball when I was young.

You coached in college for a few years, how was that?

I coached at Wake Tech CC and it was a blast. Getting the chance to work with some blue collar ball players on that level was a lot of fun. Coaching in college opened up a lot of networking opportunities for me as well.

What made you want to get involved with Dirtbags baseball?

I wanted to get involved with the Dirtbags because of the leadership at the top of the program with Andy and Trey.  I have known them for years and know that they refuse to lose and love to compete. They also see the value in helping kids reach their dreams but being realistic with those kids about level of play they can manage.

Talk a little bit about the relationships you have made while coaching with the Dirtbags?

The coaches- These dudes are passionate about what they do.  Many of them coach in other places, have families, full-time jobs, etc. but when they put on the Dirtbag uniform, nothing else matters.  I’ve met some really good guys and have learned a lot from them.

The players- It’s a little different than your school players because the Dirtbags guys are guys you see a couple months at a time and not year round.  However, getting to know young men from different programs across the state has really been special. I have enjoyed getting to know all my ‘Bags along with their families.

How long have you been involved with the Dirtbags?

Summer 2017/Fall 2017 was my first season. I have been a fan of these guys forever and kept up with their success from staying in touch with Trey over the years.

What’s one thing you didn’t know about the Dirtbags that you know now since being involved in it?

The Dirtbags coaches are a family and are a top reason kids should invest their time and abilities into the organization.  These guys are in it for the right reasons. They are constantly supporting and pushing one another in whatever they are doing – whether  its winning high school baseball games, projecting the NCHSAA playoffs, getting engaged, etc. These guys love what they do and are like brothers.

When you hear the word “Dirtbags” what comes to mind?

Competitors.

Most memorable game coaching with the Dirtbags?

Being robbed of beating the Banditos in WWBA last summer. We got after it and fell short at the end against one of the top teams in the country.

What are you looking forward to the most about the summer?

Traveling to some bigtime events and getting to know my roster as people and not just guys that can play baseball.

Best player you have coached with the Dirtbags?

Either, Nate Essick (‘19) or Phillip Berger (‘19).

Stay tuned for another exciting, “Under The Gun” interview coming up tomorrow..

Under The Gun: Will James

Name: Will James
Age: 27
Hometown: Greenville, North Carolina
College: Guilford
Started with Dirtbags: 2013

Talk about your playing days and how you got started in baseball?

I grew up being very competitive and started playing baseball at an early age. I played High School baseball at DH Conley, then went on to pitch at Guilford College.

You’re the pitching coach for Ayden Grifton High School, how long have you been doing that?

Been coaching at Ayden Grifton ever since I graduated from Guilford College in 2013.

What made you want to get into coaching?

I started coaching because I love the game of baseball from every aspect.  I had many great coaches over the years that influenced my life. My goal coaching is to make a difference in a player’s life.

What’s your philosophy on pitching? What do you tell your pitchers?

Focus on good mechanics while also allowing them to develop their own style. The approach I tell my pitchers is to attack each hitter and focus on one pitch at a time. The most important pitch is the next pitch.

What made you want to get involved with Dirtbags Baseball?

Dirtbags Baseball is the best of the best, and being able to coach in the best showcase organization in the country is an honor.

How long have you been involved with the Dirtbags?

I have been with the Dirtbags since the Summer of 2013.

What’s your message you try to install in the Dirtbags players?

Play like a Dirtbag, you never know who is watching. I preach max effort because that’s the Dirtbag way.

When you hear the word “Dirtbags” what comes to mind?

Best organization around that is well respected

Most memorable game coaching with the Dirtbags?

Playing at Lynchburg College in a semifinal game tied 0-0 after 5 and it started raining, making the field unplayable.  We then finished the game across town at Liberty University and won 2-0 in extra innings over Dirtbags All Black on way to winning the championship. Got to beat the best to be the best.

What are you looking forward to the most about the summer?

Competing and helping future players take their talents to the next level.

Best player you have coached with the Dirtbags?

Cory Wood (2016 Dirtbag Captain and current Coastal Carolina University infielder).

Stay tuned for another exciting “Under The Gun” interview coming up tomorrow…

 

 

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