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

Coaches Corner: Outfield Absolutes

Coaches Corner: Outfield Absolutes

Date: January 31, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Outfield Play, in my opinion, is one of the most under coached positions in baseball. There is not a huge priority set on playing the outfield. Just put a fast guy or a guy with a huge arm out there and let them run balls down or throw… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Jeff Palumbo

Under The Gun: Jeff Palumbo

Date: January 31, 2019 By: Eric Leary Coach Palumbo thanks for your time in going Under the Gun with the Dirtbags! Each year we see East Carolina baseball continue to get better. What are the ingredients for this success of the Pirate program? When the current coaching staff at East Carolina came together for the… Continue Reading

Meet The Staff: JD Poetzsch

Meet The Staff: JD Poetzsch

Date: January 30, 2019 Name: JD Poetzsch Current Southern Alamance High School Assistant Coach Coached with Dirtbags for 2 years What made you want to get involved with the Dirtbags? Passion and production made me want to get involved with the Dirtbags. It is the best name in NC baseball and I couldn’t wait to… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: CJ Boyd

Testimonial Tuesday: CJ Boyd

Date: January 29, 2019 By: Eric Leary Making a positive first impression can go a long way into providing opportunities no matter a person’s goals, ambitions, or expectations.  It goes beyond skills and uncovers for those watching a true picture of the individual’s character. It is one thing to know this and quite another to… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Compared To What

Coaches Corner: Compared To What

Date: January 28, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty Everything that we hear today is that kids are entitled and it’s too easy for them to just quit or jump from team to team when things just are not going his or her way. I agree that there is way too much of that going on, but… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Catching (Blocking)

Instructional Friday: Catching (Blocking)

Date: January 25, 2019 By: Eric Leary In prioritizing skills for catchers one could find all sorts of lists and opinions as to how skills rank in importance. Guys with big arms & low POP times get a lot of attention because they can shut down the running game. Some gurus lean towards the true… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner:  Team vs. Me At Bats

Coaches Corner: Team vs. Me At Bats

Date: January 24, 2019 By: Brendan Dougherty The hardest thing to do in sports is to hit a round ball with a round bat that sometimes is traveling any where from 95-100 MPH. Baseball is an individual sport wrapped into a team game. We are constantly measuring how good a player is by his individual… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Will James

Under The Gun: Will James

Date: January, 24, 2019 By: Eric Leary Our very own Dirtbag coach Will James will be Under the Gun today.  Will has been with the program as a coach since 2013. His teams routinely exhibit the same dedication and enthusiasm he employs while mentoring from the dugout. So let’s get started and get to the… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Jacob Jenkins-Cowart

Testimonial Tuesday: Jacob Jenkins-Cowart

Date: 1/22/19 By: Eric Leary Graduation: 2021 Position: INF College Commitment: East Carolina University The ability of a person to recognize what is important and stay rooted in those values is a quality that can be described as sometimes lacking when evaluating society today.  Not so with Jacob Jenkins-Cowart, a left-handed hitting first baseman, who… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Having a Belief and Confidence

Coaches Corner: Having a Belief and Confidence

Date: 1/21/19 By: Brendan Dougherty When a player is struggling, we often hear that he just needs a little confidence. In a game that is built around failing more than you succeed it, is difficult to maintain confidence. The ups and downs that baseball has can be difficult. The brain is very complex and it… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Outfield Play

Instructional Friday: Outfield Play

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY 1/18/19 OUTFIELD PLAY By Eric Leary Long gone are the days when the outfield was a place where coaches tried to hide a player who lacked defensive prowess but excelled at the plate.  Be assured coaches still want defenders on the backend that can swing the pole, but expectations for those guys to… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Offensive Plan

Coaches Corner: Offensive Plan

Date: 1/17/19 By: Brendan Dougherty Baseball is a game that is always changing and evolving. We are seeing that more so now more that ever. We have the ability to gather more information than we ever thought possible. We have arguments on all forms of social media about what is better the data or the… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Mike Current

Under The Gun: Mike Current

Date: January 17, 2019 By: Eric Leary Thanks for your time Coach Current to go Under the Gun with the Dirtbags.  Can you take us through your journey of coaching at the college level? Ever since I was in high school, my dream was to coach college baseball at the Division I level.  I was… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Connor Fuhrman

Testimonial Tuesday: Connor Fuhrman

Date: 1/15/19 By: Eric Leary Graduation: 2022 Position: OF College Commitment: University of South Carolina It became very clear in speaking with Connor Fuhrman of Lord Botetourt High School that his views on enjoying two of his favorite activities have plenty of similarities.  He loves to play baseball. And he also loves to fish. On… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Mental Game Monday Routines

Coaches Corner: Mental Game Monday Routines

Coaches Corner: Mental Game Monday – Routine vs. Superstition Date: 1/14/2019 By Brendan Dougherty You hear so many times in all sports but especially in baseball “Control what you can control”. When you are watching the elite players in any sport, why do they look like they are never under stress or the moment is… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Pitching Grips

Instructional Friday: Pitching Grips

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY – 1/11/19 PITCHING – HOW TO GET A “GRIP” ON PITCHES By: Eric Leary Pitchers and pitching coaches have a laundry list of physical and mental boxes to check in order to ready a young hurler for consistent result on the mound.  Everything from the delivery to the arm strength, to the pitching… Continue Reading

Meet The Staff: Brendan Dougherty

Meet The Staff: Brendan Dougherty

Date: 1/9/19 For our first episode of “Meet The Staff” we sat down with South Carolina Director Brendan Dougherty. Dougherty has coached at many levels of baseball over his young career, including a 17 year stint in the college game. Learn more about Coach Dougherty below.. Take us back, how did you get started in… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Angular Throwing Drill

Coaches Corner: Angular Throwing Drill

Date: 1/10/19 By: Brendan Dougherty The majority of errors made throughout the course of a season or even a game is throwing. If you watch any MLB, high level college or high school game there are many guys out on the field with plus arms. If you watch closely see how many times, they throw… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Hunter Ridge

Under The Gun: Hunter Ridge

Date: 1/10/19 By: Eric Leary For today’s episode of “Under The Gun” we sat down with North Moore High School Head Baseball Coach Hunter Ridge. Coach Ridge has also been coaching with the Dirtbag organization since 2015. As a coach with the Dirtbags, we know you played college baseball at UNC-Wilmington. Take us through the… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Alden Kolessar

Testimonial Tuesday: Alden Kolessar

Date: 1/8/19 By: Eric Leary Graduation: 2020 Position: OF Baseball coaches want players to play with energy. Positive energy can spread through a team and catapult players into performances that unleash their talents or even operate above them.  With coaches always looking for players who can be that source for the energy, uncommitted outfielder Alden… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: Mental Game

Coaches Corner: Mental Game

Coaches Corner: Mental Game (1/7/19) By: Brendan Dougherty In today’s game the best players are always looking for an advantage. We have so much information at our hands and it really comes down to how we use the information and apply it to our own game. Something that may work for one player may not… Continue Reading

Distribution of Pitching Innings

Distribution of Pitching Innings

By: Andy Partin Every college program is different the way they handle their pitching staff. Some schools rely on less arms and have them throw more innings and others use more arms and have them throw less innings. If a coaching staff tends to rely heavily on 6-8 pitchers throughout the season it’s going to… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Base Running

Instructional Friday: Base Running

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY 1/4/19 BASE RUNNING Players wanting to bring value to themselves by making their team better should look no further than finding ways to help the team score more runs. Working on base running skills can go a long way towards improvement in that area. Of course, getting faster can be a key element… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Jerry Edwards

Under The Gun: Jerry Edwards

Date: January 3, 2019 We are so excited to have you share with us today in our Under the Gun segment.  Tell us a little about how you got into coaching college baseball and where have you spent some time in your journey. I started at North Carolina Wesleyan College. I was coaching and teaching… Continue Reading

Coaches Corner: High Level Catch

Coaches Corner: High Level Catch

HIGH LEVEL CATCH Anytime you are talking about teams that win championships in any sport you always hear the term “Defense Wins Championships”. If you are going to start looking at the best teams in baseball you have to begin by looking at how they play defense. The majority of teams at any level, MLB,… Continue Reading

Custom Dirtbags Woodwork

Custom Dirtbags Woodwork

These beautiful 36 inch pieces are now available in three different color combos and are hand-cut and hand-painted by a former Dirtbags player. Delivery time is 2-4 weeks. Shop Now Continue Reading

10 Things to Consider About Schools When Deciding

10 Things to Consider About Schools When Deciding

By: Andy Partin Where you decide to go to college is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. I’ve come up with a list of 10 factors to weigh out and consider when deciding on the school (not the athletic program). The School Things to weigh out and consider (in no particular order):… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Ben Sieracki

Testimonial Tuesday: Ben Sieracki

Date: 1-1-19 Graduation: 2020 Position: RHP It is the finest of craftsmen that see the value of their work.  They hone their skills and relish every opportunity to better themselves.  So it is with 2020 right-handed pitcher Ben Sieracki of Rocky Mount High School.  Laboring for the long haul with the end in mind has… Continue Reading

ROXANN MARKEY NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Dirtbags Baseball owner Andy Partin has announced that Roxann Markey has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Dirtbags Baseball program. “I’m very pleased to announce Roxann Markey will now serve as the COO of Dirtbags Baseball, LLC,” owner and CEO Andy Partin stated. “Roxann is extremely talented and has grown in to an outstanding… Continue Reading

Instructional Friday: Catching

Instructional Friday: Catching

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY 12/28/18 CATCHING: RECEIVING It has been said that pitching is the most important asset for a baseball team.  Many championship clubs have been built on pitching and defense. Well, consider an often overlooked necessity to facilitate a quality staff – the catcher. Translation – the catcher is real important. In talking to coaches… Continue Reading

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY: INFIELD PLAY

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY: INFIELD PLAY

INSTRUCTIONAL FRIDAY (12/21/18) INFIELD PLAY Coaches love practice.  Of course games are fun because of the competition and strategy to try to win.  But it’s at practice where a coaches put their mark on players, on the team, and ultimately on the culture of the program.  It becomes a practical classroom for teaching and instruction.… Continue Reading

Testimonal Tuesday: Hogan Stallings

Testimonal Tuesday: Hogan Stallings

Article Date: 12/18/18 Graduation: 2020 Position: 1B If performance is tied to the confidence in a player knowing exactly who they are and what they can do, then look for Hogan Stallings to be tearing it up as baseball season begins in the spring. After a conversation with the left-handed hitting first baseman from Wake… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Announce 8u-13u Tryouts for 2019 Spring/Summer Season

DIRTBAG 8u – 13u TRYOUT DATES: Dirtbags will host tryouts for the 2019 Spring/Summer season on the dates listed below for 8u-13u graduates. Please email Everett Hancock at dirtbagsyouth@gmail.com or Logan Koch at DirtbagsStrong@gmail.com. If any 8u or 9u players are interested in tryouts, please contact Everett or Logan directly via the email addresses above. 2019… Continue Reading

2019 Dirtbag Tryouts

DIRTBAG TRYOUT DATES: Dirtbags will host tryouts for the 2019 Summer/Fall season on the dates listed below, 2020-2024 graduates are welcome. Please email Trey Daly (treydaly84@yahoo.com) in NC & Jon Walker in VA (jwalker.dirtbags@gmail.com) with any questions. 2019 Summer/Fall Tryouts are below… To Register for a tryout, click the link below the tryout you are registering… Continue Reading

Logan Koch Joins Full-Time Dirtbags Staff 

5 year Dirtbags alum Logan Koch has joined the Dirtbags full-time staff. The Charlotte, NC native will help lead player development at the Dirtbags Baseball Training Center in Burlington, NC as well as help pilot the middle school Dirtbags, assist with instructional camps and other day to day operations. Koch was the starting catcher on… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Clay Dilday

Name: Clay Dilday High School: Western Guilford Graduation: 2019 Position: INF/RHP Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted How has the High School baseball season gone for you in 2018?      Great and fun, I have been playing well and hoping we can make a run in the playoffs. For those that haven’t seen you play,… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Andrew Potojecki

Name: Andrew Potojecki High School: Chatham (VA) Graduation: 2019 Position: RHP Years with Dirtbags: 3 College Commitment: Longwood University How has your High School season been so far? The high school season has been good so far. I’ve just been trying to do what I can on the mound and as a leader to benefit… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Tanner Garrison

Name: Tanner Garrison High School: Cardinal Newman (SC) Graduation: 2019 Position: Catcher Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted How was your offseason? What part of your game did you work on? I had a great offseason. I mainly focused on my speed and strength. Spent a lot of time in the weight room and… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Jackson Mitchell

Name: Jackson Mitchell High School: Garner Graduation: 2020 Position: Infielder Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted How’s the season been going for Garner High School? The season has been going well; we have a (15-4) record in a very tough conference. As a baseball player, what are your attributes? As a player my attributes… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Digest

Another week has passed with Dirtbags making news at all levels of baseball. Here’s a roundup of who’s been in the headlines over the last week, continuing the Dirtbag legacy. Two Dirtbags make commitments A pair of Dirtbags have found their colleges as they pursue a higher education and continue their playing days. Fuquay Varina… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Drew Tyndall

Name: Drew Tyndall High School: Ashley Graduation: 2021 Position: INF/C Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted What’s the biggest change you have had to make as a Freshman in High School?  I have always been a utility player but for the last few years I have primarily been behind the plate. During this past… Continue Reading

The vision of the Dirtbags’ youth program

It can be easy to do, but for any leader, executive, or common man trying to have success at any level, it’s important not to mistake busyness for productivity. Just tending to a task doesn’t automatically make it the right task to allocate time and resources to. Likewise, simply moving doesn’t mean one is moving… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Xander Hamilton

Name: Xander Hamilton High School: Broughton Graduation: 2019 Position: RHP/OF Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Virginia Tech Your season is in full swing and Broughton High School is starting to play well, what do you attribute the recent success to? I contribute to our success to the fact that we’re coming together this year. This… Continue Reading

Former Dirtbags leading their teams as freshmen

The Division I college baseball season is two months old, with the homestretch in sight. As teams fight for conference crowns and jockey for positioning in the NCAA Tournament, several programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southeast are enjoying strong rookie seasons from former Dirtbags. Performing in ways which would have opposing coaches question their freshman… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Dylan Mauldin

Name: Dylan Mauldin High School: Ashbrook Graduation: 2019 Position: OF Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted What’s the strength of the 2018 Ashbrook baseball team? The strength of the 2018 Ashbrook baseball team is experience. We have many guys who have played the game for a long time and they know what to do,… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Michael Smith

Name: Michael Smith High School: New Bern Graduation: 2019 Position: INF/RHP Years with the Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted Heading into the second part of the High School season at New Bern, what are you looking to accomplish? I’m looking to keep getting better and help my team as much as I can. We got… Continue Reading

Reid Won’t Settle in Second Dirtbag Summer

There’s a natural tendency to take a pause, exhale, and admire the work done when an accomplishment is achieved. After all of the labor, sweat, and sometimes blood and tears that go into arriving at a major milestone or having a grand project finished, a break is deserved to appreciate where one is now compared… Continue Reading

25 Former Dirtbags Begin Minor League Season

With minor league baseball seasons underway throughout the country, across 16 Major League Baseball organizations, 25 former Dirtbags have been assigned to full-season affiliates. Dirtbags will be found on minor league diamonds stretching from the Coastal Plains of Wilmington, all the way out to the heart of northern California in Sacramento. Led by 10 players… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Digest

With the Major League Baseball race for October underway, the college season at its midpoint and Dirtbags around the Carolinas continuing to impress, here’s the latest Dirtbags Weekly Digest with the organization well-represented at each level. Wilson dominant on Wednesday against Walkerton A week after fellow East Carolina commit, and Dirtbags teammate, Cody Benton shined… Continue Reading