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

College Coach Camp Information (June 12)

We are excited to host the Dirtbags College Coach Camp on June 12th at Guilford College in Greensboro. Please find schedule and information below… Date: Wednesday, June 12th Location: Guilford College Address: 5800 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro NC 27410 Time: 10 AM – 2 PM Check In: 9:30 AM What do I wear? Class of… 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

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

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