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

Under The Gun: Logan Palma

Name: Logan Palma High School: Summerville (SC) Graduation: 2020 Position: C/OF/RHP Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted How has the High School started off? My high school season is off to a great start. We won the Rotary preseason tournament and are currently 7-1. Who’s your biggest rival in High School baseball? Our biggest… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Brendan Bagwell

Name: Brendan Bagwell High School: Providence Graduation: 2020 Position: Catcher Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted What parts of your game did you work on this offseason? This off-season I worked on the offensive part of my game specifically the mechanics of my swing and staying balanced at the plate. For those that haven’t… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Cameron O’Brien

Name: Cameron O’Brien High School: Heritage Graduation: 2019 Position: Catcher Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted How has the spring season started off at Heritage High School? Our 2018 season at Heritage has started off well, but there is still a lot of room for our team to improve and get better as the… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Weekly Digest

With the high school season underway, college baseball reaching it’s midway point and professional baseball starting, a weekly digest is here to round up news related to current and past Dirtbags. Benton dominates on Monday East Carolina-commit Cody Benton started the week with a dominant performance. Against East Columbus, the West Columbus 2019 right-handed pitcher… Continue Reading

Mason Hickman Named SEC Pitcher of the Week

Few college programs can rival Vanderbilt when it comes to producing top professional pitchers. Sonny Gray, Mike Minor, and David Price, are just a few ex-Commodores that have pitched and enjoyed success at the highest level. Little more than one month into his collegiate career, an ex-Dirtbag is making his case to join Vanderbilt’s long… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Tyler McDaniel

Name: Tyler McDaniel High School: West Forsyth Graduation: 2020 Position: INF/RHP Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted How is your sophomore year going over at West Forsyth High School? It’s going very well we’ve started off 7-1 and the school in general is going well too. Noticed you played football this fall, how do… Continue Reading

Daly’s Drive Keeps the Dirtbags at the Top

College coaches expect the Dirtbags to have the best players in the Mid-Atlantic states. Opponents know they’re in for a battle when they see the Dirtbags on the schedule. But most importantly, parents and players expect the Dirtbags to be there for them and help them achieve their dreams, and that’s what fuels General Manager… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Scotty Diekman

Name: Scotty Diekman High School: Lake Norman Graduation: 2019 Position: Outfielder Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted Lake Norman has a strong team this year, what are some of your goals in 2018? Some goals I have this year as far as my high school season are that I would like to improve my… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Logan Willard

Name: Logan Willard High School: Reidsville Graduation: 2019 Position: Catcher Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted Entering in 2018 and your junior year in High School what are your personal goals as a baseball player? My personal goals for the 2018 season is to just focus on being the most consistent player I can… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Matt Kemp

Name: Matt Kemp High School: Randleman Graduation: 2020 Position: INF/RHP Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted Describe Matt Kemp as a person off the field? I’m a hard worker in the classroom. My grades are a huge part of getting me to where I want to go. I know you’re a pretty strong academic… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Matt Kemp

Division I contact period begins

We’re officially two weeks into Division I baseball’s spring recruiting contact period. And with the North Carolina high school baseball season officially one month old, it’s the perfect time to go over the recruiting calendar. We’ll take a look at what the different periods means, when each period starts and ends, and what a player… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Gavyn Byrd

Name: Gavyn Byrd High School: NW Guilford Graduation: 2020 Position: OF Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted  What parts of your game you worked on this offseason? During this off-season I really spent time working on my swing and really just getting my timing down with my front foot by simplifying my swing as… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Gavyn Byrd

Under The Gun: Drew Needham

Name: Drew Needham High School: Providence Grove Graduation: 2020 Position: 1B/C Years with Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Uncommitted How has the 2018 season started off for Providence Grove? We are 2-0 and our pitching staff is lights out right now and we are getting a lot of crucial hits. What’s one area of your game… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Drew Needham

Dirtbag Forever: Davis Schneider

Although he was only a Dirtbag for one year, Davis Schneider personifies what it means to be a Dirtbag. And now, as a professional baseball player, he carries with him the lessons learned and memories made during an unforgettable year. From Voorhees, New Jersey, Schneider joined the Dirtbags prior to the start of the 2016… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Jack Sutton

Name: Jack Sutton High School: Tuscola Graduation: 2019 Position: Infielder Years with the Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted How has the season started off at Tuscola? We’ve had a solid start to the season. We opened up with a two game conference series in which we won both, so 2-0 to start. We have some… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Cameron Clonch

Name: Cameron Clonch High School: Mooresville Graduation: 2020 Position: LHP/OF/1B Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: East Carolina Opening day of High School baseball is this week, how are you feeling? I’m feeling good, been working and waiting for it to come around. What part of your game did you improve this offseason? This offseason… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Cameron Clonch

Leary aims to enhance the Dirtbag experience

It doesn’t matter if a player is a potential first-round draft pick and he desires of being showcased in front of scouts, or if he is an outfielder looking for the perfect blind of academics and athletics at a mid-major Division I program, alternatively, the player can be a shortstop who won’t play beyond high… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Nick Clayton

Name: Nick Clayton High School: York Graduation: 2019 Position: RHP Years with the Dirtbags: 2 College Commitment: Clemson University You went through a minor setback in 2017, how are you feeling as 2018 has begun? I put in a lot of hard work in the off-season to get my arm stronger and now it’s feeling… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Nick Clayton

Under The Gun: Cody & Cole Benton

Tonight’s “Under The Gun” interview we sat down with the Benton twins. The name Benton is no stranger to the Dirtbags program as older brother Trey (East Carolina Sophomore) also played from 2014-2016. Name: Cody Benton High School: West Columbus Graduation: 2019 Position: RHP Years with Dirtbags: 4 College commitment: East Carolina University What would… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Koen Moreno

Name: Koen Moreno High School: Panther Creek Graduation: 2020 Position: RHP/INF Years with Dirtbags: 4 College Commitment: East Carolina University You’re entering your fourth year with the Dirtbags. What’s one thing you have learned from your first year to now? I’ve learned that you should never be complacent. It’s key to always work hard in… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Koen Moreno

Eric Leary Named Team Director

Dirtbags Baseball owner Andy Partin has announced that Eric Leary has been named Team Director of the Dirtbags Baseball program. “I’m pleased to introduce Eric Leary as our Team Director,” stated Dirtbags owner and founder Andy Partin. “Eric is a tremendous person with outstanding leadership and communication skills. He will help pilot our teams and… Continue Reading

Vance enters junior season as SEC’s top second baseman

The college baseball season begins on Friday, with teams from coast to coast putting their best foot forward hoping their season will end in Omaha at the College World Series. As one prominent program looks to rebuild under a first-year head coach, a former Dirtbag will be called upon to carry the bell with high… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Isaac Fix

Under The Gun: Isaac Fix

Name: Isaac Fix High School: William Byrd (VA) Graduation Class: 2021 Position: LHP Years with the Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted Coming into the second year of the Dirtbags organization, what have you learned? Over the course of my first year with the Dirtbags I learned that everyone in the organization is there to compete,… Continue Reading

Dirtbags locked into Wilson Premier Championship East for ’19 Grads

The Dirtbags are committed to taking every step possible to foster the development of its players. For players to fulfill their potential, elite instruction and preparation must be paired with competitive environments and exposure opportunities. The Dirtbags ability to take part in the best tournaments in the country is one of the many reasons why… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Lyle Holland

Under The Gun: Lyle Holland

Name: Lyle Holland High School: Freedom Graduation Class: 2019 Position: INF/RHP Years with Dirtbags: 4 College Commitment: Uncommitted How has the offseason been for you?  This off-season has definitely been a grind. I’ve been working with a personal trainer on both my strength and speed. What are your personal goals for 2018?  I want to… Continue Reading

Six Dirtbags Reporting to Grapefruit League

The year-in and year-out success of the Dirtbags isn’t by accident. With premier instruction inside of an organization dedicated to instilling discipline, fundamentals and a passion for the game, elite players are attracted to the Dirtbags and often find a way to maximize their potential as they prepare and move on to the next level.… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Connor Monroe

Name: Connor Monroe High School: West Forsyth Graduation Class: 2020 Position: RHP/INF Years with Dirtbags: 3 College Commitment: NC State How’s the 2018 West Forsyth Titans shaping up? I think our team this year is going to be very good. I have high hopes for us. During the offseason, what’s one area of your game… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Connor Monroe

Cactus League set to welcome nine Dirtbags

Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers are set to report on Feb. 14, as the offseason winds down and attention turns to the 2018 season. After position players report to their respective teams between Feb. 19 and Feb. 21, the Dirtbags will have nine former players in reporting to the Cactus League for big league… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Peyton Idol

Name: Peyton Idol Graduation Class: 2019 High School: West Forsyth Position: INF Years with Dirtbags: 3 What parts of your game did you really focus on this offseason? This offseason I really worked on getting stronger and working on my fast twitch muscles. How is the season looking for West Forsyth? What’s the strength of… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Peyton Idol

Under The Gun: Peter Maldonado

Under The Gun: Peter Maldonado

Name: Peter Maldonado High School: Heritage Graduation: 2021 Position: Catcher Years with Dirtbags: 1 College Commitment: Uncommitted How has your first year at Heritage High School been so far? The first semester of High School has been an adjustment. It took some getting used to but I feel I’m getting the hang of things now.… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Aidan Smith

Under The Gun: Aidan Smith

Name: Aidan Smith Graduation Class: 2019 High School: Topsail Position: OF Years with Dirtbags: 3 College Commitment: Uncommitted What would you say your strength as a baseball player is? I would say one of my strengths is being able to make adjustments from at bats. Looking back on 2017, what’s one area of your game… Continue Reading

Under The Gun: Jack Hicks

Under The Gun: Jack Hicks

Name: Jack Hicks Graduation Class: 2020 High School: Leesville Road Position: INF Years with Dirtbags: 3 College Commitment: University of Kentucky People who haven’t seen Jack Hicks play, how would you describe your game? I would describe my game as low-key. I play very relaxed and focused Most people don’t know but you have your… Continue Reading

Trey Daly named General Manager

Trey Daly named General Manager

Dirtbags Baseball owner Andy Partin has announced that Trey Daly has been named General Manager of the Dirtbags Baseball program. “I’m very happy and proud to announce Trey Daly will serve as the General Manager of Dirtbags Baseball,” owner and founder Andy Partin said. “Trey has been with us since 2011 and has done an… Continue Reading