Testimonial Tuesday: Davis Schneider

Testimonial Tuesday: Davis Schneider

By: Eric Leary Winning attracts winners. So it makes perfect sense that when given the chance, Davis Schneider, a 2017 grad out of Eastern Regional High School, in Voorhees Township, NJ, took advantage of an opportunity to be a Dirtbag when it presented itself. Prior to the summer of 2016, the right-handed hitting infielder was… Continue Reading

Testimonal Tuesday: Chris Munnelly

Testimonal Tuesday: Chris Munnelly

By: Eric Leary Making the most of one’s opportunities has always been considered words of wisdom. Count Chris Munnelly, a Dirtbag alum and member of the 2009 class, among those considered a believer of the view. As a right-handed pitcher, he overcame an initial insecurity of whether he belonged to becoming one of the greats… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Bradley Keller

Testimonial Tuesday: Bradley Keller

By: Eric Leary The Testimonial Tuesday series has been an opportunity for the Dirtbags to regularly spotlight players in the organization and tell their stories. Each piece has intended to reveal moments of their  journey and show how the organization has fit into their experiences. The next several installments into this series will provide the… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler Herkey

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler Herkey

Pitchers work to have control of their pitches. Such ability gives them a chance to not only get outs, but to be in control of the game. Tyler Herkey, an uncommitted 2022 LHP out of Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville, NC, seems to be on his way to taking this idea of control beyond the… Continue Reading

A Pitcher’s Routine

By: Everett Hancock As a former pitcher, I understand the importance of this position to the team.  The pitcher bears quite a bit of responsibility on the outcome of the game.  The team relies heavily on their pitchers to bring a certain competitive mindset and intensity to the mound on game day.  I chose to… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Scott Hosmer

Finding prosperity through making connections brings some to realize accessing and nurturing opportunities to connect is a ticket to succeed. Count Scott Hosmer as one who has learned this lesson. As an uncommitted 2021 catcher/utility player out of Charlotte Country Day School, Scott  has found out first hand the benefits of making connections, both on… Continue Reading

Development Is The Key

By: Everett Hancock Why is it important to develop the proper fundamentals and skill set at an early/young age? As I’ve gotten older and more involved in baseball at the youth level, I’ve been intrigued to see how much less the fundamentals of the game are being taught and/or valued now in comparison to when… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Graham Wike

Leadership has no substitute when considering the traits of success for groups and individuals alike. The ability to guide, encourage or direct can be pivotal in reaching an ultimate goal. Some feel comfortable in such a position, others do not. Graham Wike,an uncommitted 2023 out of Corinth Holders High School in Clayton, NC, has no… Continue Reading

Staying Ready

Staying Ready

By: Hunter Ridge Baseball has been on hold for just over a month now as the nation tries to figure out the coronavirus. We traveled down to Lancaster, South Carolina to sit down with sophomore southpaw Kyle Percival to figure out how he’s been handling the the postponement of baseball.  What are your thoughts on the… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Louis Berini

Testimonial Tuesday: Louis Berini

Society likes definitions. Even when it comes to people, society likes to define a person by putting them into categories or mark them with descriptive traits. Baseball is no different and coaches put all sorts of definable terms on players to classify their qualities or skills. One term at the top of positive attributes for… Continue Reading

A look inside the Dirtbags Youth Program

By: Everett Hancock As youth director for Dirtbags, I’m proud to see how far we have come since 2016 when we first began an official Dirtbags youth program!  It has been a rewarding experience to see our program grow over the last several years. I attribute the majority of that success to the coaches that… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Isaac Williams

Testimonial Tuesday: Isaac Williams

Keeping all his cards on the table is something Isaac Williams seems to be comfortable doing. As an uncommitted 2021 left-handed pitcher and outfielder out of Wake Forest High School (NC), the theme appears to be in play not only with colleges he’d consider committing to, but also in the position he’d play for those… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Andrew Walton

Testimonial Tuesday: Andrew Walton

Knowing when to work and when to have fun seems to be a critical determiner of success for anyone aspiring to achieve at a high level. But still, someone with a sense of humor isn’t disqualified from being able to operate with elite precision. Exhibit A, for this analysis, is Andrew Walton, an uncommitted 2022… Continue Reading

Dirtbags Middle School Program Experience: Connor Bellew

Dirtbags Middle School Program Experience: Connor Bellew

It is always refreshing to get a perspective from a stable developing player. That is exactly what Middle School Director Logan Koch did when he sat down with 2024 C/OF Connor Bellew. Bellew was a member of the 2024 Dirtbags team this past fall and is heading in the right direction to have a rewarding… Continue Reading

A Player’s Perspective: Brycen Champey

A Player’s Perspective: Brycen Champey

By: Eric Leary With many areas of life now impacted by the Covid19 pandemic, the sportsworld is among them with shutdowns happening at all levels of play. As the spring season of baseball was in full swing, the screeching halt of the game has undoubtedly impacted players. Dirtbag Baseball, in an effort to consider the… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Landen Baker

Testimonial Tuesday: Landen Baker

Teams, organizations, and institutions all function most effectively when their members choose to operate with a clear, focused vision of priorities. Count Landen Baker, a 2023 uncommitted catcher and first baseman, among those who can be depended upon to conduct himself with high standards. The freshman, out of Southern Nash High School in Bailey, NC,… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Danny Sadler

Testimonial Tuesday: Danny Sadler

Sometimes hard work can speed up a process. From the efforts to build one’s game on the baseball field, to cutting the time to rebuild after an injury. The work can be the catalyst to shortening the wait for a return to action. . Such is the mindset of Danny Sadler, an uncommitted 2021 outfielder… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Ryan McCrystal

Testimonial Tuesday: Ryan McCrystal

It is a recognized theme that players who want to be among the best, look for ways to surround themselves with others also considered to be the “best”. Ryan McCrystal, a 2021 two-way ECU commit out of Fuquay-Varina High School, has definitely found himself to be among some of the best players in the game.… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Aidan Cooper

Testimonial Tuesday: Aidan Cooper

The effort associated with the term “work” can be an obstacle for some when it comes to improvement in performance. People may want to improve but not be willing to put in the hours to make a difference in their skills.For uncommitted 2021 right-handed pitcher Aidan Cooper of Heritage High School in Wake Forest, NC,… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Coleman McGinnis

Testimonial Tuesday: Coleman McGinnis

Many athletes today have found “their” sport by the time they get to high school and seemingly focus on it from a development and competition perspective.  Plenty of them may play other sports because of interest or opportunity or even skill sets. But the 3-sport athlete is an endangered species. And in considering that truth,… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Maddox Smith

Testimonial Tuesday: Maddox Smith

A conversation with 2021 uncommitted RHP Maddux Smith, out of Southern Alamance High School, in Graham, NC, reveals a truth about the young man as player, and as a person. He’s an achiever. And that holds on the diamond, in the classroom and quite honestly in life.  The sixteen year old junior is the type… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: R.J Johnson

Testimonial Tuesday: R.J Johnson

Accomplishing goals can often be aided when a person has the ability to ascertain how processes work. People who can see those possibilities will have a head start on the rest of the population. They are able to identify potential solutions and determine the viability of each. With their insight, choices to success are made… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Tristen Odham

Testimonial Tuesday: Tristen Odham

Making younger players understand the connections between baseball and life is something one would think a seasoned coach or a longtime observer of the game would lecture about or encourage youngsters to recognize. Tristen Odham, an uncommitted 2022 outfielder out of Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC, surely wouldn’t interrupt that message, but he clearly… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Jacob Kirby

Testimonial Tuesday: Jacob Kirby

Baseball players who are looking to be recruited need to stand out. They need to have qualities that separate them from the pack. Jacob Kirby is a 2023 uncommitted RHP at Reagan High School, in Pfafftown, NC. He stands in at 6’3” and 155 pounds. The fastballs from the three-quarters arm slot from which he… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Ty Dooley

Testimonial Tuesday: Ty Dooley

It’s easy to tell that family is important to Ty Dooley. He talks about it when asked where he wants to go to college.  As expected he talks about family too, when providing info on his support system, who offers him great encouragement. The theme of family even shines through his description of being a… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler Sparrer

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler Sparrer

Generally speaking, most baseball players are more than okay with their teammates performing well and at a high level. However, rare is the attitude taken by uncommitted 2022 Tyler Sparrer. Not only does he hope those pitchers he receives have a quality outing, he makes it a personal mission for them look their best.   When… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Cole Watkins

Testimonial Tuesday: Cole Watkins

When it comes to waiting, 2022 uncommitted middle infielder Cole Watkins doesn’t come across as one who passively sits around hoping an opportunity will miraculously appear. Instead, by aggressively pursuing personal improvement the sophomore out of J.H. Rose High School, in Greenville, NC, isn’t just waiting for those opportunities; he’s getting ready. Waiting one’s turn… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Bentley Yeatts

Testimonial Tuesday: Bentley Yeatts

An observer’s analysis of uncommitted 2022 Bentley Yeatts would lead one to believe he has abounding options. This seems to be by design for the Hammond School (Columbia, SC) Sophomore. At 5’10” and 165 pounds, he’s an infielder who can play the outfield; he’s also a lead-off hitter who rarely strikes out and can produce… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Garret Kangas

Testimonial Tuesday: Garret Kangas

While the phrase may seem universally applicable for any player with innings left in their career, for Garret Kangas, a 2021 right-handed pitcher out of Carlisle School in Axton, Virginia, it simply depicts his attitude towards his development. Part of that approach may come from the fact his pitching delivery has taken on some major… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Colby Vanhook

Testimonial Tuesday: Colby Vanhook

Good baseball players look to grow their game. It’s how the good ones become great. This becomes a perfect description of Colby Vanhook, a 6 foot and 180 pound uncommitted 2023 two-way player from Concord, NC. He simply wants to elevate his skills across the board to a point where he’s the best he can… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Bryce Rudisill

Testimonial Tuesday: Bryce Rudisill

Players who want to improve have the best chance to see big jumps in performance. Bryce Rudisill, uncommitted 2023 3B/RHP out of Gettysburg Area High School in Pennsylvania, is that type of player. In fact, he’s that type of person.  Having a “want to” requires a dedication to a process to improve in the task.… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Kyle Percival

Testimonial Tuesday: Kyle Percival

Having one’s eyes wide open means an individual is fully aware and informed of what is about to happen. The phrase is a perfect descriptor for 2022 uncommitted left-handed pitcher, Kyle Percival. At 6’4” and 215 pounds, the southpaw clearly sees the opportunities that he has in front of him within the game of baseball,… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Jake McGillivray

Testimonial Tuesday: Jake McGillivray

As a player, Dirtbags outfielder Jake McGillivray sees the big picture. He has an understanding of where he is in his process of development, and he certainly knows where he wants to be when it’s all said and done. He is a tireless worker. And perhaps most importantly, Jake cares.  The uncommitted 2022, who bats… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Ja’Heim Brown

Testimonial Tuesday: Ja’Heim Brown

Some seek out pressure packed situations. They want to experience the thrill, or feel the exhilaration. Ja’Heim Brown, a 2021 uncommitted right-handed pitcher out of Louisburg High School in Louisburg, NC, sees these moments as an opportunity to “soak it all in” so that he is constantly being re-equipped to face the next challenge. According… Continue Reading

Testimonial Tuesday: Austin Cantrell

Testimonial Tuesday: Austin Cantrell

For sophomore Austin Cantrell, out of Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, Georgia, a good deal of satisfaction has to be felt for making the move a couple of years ago to become a Dirtbag. The primary motive according to him was to access exposure. The success in that venture can be found for the… Continue Reading

Jacob Ray

Jacob Ray

Many times the difference between reaching goals and coming up short is found in the inability to listen to the advice or the unwillingness to follow through.  Jacob Ray, a 2021 graduate out of Southern Alamance High School in Graham, NC, seems to have both of those attributes at his disposal as he has repeatedly… Continue Reading

Hamilton Andrews

Hamilton Andrews

 Events tend to happen right on time for some people. Everything from the opportunities and places that are experienced, to the people with whom one interacts. Many times the transpiring of moments be seen in retrospect as being exactly how it was supposed to be. After hearing Hamilton Andrews, a 2020 outfielder out of Broughton… Continue Reading

Pete Maldonado

Pete Maldonado

  Seeing events unfold before they take place is something Pete Maldonado takes pride in being able to do. No, Pete isn’t a psychic, nor does he work at a carnival, but as a 2021 uncommitted catcher out of Heritage High School in Wake Forest, NC, he finds plenty of benefit in being able to… Continue Reading

Trent Murchison

Trent Murchison

Sometimes it seems that certain events were just meant to be. Trent Murchison’s decision to become a Dirtbag may rank as a top example of a player and an organization being perfect for each other.  As an uncommitted 2022 left-handed outfielder out of Jacksonville (NC) High School, his approach to the game personifies the brand… Continue Reading

Dalen Thompson

Dalen Thompson

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

Damon Hardy

Damon Hardy

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

Dirtbags Fall World Series (September 14-15)

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

Tyler Albright

Tyler Albright

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

Isaac Fix

Isaac Fix

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

Cole Thompson

Cole Thompson

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

Tyler Parks

Tyler Parks

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

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

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

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

Kerry Herndon-Brown

Kerry Herndon-Brown

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

CATCHING (POPS, PICKS & CALLING A GAME)

CATCHING (POPS, PICKS & CALLING A GAME)

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Joe Valchar

Testimonial Tuesday: Joe Valchar

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

Pitching: Delivery and Mental Focus

Pitching: Delivery and Mental Focus

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Siegner

Testimonial Tuesday: Drew Siegner

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

Making Plays As An Infielder

Making Plays As An Infielder

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Owen Kincaid

Testimonial Tuesday: Owen Kincaid

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

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Hitting (Article 2)

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Hitting (Article 2)

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Brandon Clarke

Testimonial Tuesday: Brandon Clarke

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

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Sliding

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Sliding

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Gavyn Byrd

Testimonial Tuesday: Gavyn Byrd

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

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Outfield Play

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Outfield Play

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

College Coach Camp (June 26th)

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Zach Lewis

Testimonial Tuesday: Zach Lewis

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

3 Answers on Pitching Smarter

3 Answers on Pitching Smarter

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Austin Hawke

Testimonial Tuesday: Austin Hawke

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

3 Answers on Gaining an Edge

3 Answers on Gaining an Edge

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Walker

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Walker

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

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

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

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Ground Balls

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Ground Balls

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

WOOD MYERS JOINS DIRTBAGS FULL-TIME

WOOD MYERS JOINS DIRTBAGS FULL-TIME

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler McDaniel

Testimonial Tuesday: Tyler McDaniel

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

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

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

Instructional Friday: Answers On Base Running

Instructional Friday: Answers On Base Running

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

Under The Gun: Robbie Allen

Under The Gun: Robbie Allen

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

2019 Dirtbags Cup June 1-2, 2019

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Brett Forbis

Testimonial Tuesday: Brett Forbis

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

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

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

14u Dirtbags Cup Schedule

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

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Pitching

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers on Pitching

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

Under The Gun: Neal Henry

Under The Gun: Neal Henry

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

J.D. Everett Testimony

J.D. Everett Testimony

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

Dirtbags Announce 11u Tryout June 5

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

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

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

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Catching

Instructional Friday: 3 Answers On Catching

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

Under The Gun: Paul Rozelle

Under The Gun: Paul Rozelle

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Danny Heintz

Testimonial Tuesday: Danny Heintz

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

Instructional Friday: Q&A (Tee Work)

Instructional Friday: Q&A (Tee Work)

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

Under The Gun: Jim Chester

Under The Gun: Jim Chester

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Cameron Clonch

Testimonial Tuesday: Cameron Clonch

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

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

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

Under The Gun: Taylor Sandefur

Under The Gun: Taylor Sandefur

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

Instructional Friday – Pitching: STUFF

Instructional Friday – Pitching: STUFF

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Kemp

Testimonial Tuesday: Matt Kemp

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

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

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

Instructional Friday: Rundowns

Instructional Friday: Rundowns

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

Under The Gun: Dylan Pfingst

Under The Gun: Dylan Pfingst

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

Testimonial Tuesday: Colby Wilkerson

Testimonial Tuesday: Colby Wilkerson

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

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

Dirtbags Weekly Roundup

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

Instructional Friday: Leads & Reads

Instructional Friday: Leads & Reads

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