April 24, 2014

Blazers U11 baseball team preps for season

FRONT ROW: Cooper Cox, Austin Oldham, Evan Wooten, Tye Wood, and Garrett Pendroy. BACK ROW: Colby Holtgraver, Dayvin Johnson, Kolby Gretencord, Brock Stewart, Noah Crowell and Tyler Goetzmann. Players not pictured:Bradyn Russell and Coaches Jeff Stewart, James Cox, Ryan Gretencord, Matt Russell and Steve Holtgraver. Submitted photo

FRONT ROW: Cooper Cox, Austin Oldham, Evan Wooten, Tye Wood, and Garrett Pendroy. BACK ROW: Colby Holtgraver, Dayvin Johnson, Kolby Gretencord, Brock Stewart, Noah Crowell and Tyler Goetzmann. Players not pictured:Bradyn Russell and Coaches Jeff Stewart, James Cox, Ryan Gretencord, Matt Russell and Steve Holtgraver. Submitted photo

The Blazers U11 baseball team started preparing for the season early this year with indoor workouts since early January. The season has had a slow start this spring due to many rainouts for league games and even tournaments.
Coach Jeff Stewart and staff have witnessed marked improvement in the past month.
“We had a slow start due to the rain,” said Stewart. “We have had some tournaments and league games cancelled.  Despite the weather the kids have been working hard and showing a lot of improvement. I am real proud of the effort.”
In league play, the Blazers are currently sitting at 4-1. The Blazers have also dodged the rain enough to compete in three tournaments thus far. They finished in second place in the Slug Fest Tournament that was played at 3&2 Baseball on May 4. The team also traveled to Topeka to compete in the Mother’s Day Tournament in Topeka with a fourth place finish.
Most recently the team played in the Hawaiian Hitfest Tournament, known as the second-largest USSSA tournament in the country, with a 2-1 record before being rained out in bracket play.
Look for the Blazers to play this weekend in the Nill Bros. Louisville Series at the 3&2 Complex. The team is also scheduled to complete in the USSSA Tournament June 27-30.

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