Baseball coaches – Timo Thompson http://timothompson.com/ Fri, 13 May 2022 11:45:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://timothompson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-60-120x120.png Baseball coaches – Timo Thompson http://timothompson.com/ 32 32 Why high school baseball coaches rarely call bunt “It’s like a lost art” https://timothompson.com/why-high-school-baseball-coaches-rarely-call-bunt-its-like-a-lost-art/ Fri, 06 May 2022 15:26:15 +0000 https://timothompson.com/why-high-school-baseball-coaches-rarely-call-bunt-its-like-a-lost-art/ With the 2021 Class LL Baseball Championship game scoreless late in the fifth, Westhill had the speedy Mika Petersen at third base and Omari Lewis at home plate with fewer than two outs. It was a situation that could have called for a bunt to push the runner home, or would have been in another […]]]>

With the 2021 Class LL Baseball Championship game scoreless late in the fifth, Westhill had the speedy Mika Petersen at third base and Omari Lewis at home plate with fewer than two outs.

It was a situation that could have called for a bunt to push the runner home, or would have been in another era. But the cheesecloth did not cross the mind of Westhill coach Mike Riveles.

“It didn’t happen because knowing his contact rate is quite good and he has speed,” Riveles said, “with him at the time, it wasn’t the right choice. “

Lewis swung away, hitting a screaming hopper that was knocked down by Norwalk’s third baseman. Petersen was kicked home by three paces.

It was the closest Westhill came to scoring, losing to Norwalk 1-0.

In another generation, Riveles might have been more confident to claim a tight bunt in a game with little offense.

Amity, lead hitter Julian Stevens, is looking to bunt on April 19.

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But these days, bunt is being used less by coaches across the state — a trend that mirrors what’s happening at all levels of the game. And because bunt players are being asked less, it’s training less. , which reduces the number of players able to knock down a bunt and coaches are less confident to call it.

“It always blows my mind, we teach kids how to bunt at the high school dance,” Riveles said. “I think the game just changed. Ten years ago, the children arrived knowing carier.

Once upon a time, the bunting was one of the most important facets of the game.

Nowadays, it is a skill that is not a priority.

“I hate to be cliché, but it’s like a lost art,” St. Joseph coach Jim Chaves said.

There are several reasons for this.

One is the trend towards advanced analytics, which is used at all levels. Advanced stats tell teams that with a finite number of outs in a game, teams shouldn’t give them away. Another is that summer baseball has shifted to fewer practices, a busy game schedule with a focus on showcases in front of scouts. Less practice time, means less chance to practice bunting art.

“I’m not trying to say anything bad about summer ball, but I think it has a lot to do with the AAU and the show-off mentality,” Chaves said. “They don’t play ball in the summer, you’re here to show off to the scouts and bunting isn’t sexy enough.”

Because of this mindset, most players go to the next level without knowing how to do it.

“Pretty much every freshman we have sucks,” UConn coach Jim Penders said. “You think about it: these are all the guys who hit .400 for their high school team, and these are the last guys who learn to bunt. So when they get here, it’s like, ‘OK, you’re not a .400 hitter at this level. You are all going to have to learn how to carier. So we work on it every day, a lot of rehearsals.

What’s more attractive?

“People are looking for the three-run home run, the Earl Weaver special,” Danbury coach Shaun Ratchford said, “against the ball and the moving runners.”

Weaver, the Hall of Fame manager, was known for his love of the three-point home run during his days as manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

Ratchford has won two FCIAC titles and a state title (2004) and said when players come to the program, he has to start at square one with them.

Penders said he’s not as effective as his opponents because they can punch for power or “Earl Weaver It”, as Ratchford noted.

“There are a few guys in the lineup who can make hits, but I’d rather see if we can hit a double here,” Penders said. “We don’t use it as much as I did when I didn’t have that kind of range.”

In southern Connecticut, the Owls baseball team used wooden bats until a few seasons ago. Coach Tim Shea, who won his 500th career game earlier this season and considers himself a small-ball coach, said the change has made him reconsider some things he used to do.

“Sometimes you wonder a little bit when you have a few kids on your team that change a game with a three-run home run,” he said.

But the bunt remains in his strategy.

Shea called a tight bunt during the 2005 Northeast Region. The bunt laid by Bob Pentino was successful and the Owls clinched a berth in the Division II College World Series.

“It’s unheard of now,” Shea said.

While many in the game have moved away from the bunting, two prominent programs continue to use it often. Danbury, led by Ratchford and North Haven led by Bob DeMayo, still often call bunts.

“It doesn’t mean you give up, it means you’re trying to get a runner to a different place,” Ratchford said. “But if you run hard and are able to control where the ball goes, you have a chance of getting a hit.”

DeMayo, the state’s longest-serving coach, is known for hitting often, sometimes multiple times in a row, to get runners moving and pressure the defense to make plays.

“They start throwing the ball and you never know when it’s going to stop,” the five-time state championship-winning coach said.

And to those who say he could give an exit.

“I’m saying don’t worry, we got the runner forward,” DeMayo said. “When you get them at second base, the chances of scoring go up tremendously.”

Dave Borges contributed to this story.

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Kansas baseball coaches call for expanded schedule https://timothompson.com/kansas-baseball-coaches-call-for-expanded-schedule/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 03:52:12 +0000 https://timothompson.com/kansas-baseball-coaches-call-for-expanded-schedule/ NORTHEAST KANSAS (KSNT) — For a long time, Kansas State high school baseball teams were only allowed to play 20 games in the regular season. That remains true now, but some state coaches want that to change. “We’re as good at baseball as everyone else, but we’re really putting our kids short compared to what […]]]>

NORTHEAST KANSAS (KSNT) — For a long time, Kansas State high school baseball teams were only allowed to play 20 games in the regular season.

That remains true now, but some state coaches want that to change.

“We’re as good at baseball as everyone else, but we’re really putting our kids short compared to what other states are doing,” said Kansas Baseball Coaches Association Heath Gerstner.

Gerstner and many other coaches say young Kansas athletes deserve the opportunity to play more games. Surrounding states play up to thirty or more games per season.

“We feel like we’re behind as a state,” Gerstner said.

Playing more games presents more exposure opportunities for players who want to compete at the next level.

“I think it’s really important to give them more opportunities to play at the next level,” Seamans head baseball coach Trent Oliva said. “The more time there is, the more opportunities they can see.”

Gerstner knows this is important.

“I have a good relationship with a lot of our Kansas junior college coaches and Premier League coaches,” Gerstner said. “If they have a kid that they think is half the same as a kid from Oklahoma or Missouri, but that kid has played 60 more baseball games than that kid, that’s a pretty easy decision. for them.”

Some people quickly get angry with the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) over this issue. However, they are not the ones who put an end to this proposed change.

“Our biggest heist is not the coaches,” Gerstner said. “It was not KSHSAA. It is these directors and athletic directors who are truly in charge of change in our state. »

KABC presented a list of proposals to the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (KIAAA), which included the idea of ​​a 26-game schedule. They hoped that receiving KIAAA’s support would provide momentum before taking the proposal to KSHSAA. They met the opposite result when KIAAA rejected this proposal and all others presented.

These two coaches say players want to be on the pitch more often in competition.

“If you ask any player, I think they’ll tell you they’d rather play games than practice,” Oliva said.

Limit games can present other challenges when managing a team in the spring.

“It is difficult to maintain the commitment [when you’re not playing enough games]. They don’t want to play against each other anymore. We did it in pre-season. We want to play against other teams. Our guys can’t wait to play a game,” Gerstner said.

The Coaches Association wants to extend the season to 26 games, which is even less than surrounding states. A KSHSAA representative told 27 News that previous proposals to extend the length of the schedule did not receive enough support to get a vote from the KSHSAA board.

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Parents and activists demand the firing of Bellaire High School baseball coaches as they deny racism claims https://timothompson.com/parents-and-activists-demand-the-firing-of-bellaire-high-school-baseball-coaches-as-they-deny-racism-claims/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 13:57:04 +0000 https://timothompson.com/parents-and-activists-demand-the-firing-of-bellaire-high-school-baseball-coaches-as-they-deny-racism-claims/ HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — For weeks, some parents and community leaders at Westbury High School have called for Bellaire High School baseball coaches to be fired. On Thursday evening, they submitted their requests directly to the Houston ISD school board. “Racism doesn’t need to exist in our schools. It doesn’t need to exist in our […]]]>
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — For weeks, some parents and community leaders at Westbury High School have called for Bellaire High School baseball coaches to be fired. On Thursday evening, they submitted their requests directly to the Houston ISD school board.

“Racism doesn’t need to exist in our schools. It doesn’t need to exist in our state. Our kids shouldn’t be subjected to it. You’re all in a position because we put you there. So we expect you to hold this man and his assistant accountable otherwise I’m coming for every one of your seats,” said Dr. Candice Matthews, chair of the steering committee of the nation-wide Rainbow Push Coalition. State, addressed to the Directors and Superintendent.

SEE ALSO: Bellaire HS baseball coach on furlough as video shows tempers flare over controversial game

The issue dates back to a March 25 baseball game between Westbury and Bellaire and allegations of racial taunting. As a result of this controversy, the district launched an investigation and reassigned Bellaire’s head coach and assistant.

Community leaders repeated their calls outside HISD headquarters for Bellaire baseball coaches to be fired for doing nothing to stop their players from allegedly making references to monkeys and bananas during the game.

Coach Nick Ozuna was instructed not to comment during the district investigation, but his attorney said things were taken out of context. He thinks the coaches will be cleared if the cooler heads prevail.

“I agree that there should be district disciplinary action against the coach and assistant coach because that’s not the example we need to set,” said state Rep. Ron Reynolds.

“I want to talk to people who look like me. You can’t tolerate this. Silence in the face of this is complicity,” State Representative Jon Rosenthal said.

State officials stood shoulder to shoulder with community leaders and parents demanding that HISD terminate the contracts of Ozuna and assistant coach Robert Manuel.

SEE ALSO: Bellaire baseball program under 2 discrimination investigations

“I hope and pray that not only will my son receive justice, but that all of these children will receive justice,” mother Erica Rhone said.

Rhone previously spoke with ABC13 about her son’s retirement from the Bellaire baseball team. She said Coach Ozuna wouldn’t let him play because of his afro hairstyle. The District is now looking into those claims as they investigate what happened in the Bellaire game against Westbury a few months later.

“The school district could and should have done more than pat them on the wrist. They always sweep things under the rug. So yes, we want this racist fired,” said community activist Travis McGee.

Ozuna’s lawyers have always denied the accusations of racism. They also disagree with what Westbury’s parents said happened at the game, although they did not elaborate further citing the inquest.

The law firm Tritico Rainey, PLLC sent the following statement in response:

“Coach Nick Ozuna is the victim of a smear campaign, which has left him unable to defend himself by his employer’s directive not to speak about the investigation while those who shout F-bombs—- at high school baseball games accuse him of being a racist.For 18 years, Coach Ozuna led the Belaire Baseball team and had one of the most winning programs in Texas.He instills discipline and professionalism to its players to ensure that they enter college or a career ready to face the new challenges that post high school life welcomes our children. To this end, it has a set of rules that all players must follow, regardless of race or ethnicity Coach Ozuna fully participated in the district survey, answered all questions and delivered nearly 100 letters of support from players and parents current and former from all walks of life, including many participants at the Westbury game and witnesses to all the alleged events. We are confident that the investigation will clear up Coach Ozuna and he will soon be able to join his school and his team, for the conclusion of the district game and the playoff citation. soon, for the conclusion of the district game and the playoffs.”

Trustees were unable to comment on the matter at Thursday’s board meeting because it was not on the agenda, but an HISD spokesperson said the investigation was underway and that the status of the persons involved had not changed. Coaches are currently working at other schools pending the outcome of the investigation.

But lawyer Kevin Murray said that doesn’t go far enough: “Ultimately, the extremely outrageous conduct of the players, coaches and everyone involved in these discriminatory acts by Bellaire is the subject of a investigated and they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Murray said he represents black families on both teams. He said federal claims and civil actions are both on the table as activists focus on firing coaches and parents focus on protecting their players.

For updates on this story, follow Briana Conner on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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STMA’s Paul Schumm joins Minnesota Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame https://timothompson.com/stmas-paul-schumm-joins-minnesota-baseball-coaches-hall-of-fame/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/stmas-paul-schumm-joins-minnesota-baseball-coaches-hall-of-fame/ ST. MICHAEL, MN — Longtime St. Michael-Albertville High School baseball coach Paul Schumm’s legacy on the field was recently cemented with his induction into the Hall of Fame. The Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association named Schumm to its Hall of Fame Class of 2022, along with six other coaches. They are to be […]]]>

ST. MICHAEL, MN — Longtime St. Michael-Albertville High School baseball coach Paul Schumm’s legacy on the field was recently cemented with his induction into the Hall of Fame.

The Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association named Schumm to its Hall of Fame Class of 2022, along with six other coaches. They are to be honored at the annual MSHSBCA Coaches Clinic in January 2023.

Schumm was the head coach of the St. Michael-Albertville High School varsity baseball team for more than a quarter century. He took the top job in 1995 after spending two years as an assistant coach at Bethany Lutheran College, according to a 2016 profile on the school’s website.

He led the Knights to state championships in 2000 and 2009, and the team finished third in 2018, according to the Minnesota State High School League. He said those two state titles were some of his favorite baseball memories, in addition to being in Game 6 of the 1987 World Series, the profile says.

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The Minnesota Twins won that game 11-5 in October 1987 at the Metrodome to tie the series at 3 games apiece. The Twins won the 1987 World Series in Game 7.

The STMA High School baseball team won its first two games to start the 2022 season, with victories over Rogers and Wayzata, according to the MN Baseball Hub. The Knights’ next game is Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Minnetonka High School.

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USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll | national news https://timothompson.com/usa-today-baseball-coaches-poll-national-news/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 17:54:55 +0000 https://timothompson.com/usa-today-baseball-coaches-poll-national-news/ The USA TODAY Sports Top 25 baseball poll, with team RECORDS THROUGH SUNDAY in parentheses, total points based on 25 for first place through one point for 25th place, ranking in the poll from last week and first place votes received: Record Points HP 1.Tennessee (31) 31-1 775 1 2. Oregon State 24-7 691 5 […]]]>

The USA TODAY Sports Top 25 baseball poll, with team RECORDS THROUGH SUNDAY in parentheses, total points based on 25 for first place through one point for 25th place, ranking in the poll from last week and first place votes received:

Record Points HP
1.Tennessee (31) 31-1 775 1
2. Oregon State 24-7 691 5
3. Miami (Florida) 26-6 662 11
4. Texas Technology 27-8 646 4
5. Arkansas 23-7 631 2
6. Oklahoma State 23-9 607 7
7.Texas 24-10 598 6
8. Virginia 26-6 558 3
9. Notre Dame 20-5 531 13
10. Georgia 24-8 442 ten
11. Louisville 23-8 420 14
12. USL 23-9 399 16
13. UCLA 22-9 329 17
14. Southern Mississippi 23-8 324 24
15. Gonzaga 21-8 259 18
16. Arizona 22-10 225 9
17. Vanderbilt 22-9 205 12
17. State of Florida 21-11 205 22
19. Dallas Baptist 21-10 175 31
20. State of Texas 24-9 148 15
21. Connecticut 24-7 144 30
22. Auburn 22-10 143 33
23.Stanford 17-10 119 27
24.Maryland 25-7 118 23
25. Wake Forest 25-7 109 ¤28

Dropout: No. 8 Mississippi (19-12); No. 19 Florida State (18-13); No. 20 North Carolina (21-11); TCU #21 (21-11); No. 25 North Carolina State (19-11).

Others receiving votes: Mississippi (19-12) 90; TCU (21-11) 78; Florida State (18-13) 57; North Carolina (21-11) 52; Virginia Tech (20-8) 52; Alabama (21-12) 42; Mercier (27-5) 42; Georgia Tech (21-12) 41; Oregon (21-11) 39; Rutgers (25-6) 39; North Carolina State (19-11) 17; Freedom (20-10) 15; UC Santa Barbara (21-8) 15; Kennesaw State (21-9) 11; Woford (24-9) 10; Georgia State (22-10) 5; South Georgia (20-11) 2; Davidson (24-6) 2; Louisiana Tech (23-10) 1; San Diego (19-11) 1; Tulane (22-10) 1.¤

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Preparing first-year baseball coaches starts with imparting the lessons of the game to their players https://timothompson.com/preparing-first-year-baseball-coaches-starts-with-imparting-the-lessons-of-the-game-to-their-players/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 13:22:03 +0000 https://timothompson.com/preparing-first-year-baseball-coaches-starts-with-imparting-the-lessons-of-the-game-to-their-players/ It’s all on the table in the opening week of the season for a rookie coach. “Before Game 1, I had dreams of how it would go and what it would look like,” the freshman coach at Lynn Tech said. Eddie Lewis said after Tuesday’s season-opening 9-1 triumph over KIPP Academy. “I had prepared the […]]]>

It’s all on the table in the opening week of the season for a rookie coach.

“Before Game 1, I had dreams of how it would go and what it would look like,” the freshman coach at Lynn Tech said. Eddie Lewis said after Tuesday’s season-opening 9-1 triumph over KIPP Academy. “I had prepared the mentality for a very long time.”

At the start of the season, the Globe had at least 10 new head coaches in Eastern Mass., and a few are bringing professional playing backgrounds to their new gigs.

At Bishop Fenwick, first year skipper Matt Antonelli always knew he would be a coach after his playing career. The former St. John’s Prep and Wake Forest star was the 17th overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2006 MLB Draft.

During his eight-year professional career, which included a brief stint in the major leagues in 2008, Antonelli paid close attention to his coaches, gathering tips and ideas to prepare for his future trade.

“These experiences have definitely helped me,” said Antonelli, who leads the Antonelli baseball program and has been an assistant at St. John’s Prep since 2016. “Even though I’ve played for a long time at all levels, the key to being a better coach is to coach I think back to how much I’ve grown already.

Another former professional player takes the reins of Bridgewater-Raynham.

Mike Connolly returned to his alma mater after a stellar career in Maine and a six-year stint with the San Francisco Giants organization. When his former coach at BR, John Kerneyretired after 23 years and 300 victories, Connolly decided to bring his youthful voice to training.

“I think I’m young enough and fresh enough that I can relate to kids,” Connolly said.

Connolly runs training like a college program. The players are divided into position groups, where an accomplished staff featuring Connolly’s younger brother, Jackformer Notre-Dame pitcher and cousin joe fridaythe state’s 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year at BR, are among those handling the drills.

“It’s been a great experience, so much to learn not just from him, but from all of his staff who played at a high level of baseball that not many people get to play,” the senior catcher said. Nolan De Andrade.

The new coaches have not forgotten their predecessors.

Healy, a BC High graduate, said he speaks daily with Norm Walsh, for whom he was an assistant for 14 years with the Eagles. The biggest takeaway Healy collected was scheduling the best. BC High is expected to play 10 games against teams in the top 20 of the Globe’s preseason poll.

For Lewis, who is also returning to his alma mater at Division 5 Lynn Tech, the goal for Year 1 is to create a culture based on winning and community.

“I want men of character who give back to the community,” Lewis said. “Hopefully baseball will be a platform for an education for these kids in the future.”

▪ It wasn’t a great opening week for the pre-season Top 20 teams, as three of the top six teams and five of the top 20 suffered losses. The first was No. 3 Milton, who suffered a 1-0 loss to No. 2 Austin Prep on April 2. No 1 Xaverian lost their opener, 9-6, to No 17 Plymouth North on Tuesday. Also Tuesday, No. 6 St. John’s Prep lost in its second game of the season, 8-4, to unranked Billerica. Two teen-ranked teams lost to BC High, as No. 16 Walpole trailed, 5-4, Monday and No. 13 North Andover fell, 6-1, Thursday. On Friday, No. 12 Medfield lost 8-6 to unranked Holliston, Plymouth North fell 3-0 to unranked Scituate, No. 8 St. Mary’s lost 8-1 to Austin Prep and No. 14 Catholic Memorial dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3 in 10 innings, to No. 5 Catholic Central.

▪ As is often the case, the pitchers seemed to have the upper hand over the batters in the cold first week. In addition to strong pitching performances from our Players of the Week, there were some outstanding departures from Austin Prep senior Evan Blanco (10K, 3H, 1BB), St. Mary’s Senior Aiven Cabral (11 K, 1 R, CG), St. Mary’s sophomore Eric Ponts (11K, 3H, CG), Danvers Jr. Joe Zamejtis (12 K, 0 ER), Milford Jr. Tyler Caldon (9 K, 1 H, 6 IP), Lynn Senior Classic Kyle Durant (8K, 1H), Abington senior Aidan O’Donnell (8K, 1H), Bishop Stang senior Jacob Laudati (4K, 2H, 0ER, CG), and senior Cohasset Collin Madden (5K, CG).

▪ Holliston dedicated season to 2009 graduates Corey Ciarcello, who died on February 28. He pitched for the Panthers and was on the school’s 2006 Division 3 state championship golf team. . In Western Mass., Granby’s Ryan Gaughan threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Easthampton. . . Former Methuen and UConn closer Jacob Wallace will pitch for the Double A Portland Sea Dogs this spring after spending last season at High A Greenville … BC High graduate Shea Sprague, a 2021 Globe All-Scholastic, will return to Boston this weekend with Elon University as they take on Northeastern. Sprague, a freshman southpaw, will take the mound at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Correspondent Brendan Kurie contributed to this report.

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JAY POWELL, CHRIS SNOPEK ARE TWO FORMER MAJOR LEAGUES NOW BASEBALL COACHES AT JACKSON PREP, MRA – By Robert Wilson https://timothompson.com/jay-powell-chris-snopek-are-two-former-major-leagues-now-baseball-coaches-at-jackson-prep-mra-by-robert-wilson/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 20:55:44 +0000 https://timothompson.com/jay-powell-chris-snopek-are-two-former-major-leagues-now-baseball-coaches-at-jackson-prep-mra-by-robert-wilson/ By Robert Wilson When four-time defending MAIS champion Jackson Prep played Madison-Ridgeland Academy last week, not only did it feature two of Mississippi’s top teams, but it was also likely the only matchup between two assistant coaches who were two of the best. former major league players. Assistant prep coach and hitting coach Jay Powell […]]]>

By Robert Wilson

When four-time defending MAIS champion Jackson Prep played Madison-Ridgeland Academy last week, not only did it feature two of Mississippi’s top teams, but it was also likely the only matchup between two assistant coaches who were two of the best. former major league players.

Assistant prep coach and hitting coach Jay Powell played 11 years as a major league pitcher before an injury ended his career in 2005 while pitching for the Chicago Braves. Atlanta. Powell was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for the Florida Marlins. He also has the most consecutive seasons pitched without a losing record among pitchers who pitched primarily on relief in major league history. Powell was a star at West Lauderdale High and Mississippi State and was a first-round pick in the 1993 major league draft.

Powell, 50, was head coach at Jackson Academy for 12 seasons and has been in Prep for three seasons. His eldest son, Wyatt, played football and baseball at JA and played football at Mississippi State. His youngest son, Carson, is a freshman in Prep and plays football, baseball, and track and field.

Powell was a baseball analyst on the SEC Network and the MSU Baseball Radio Network.

Chris Snopek, an MRA assistant batting coach and bench coach, played four years as a major league infielder and finished his career in 1998. Snopek, from Kentucky, was a star at Ole Miss and has was a sixth-round pick in the 1992 major league draft.

Snopek, 51, was an assistant coach for eight seasons at MRA. It also created the Snopek Baseball Group Sox in 2020 and has programs in Jackson, Hattiesburg and Auburn, Ala. The SBG Sox has had 90 high school players signed up to play college baseball over the past two and a half years. Metro Jackson players Hunter Hines (Madison Central and MSU) and Niko Mazza (MRA and Southern Miss) are two of the current alumni of the SBG Sox program. Snopek also has a softball program (Snopek Softball Group).

Snopek’s oldest son, Christopher, played baseball at MRA and plays at Harvard. His youngest son, John Witt, is a sophomore at MRA and is the starting third baseman.

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Baseball coaches break down standings as district play heats up – Reuters https://timothompson.com/baseball-coaches-break-down-standings-as-district-play-heats-up-reuters/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 05:28:45 +0000 https://timothompson.com/baseball-coaches-break-down-standings-as-district-play-heats-up-reuters/ Local baseball teams are in mid-season form with a few district playoffs under their belt. After falling to the Netherlands in Game 1 over Spring Break, Port Neches-Groves came back to beat the Bulldogs in Game 2 and put in a strong performance against Beaumont United to turn around the District’s start to the season. […]]]>

Local baseball teams are in mid-season form with a few district playoffs under their belt.

After falling to the Netherlands in Game 1 over Spring Break, Port Neches-Groves came back to beat the Bulldogs in Game 2 and put in a strong performance against Beaumont United to turn around the District’s start to the season.

After breaking up with PNG, Nederland parted ways with Galena Park last week.

Despite an 11-1 loss to Galena Park, Memorial head coach Ahmad Smith said he felt the game was the best his team has played this season.

PNG head coach Scott Carter said his side have continued to play hard.

“We just do what we do,” he said. “Getting back a win against the Netherlands was important for us. It’s always a rival game. It complicates things with Coach Spell and his team there. They do a really good job, and those kids are always very competitive and our kids are competitive. It’s Mid County Madness style baseball. It’s always good to come out at least with a split.

Carter said the team’s work ethic was on display as PNG are working with a young and inexperienced squad.

“We want them to learn the game the way it’s meant to be,” he said. “We want them to respect the game. They’re doing a really good job of improving in that area. We just want them to come out and compete well every night. Naturally, we want to win every game and win the district. We will try. The most important thing is that they don’t fold and give up.

Carter said Caleb Faulk’s senior management was instrumental.

“He did a really good job for us,” Carter said. “I’m really proud that he stepped up and took charge. Caleb Faulk, Ryley Chiasson and Shawn Gardner played well. Shawn is a sophomore who moved from the infield to the back of home plate. He hits the ball very well and beats in our first place.

In Port Arthur, Smith said his side were still looking for their first district victory.

“We’re still maturing and learning the game,” he said. “They give him everything they have.”

Smith said his team is doing a good job of being mentally strong and added he sees a lot of promise in a young Titans roster that has just three seniors.

“We swing it pretty well,” Smith said. “We play good defense, supporting our pitchers. We’re going to burst that bubble soon, hopefully.

Smith said Abel Garcia, Emmanuel Garcia and Ariel Kithler have been bright spots in the team.

“We just have to keep our energy throughout the games,” he said. “We have to stay positive when bad things happen.”

Nederland are on a bye week for district play, but head coach Bryan Spell got his 100and career win over Vidor this week.

The coach said the team had played through adversity, adding that he hoped the team would be able to play better as district play resumes for the Bulldogs on Tuesday against Beaumont United.

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