Ray Chang Delivers Encore Performance

Mac-N-Seitz’s very own, Ray Chang, propels Team China past Brazil in the World Baseball Classic

Ray Chang, a Kansas City native, and a Rockhurst University graduate has been training at the Mac-N-Seitz facility for the last 7 years of his professional career.

During the off-season he trains at the performance training center inside MNS alongside several other professional ball players.  He not only  trains at the facility, but he also is a long standing fielding instructor during the off-season working with several Mac-N-Seitz players and some of the top youth players in the area.  Ray will be in Arizona following the WBC when he reports to the Cincinnati Reds Training Camp.  This will be Ray’s first year with the Reds organization after spending the last two in Triple AAA Rochester with the Twins.  Before that he was with the Pirates and the San Diego Padres.

2013classicChangFUKUOKA, Japan — If baseball ever evolves into a major sport in China, the nation’s future ballplayers won’t ever stop telling stories about Ray Chang.

Chang was the hero of China’s first World Baseball Classic win back in 2009, and he delivered an encore performance in China’s final game in the 2013 Classic with a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning that propelled the Chinese to a 5-2 win over Brazil on Tuesday at Fukuoka’s Yafuoku Dome.

“Everybody on our team deserved to be up here,” Chang said during the postgame news conference. “Everybody has a role in this game, and everybody did their job. Starting pitcher Bu Tao did one heck of a job, and [so did] all of the relievers.”

http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130305&content_id=42282452

Kaiser Chooses Vanderbilt

ConnerKaiserConnor Kaiser has verbally committed to Vanderbilt University for 2015. The talented shortstop is a 6′ 3″ junior at Blue Valley West High School and during the summer a member of the Mac N Seitz Indians coached by Dave Felix.

He is one of three infielders in the United States that received a Rawlings High School Gold Glove Award this year. He had 93 chances and no errors with 66 assists and 10 double plays during the Spring season.

We are very proud of Connor and wish him much success at Vandy!

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DeBacker and Thies Verbal to WSU

Coaches Jeff Foster, Chad Wilfawn, and the entire Mac N Seitz family would like to congratulate Josh DeBacker and Adam Thies as they have verbally committed to continue their baseball careers at Wichita State University.

We are very proud of Adam and Josh and are excited about their decisions to play at WSU. Their hard work, passion for the game, and excellence in the classroom are paying off for them in a big way.

http://www.kansas.com/2013/08/22/2957978/two-kc-area-athletes-commit-to.html

Nick Legrande Throws Historic First Pitch

nick-legrandFormer MNS player Nick LeGrande threw out the first pitch via computer hook-up at an Oakland A’s game this summer.

Nick, who is in a battle with cancer, had a mound built near his Lake Latawana home which synched to a machine at the A’s coliseum.

The pitch was perfect.

We wish Nick the very best in his search for a bone-marrow transplant match.

 

Miller and Sweeney Named Rawlings CPL Players of the Week for Week 9 of Action

Story originally published by the Coastal Plain League (CPL) on July 29, 2013

The Coastal Plain League announced today that Edenton’s Trent Miller was named the Rawlings Hitter of the Week, while Martinsville’s Kevin Sweeney was named the Rawlings Pitcher of the Week for week nine (July 22-28) of CPL action.

Miller, a junior from Middle Tennessee State, had a great week at the plate for the Edenton Steamers. Miller had an impressive stat line with 15 hits for a .517 average with three doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI’s, 24 total bases, and a stout .828 slugging percentage on the week. Miller is currently on an eight game hitting streak and leading Edenton to the number one seed in the playoffs for the East Division.

Meanwhile, Sweeney, a 6-5, 215 pound junior for Drury, pitched a complete game shutout this week against Florence. The now two-time Rawlings Pitcher of the Week pitched a great game with six strikeouts while walking none and held the RedWolves to a .217 batting average. Sweeney’s win was part of the Martinsville Mustangs’ eight game winning streak to help put them back into playoff contention.

About the Coastal Plain League:

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPLfeatures 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 64 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

Trent Miller Tabbed CPL First Team All-Star

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Story originally published on GoBlueRaiders.com.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee’s Trent Miller was named a Coastal Plain League (CPL) postseason First Team All-Star, as announced by the league office earlier this week.

The Kansas City product notched a .347 average for the Edenton Steamers this summer, which ranked second in the CPL. Miller blasted nine home runs and drove in 32 runs in the span of 40 games. The rising senior stole 10 bases in 14 attempts, while inking an on-base percentage of .396. Miller was named the Rawlings’ CPL Player of the Week for July 29. He was also an All-Star game participant, along with Blue Raider teammate Jared Allen, who played for the Thomasville Hi-Toms.

The Steamers put together a 40-11 record, winning the second half East Division title and clinching the No. 1 seed in the CPL playoffs. Edenton fell to the eventual CPL Playoff Champion Peninsula Pilots in a decisive third game of the East Division Championship.

“Trent finished strong last spring and it carried into the summer,” noted head coach Jim McGuire. “He had a great season for one of the better collegiate league teams in the country.”

During his junior campaign, Miller recorded a team-best 50 RBIs and eight homeruns. The outfielder played in all 56 games, logging a .296 batting average with 28 extra-base hits.

Miller joins four other Blue Raiders (Allen, Michael Adkins, Zac Curtis and Jonathan Sisco) to earn accolades in summer leagues.

Several MNS Players Named to All-Metro Team

Several Mac-N-Seitz made the All-Metro team, including Dalton Moats who was named KC Metro Player of the Year!

Dalton Moats – KC Metro Player of the Year – 1st Team
Dalton MoatsNick Banman – 2nd Team
Nate Winfrey – 1st Team
Logan Gray – 1st Team
Ryan Ralston – 1st Team
John Oliver – Honorable Mention
Shane Hummel – Honorable Mention
Jordan Knutson – 2nd Team
Derek Hurt – Honorable Mention
Kade Larson – Honorable Mention
LJ Hatch – 2nd Team
Todd Czinege – Honorable Mention

Full story by the Kansas City Star

Colby Fitch – Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of The Year

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HICKMAN HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT NAMED GATORADE® MISSOURI BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CHICAGO (May 28, 2013) — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Colby Fitch of Hickman High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year. Fitch is the second Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Hickman High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Fitch as Missouri’s best high school baseball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award announced in May, Fitch joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Roy Halladay (1994-95, Arvada West HS, Colo.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman HS, Tenn.), Chipper Jones (1989-90, Bolles School, Fla.), Derrek Lee (1992-93, El Camino HS, Calif.) and John Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior catcher and outfielder batted .500 with five home runs, 25 runs scored, 22 RBI and a .960 slugging percentage, leading the Kewpies (15-7) to the Class 5 district semifinals this past season. A 2012 and 2013 Under Armour Pre-season All-American, Fitch threw out 12-of-15 base runners this season.

Fitch has maintained a 3.78 GPA in the classroom. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has served on his school’s student council and has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank and as part of multiple community clean-up initiatives.

“I have had the privilege of coaching against Colby Fitch and watching his growth as a player,” said Justin Towe, head coach at Rock Bridge High. “He is unquestionably one of the most respected players in the state of Missouri. He never backs down from a challenge and he is always willing to put in the extra effort required to be successful.”

Fitch has verbally committed to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Louisville beginning in the fall of 2014.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Fitch joins recent Gatorade Missouri Baseball Players of the Year Blake McFadden (2011-12, Savannah High School), Brett Graves (2010 – 11, Francis Howell High School), Chuckie Jones (2009-10, Boonville), Jacob Turner (2008–09 Westminster Christian Academy), Tim Melville (2007-08, Holt), and Nicholas Tepesch (2006-2007, Blue Springs) among the state’s list of former award winners.

To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.gatorade.com/poy.

Ryan Colombo – Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year

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SEAMAN HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT NAMED GATORADE® KANSAS BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CHICAGO (May 28, 2013) — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Ryan Colombo of Seaman High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year. Colombo is the first Gatorade Kansas BaseballPlayer of the Year to be chosen from Seaman High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Colombo as Kansas’s best high school baseball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award announced in May, Colombo joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Roy Halladay (1994-95, Arvada West HS, Colo.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman HS, Tenn.), Chipper Jones (1989-90, Bolles School, Fla.), Derrek Lee (1992-93, El Camino HS, Calif.) and John Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior right-handed pitcher and infielder led the Vikings (20-2) to a berth in the Class 5A state tournament, scheduled to begin May 25. At the time of his selection, Colombo owned a 4-1 record, a 1.01 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. The 2012 Class 5A Pitcher of the Year, he also batted .426 with 29 RBI, 20 runs and a .588
slugging percentage.

Colombo has maintained a 3.93 GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Spanish Club, Spirit Club and Sportsmanship Council, he has volunteered locally shoveling snow for elderly residents and as a youth baseball coach.

“Ryan Colombo has had a great career playing for one of the best baseball programs in the state,” said Jay Mastin, head coach at Topeka High. “He is a leader on Seaman’s team and his numbers are at or near the top of the very best of anyone in the state.”

Colombo has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Drury University this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Colombo joins recent Gatorade Kansas Baseball Players of the Year Collin Wiles (2011-12, Blue Valley West High School), Conner Knight (2010 – 11, Maize High School), Cody Kukuk (2009-10, Free State), Garrett Gould (2008–09 Maize), Lee Ridenhour (2007-08, Shawnee Mission West), and Derek Norris (2006-2007, Goddard) among the state’s list of former award winners.

To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.gatorade.com/poy.