Riley Pint – Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of The Year

CHICAGO (May 28, 2015) — In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Riley Pint of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year. Pint is the first Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Saint Thomas Aquinas 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 Pint as Kansas’s best high school baseball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, Pint 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.), Derek Lee (1992-93, El Camino HS, Calif.) and Jon Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).

RileyPintGatoradeThe 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior right-handed pitcher and infielder posted a 5-2 record a 2.20 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35 innings, leading the Saints (19-3) to the Class 5A regional this past season. A 2014 First Team All-State selection, Pint also produced a .362 average, including a home run and 15 RBI with the bat. He is a 2015 Under Armour All-American and is the No.1 prep prospect in the nation in the Class of 2016 as rated by Perfect Game USA.

Pint has maintained a 3.34 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a peer mentor, on behalf of the Kansas City Rescue Mission and helped found his family’s non-profit organization called “Our Birthday Club,” through which he and his sister contribute gifts and donations to charity in lieu of their own birthday gifts.

“Without a doubt, Riley Pint is the most impressive young pitcher we have faced in a while,” said Brendan McGinnis, head coach at Branson High. “We are blessed to have had the opportunity to face some of the best arms this region has produced over the past few years and he tops them all. His natural ability is obvious, but his mound presence and athletic ability to field his position is equally impressive.”

Pint has verbally committed to play baseball on scholarship at Louisiana State University beginning in the fall of 2016.

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.

Pint joins recent Gatorade Kansas Baseball Players of the Year Braden Minor (2013-14, Eisenhower High School), Ryan Colombo (2012-13, Seaman High School), Collin Wiles (2011-12, Blue Valley West High School), Conner Knight (2010–11, Maize High School), Cody Kukuk (2009-10, Free State High School), Garrett Gould (2008–09, Maize), Lee Ridenhour (2007-08, Shawnee Mission West High School), and Derek Norris (2006-07, Goddard) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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2015 College Signees

PLAYERCOLLEGEHIGH SCHOOL
Dillon RichardsonLindenwood U.Clinton
Luke RachwalU of St ThomasMill Valley
Conner DavisCreighton U.Blue Springs South
Jonathan FelixNeosho County CCBlue Valley Southwest
Josh ScribnerU. Nebraska-OmahaRay-Pec
Jackson LaytonSouthern Illinois-EdwardsvilleBlue Valley West
Ryan CyrMississippi St.Blue Valley
Luke RitterWichita St.Rockhurst
Joe ThomasTufts UniversityPembroke Hill
Alex KnightFt. Scott CCOlathe Northwest
Thomas WilliamsUS Naval AcademyOlathe East
Brendan StanekU. of ArkansasBlue Valley Southwest
Lauren LomaxTulsa U.Raytown
Lauren BuchananColorado St. U.Bishop Carrol
Megan HanselLamar U.Blue Valley West
Chasity WardBarton County CCSpring Hill
Catie JosseletMercer U.Blue Springs
Raven BassButler County CCOdessa
Anna BiondoWilliam JewelBelton
Sidney HollerDepawShawnee Mission South
Will MarchKansas City KS CCPark Hill
Nathan WilesOklahoma U.Blue Valley West
Austin HoegerlJohnson County CCBlue Valley Southwest
Miller HoganSt. Louis U.Blue Valley Southwest
Brock MasonFt. Scott CCBlue Valley
Davis SchwabKansas State U.Blue Valley West
Mackay WilliamsFt. Scott CCOlathe North
Noah CroftWichita St.Olathe South
Conner KaiserVanderbuilt U.Blue Valley West
Nick BosmaRhodes U.Rockhurst
Joey WentzU. of VirginiaShawnee Mission East

2014 College Signees

NICK BANMAN – Nick has verbally committed to play at Fort Scott Community College in 2014. We know that Nick will do great things there and will use this as a stepping stone for bigger and better things in his baseball future.
RYAN BERNSKOETTER – Ryan has verbally committed to play at Fort Scott Community College in 2014. This will be just a stepping stone for Ryan and will lead to even bigger and better things for him in the future.
COOPER CURRAN – Cooper Curran has verbally committed to play for Coach Mike Warren at Barton County Community College. The smooth fielding shortstop is a senior at Blue Valley North High School, and a member of the Mac-n-Seitz Red Sox coached by Jerry Hobbs. Congratulations Coop!
JOSH DEBACKER  – Josh has verbally committed to play at Wichita State University in 2014. Josh works hard at his game is very deserving of this offer. He has a bright future at WSU.
BLAINE FISHER – Blaine has verbally committed to play at Pittsburg State University in 2014. He has worked hard at his craft and is reaping the benefits. Blaine had a great summer with us and continued on into the fall.  We know he will do great things at Pitt and can’t wait to see him play there.
COLBY FITCH – Colby has made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Louisville in the fall of 2014. Colby has a tremendous up-side and will be a valuable addition to the Cardinals program.
DRAKE HERRMAN – Drake has accepted an offer with Pittsburg State University. Drake is a great athlete who has an electric arm. He will help the Gorillas immediately and will work very hard at Pitt. Drake attends Blue Valley Southwest.
DYLAN HOLDEN – Dylan Holden has accepted an offer with Emporia State University. Dylan is a great pitcher and will help the Hornets on the mound, in the field, and at the plate. He is a very smart baseball player and a student of the game. Dylan attends Desoto High School
MILES KILGORE – Miles Kilgore has accepted an offer with Rockhurst University. Miles is an excellent pitcher who will be an immediate impact for the Hawks. His 6’7″ height and great feel as a pitcher will give him many opportunities for Rockhurst. Miles attends Lees Summit North.
TRISTAN PERKINS – Tristan has verbally committed to play at Scottsdale Community College in 2014. Tristan has worked hard and is very excited to be going to Scottsdale CC. We are pleased for Tristan and hope this will be just the beginning of a bright future in baseball.
RYAN RALSTON – Ryan has committed to play at the University of Kansas in 2014. We are very proud of Ryan and his athletic accomplishments over the years. This commitment is just the beginning for what promises to be an exciting career for Ryan.
JOSH ROGERS – Josh has accepted an offer to play at Butler County Community College. Josh is an exceptional outfielder who loves the game. He will always give 100% effort for the Grizzlies. Josh attends Blue Valley North.
MITCH ROGERS – Mitch Rogers has accepted an offer to play at Johnson County Community College. Mitch has a great bat and the flexibility to play multiple positions. He will be a great asset for the Cavaliers. Mitch attends Blue Valley High School.
TANNER STRICKBINE – Tanner Strickbine has accepted an offer to play at Neosho County Community College. Tanner has worked very hard in his limited time as a pitcher and has a huge upside as a LHP for the Panthers. Tanner attends Blue Valley High School
ADAM THIES – Adam has verbally committed to play at Wichita State University in 2014. Adam has worked hard to get this offer and we couldn’t be happier for him and his family. Adam will be a nice addition to the WSU family.
CHAD THOMAS – Chad has accepted an offer to play at Neosho County Community College. Chad is an exceptional athlete who has a bright future for the Panthers both in the field and at the plate. Good luck for your senior year at Olathe East.
RYAN WADKINS – Ryan has verbally committed to play at Drury University in 2014. We are all very excited for Ryan and his family and he has a great opportunity in front of him. Ryan’s a terrific athlete and he will do great things in their program. He has come a long way since he moved here from Arkansas.  Another example of hard work paying off!
TYLER WATSON – Tyler Watson has accepted an offer to play at Johnson County Community College. Tyler is a very hard worker and student of the game. He will excel as a switch hitting infielder for the Cavaliers. Tyler attends St. Thomas Aquinas.

 

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.