Ripken Baseball and Greater Midwest Baseball will be hosting a travel team coaches meet and greet on Friday, 8 January, in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
The ‘Meet and Greet’ gathering will be held in the Jackson B Room at the Gaylord from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Ripken Baseball and Softball will be there handing out information about its facilities in Myrtle Beach, SC and Pigeon Forge, TN. Ripken will also be raffling off a signed jersey of a former MLB star to one of the attendees.
Greater Midwest Baseball will be providing information about their weekend tournaments in TN, KY, IN, OH, IL and MO. Discounts and Prizes Will Be Raffled Off
California PONY League Turns 30
A PONY league keeps riding along.
With over 900 players in their league (they started with around 300), Los Altos Mountain View PONY Baseball turns 30 in 2016, and continues to thrive.
The youth baseball organization, which is for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, and other close-by California communities, has gone from three divisions to nine since their inception.
The philosophy of the league is “Everyone Plays Real Baseball,” and the divisions have rules that adapt to the appropriately based age group.
Two AABC Teams Make Local Lists
Some American Amateur Baseball Congress affiliates are being recognized in their respective areas.
Both the Braintree White Sox (Massachusetts) and the Enid Majors (Oklahoma) were recently recognized by local publications for outstanding seasons.
The Braintree White Sox made headlines all year, and despite falling just short of another World Series Championship, the team was featured in Wicked Local Braintree’s “Sports Year in Review” for its successful season.
After winning the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ Stan Musial World Series crown in 2014, the Sox came up just short of repeating after being beaten by Westchase Express 9-3 in the finals in Farmingdale, New York.
Historically, the White Sox have been dominant, crushing the Cranberry Baseball League competition with six straight CBL titles and 16 in 24 years under Coach PJ Thompson.
The Enid Majors won their first Connie Mack State Championship, and were recognized as the eighth biggest sports story of 2015 by EnidNews.com in Oklahoma.
The Majors were led by tournament MVP Blake Shepard, who came up big against Oklahoma City Sandlot Blue in the Majors’ 14-4 win in the championship game. He was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and had 10 hits and no errors in the tournament.
The group made the finals on a 13-0 win over the Woodward Minors and a 10-2 win over OKC Sandlot Blue.