The 11U South Florida Rampage team is going to the tournament.
The Rampage won first place in the recent Florida Gold Coast Presidents Day AAU Super Regional Tournament, giving the team free entry into the AAU Grand National Tournament Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida later this year.
The tournament was held at Phipps Park in West Palm Beach, and is one of several qualifiers for AAU National and International Championships.
Others include the March Madness AAU Super Regional on May 21-27 (8-14U) at Phipps Park, and the “Bringing the Heat” AAU International Championship Qualifier April 18-24 (8-14U) at Willow Park.
Padres Youth Program Gives Back
The Padres are pushing baseball in the community.
With the Padres Caravan tour, which saw players and coaches visit with local youth athletes, recently wrapping up, the organization announced an expanded version of the tour with will be made available to 20,000 area baseball and softball players.
Players like Tyson Ross and Brandon Maurer and new Manager Andy Green spoke to area kids about the importance of being active and following one’s dreams, and also distributed jerseys and other Padres memorabilia.
The organization hopes to make an impact on the community and add future Padres fans with the tours.
Former Petal High Stars, Pro Prospects, Hold Camp in Mississippi
Kids in Columbia got a taste of the big leagues over the weekend.
Top prospect Anthony Alford of the Toronto Blue Jays organization hosted his inaugural youth camp at Duckworth Park in Columbia, Mississippi with the help from some fellow professionals.
Alford, who is from Columbia, was selected in the third round by the Jays in 2012. Also present at the camp was 2012 Blue Jays first-rounder D.J. Davis, and Texas Ranger prospect Demarcus Evans, all of whom hail from the area.
The goal of the camp, which was held on the same fields Alford grew up playing on, was to make an impact on the kids lives while teaching them some of the key fundamentals of baseball.
Davis said the turnout was much larger than he expected. Both Davis and Evans played at the nearby Petal High School.