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Diamondbacks capture 18u National Division Title!
08/01/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Dustin Smith's Murfreesboro Diamondbacks is the 2014 SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18U National Division Champions! The squad sported a 10-2 league record (no forfeits - all games played). The Diamondbacks played an overall schedule that is second to none, taking on the top traditional summer programs in the nation. The Diamondbacks have been in existence for 12 years. For the 12th consecutive summer, every graduating Diamondback that played under Coach Smith recieved the opportunity to further their education and play the great game of baseball at the collegiate level. This is a great group of young men that are very deserving of recognition. Below are the champion members of the Diamondbacks and their High School. McKenzie Jackson (Central Magnet), Houston Nichols (CPA), Ryan Jennings (Warren County), Chayse Frye (Warren County), Carson Shrode (CPA), Zach Williams (Siegel), Slade Dale (Cookeville), Austin Worley (Central Magnet), Tyler Gilbert (Oakland), Ryan Shultz (Siegel), Demery Freeman (Oakland). Chandler Coley (Siegel), Logan Underhill (Warren County), James Paisley (Cookeville), Jackson Paisley (Cookeville), Will Gaddis (Brentwood), Johnny Rodgers (Siegel), Conner Moss (Siegel), Darek Sargent (Central Magnet). Michael Brown (Hendersonville), Davis Elliott (Ravenwood), Nolan Leebrick (Ezell Harding), Austin Reynolds (Blackman), Kaleb Swayze (Riverdale), Christopher Thompkins (Eagleville).

Gideon McKee is the 2014 16u MVP!
07/31/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: Gideon McKee with the league champion 16u Worth Bulldogs has been selected by the Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) as the Most Valuable Player in the 2014 SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u division regular season. Gideon is a rising junior at Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee. The Sandlotter caught up with Gideon’s coach, Chris Mayfield, and received the following comments. Gideon is a very crafty left handed pitcher and very good left handed stick. He also plays 1st base and outfield. During the SANDLOTT Mid-State league season, he was 3-0 on the mound, with 2 key saves as well. He batted in our 4 hole and hit .412 going 14 for 34, with 3 walks. He is on-base a lot and puts lots of pressure on opposing defenses with his gap to gap power and keen ability to put the ball in play. He is a kid who loves to be at the ballpark and comes ready to play every day, with a smile on his face. He is easy to coach and is always striving to get better, enjoying the opportunities to spend extra time in the cage. As a young player, Gideon has tremendous upside potential and has lots of baseball left to play in the future. As with all of my players on my team, I am very proud to be coaching Gideon.

Worth Bulldogs are the 2014 16u Champs!
07/22/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: Coach Chris Mayfield's Worth Bulldogs have won the 2014 16u division of the SANDLOTT Mid-State League. Congratulations to Coach Mayfield, his staff and all of his championship Bulldogs ( Micah Kaczor, Carson Pack, Bryce Denton, Micah McClellan, Alex Brewer, Hagan Severance,Noah Sims Marcus Evey, Walker McCleney, Bryce Giles, Gideon McKee, Garrett McChristian, Clayton Mayfield, Jake Current and Alex Hall ).

Nashville Select Navy captures 13u Title!
07/17/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Larry Nesbitt's Nashville Select Navy squad has won the 2014 SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u title. Congratulations to Coach Nesbitt, his staff and all of the championship players ( Carson Houk, Colton Thompson, Jack Victory, Conner Smith, Alex Huey, Max Sensing, Ronnie Caricofe Blake Kirchenbauer, Rhett Birdsong, JT Ferguson, Hunter Rodgers and Cameron Derryberry ).

Knights Baseball captures Perfect Game National Crown!
07/04/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Perfect Game ( PG ) World Wood Bat Association ( WWBA ) 18u tournament ended in Atlanta, Georgia today. 184 teams participated. The winner was our very own Knights Baseball Club from the SANDLOTT Mid-State League. The Knights are coached by former Belmont University standout Jason Anderegg. He was assisted by Mitchell Wright. The Knights went undefeated with a sparkling 11-0 record on the way to the championship. Kyle Wright ( incoming freshman to Vanderbilt University ) was voted the tournament offensive Most Valuable Player and Will Neely ( HS senior to be and a University of Tennessee commitment ) was the tournament Most Valuable Pitcher. The championship game was at the Lake Point Complex in Atlanta where the Knights defeated the Georgia Road Runners coached by former big league pitcher Paul Byrd 7-6. CONGRATULATIONS TO KNIGHTS BASEBALL!

Diamondbacks having successful tournament in Atlanta!
06/21/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Middle TN Diamondbacks are competing in the East Cobb Yankee Summer Classic, what is widely considered the top 17/18U invitational event in America. After picking up quality wins over the Windward Braves, Nelson Baseball Academy and the 13 time Connie Mack National Champion Midland Redskins, the squad will duke it out on Saturday against the 6 time and defending Connie Mack National Champions, the East Cobb Yankees. The Yankees will return the visit this coming Tuesday, June 24th at Seven Oaks Park taking on the TN Dores and then the Dbacks!

Diamondbacks well respresented in college baseball post season!
05/19/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u news: The Middle Tennessee Diamondbacks and the SANDLOTT Mid-State league will be represented well in two of college baseballs top events. The Columbia State Chargers, led by Coach Mike Corn, have earned a golden ticket to the Mecca of Junior College Baseball...the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO! Former Diamondbacks Ronnie Jebavy, Keirce Kimbel and Will Snider are all key members of the Columbia State squad that has played great baseball all season and is catching fire at the right time. Cumberland University has reached the pinnacle of NAIA baseball for what seems like the 100th time under Coach Woody Hunt. It is actually their 12th appearance in Lewiston, ID and looking for their 3rd National Title. Former Diamondbacks Ricky Coleman, Stevie Smith and Clint Meadows have all been key performers for the Bulldogs and hope to help bring back another title to Lebanon, TN. The Diamondbacks are very proud of and for these young men and their teams and wish them best of luck in their continued post season!

Jack Lavender Field to host college games this weekend!
03/13/2014
SANDLOTT baseball news: What Mother Nature knocked out in 2013 looks to be happening in 2014! College baseball will be played at Jack Lavender Field at Seven Oaks Park for what many think may be the first time ever. On Friday, Indiana Tech and Northwest Ohio University will duke it out in a conference doubleheader with the business mans special slated to start at 3:00. On Saturday and Sunday, Judson University and Northwest Ohio University will see who can outscore each other with both showdowns starting at high noon.

Diamondback pitchers reign as D1 baseball opens up 2014!
02/14/2014
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: Former Middle Tennessee Diamondback pitchers will represent the area as D1 baseball opening day is here! Johnathan Frebis will start on Saturday for the Blue Raiders of MTSU in their opening series against Kennesaw State in Atlanta, GA. Austin Coley (2013 draft) will take the bump for Belmont University for the opener on Friday against Bowling Green University at Rose Park. Sophomore Lefty Jonathan King gets the nod to toe the rubber for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta as the opening day starter. These 3 young men were integral parts of the 2011 Connie Mack Southeast Regional Champion Diamondbacks. Best of luck gentleman! The Diamondbacks and SANDLOTT Baseball are very proud of and for you.

Daniel Shaw inks with the Christian Brothers Bucs!
11/27/2013
SANDLOTT Baseball news: Daniel Shaw a 2013 SANDLOTT University Showcase participant has signed to play baseball at UT Martin. Daniel is a 6'0" 165lb left handed senior pitcher at Christian Brothers in Memphis TN. Our congratulations to Daniel for this wonderful opportunity to pitch at the next level. We wish Daniel many great innings and much success at UT Martin. Mickey Hiter Founder | President SANDLOTT Sports PG Super25 Regional Director

Sebastian "Frenchy" Lynn sign with Young Harris College!
11/25/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Sebastian “Frenchy” Lynn signed as a catcher with Division 2 school Young Harris College in north Georgia. Sebastian currently plays for coach Mack Hawks at Oakland High School. He played his freshman and sophomore years at LaVergne High School for coach Dean Darnell. “Frenchy” started out his baseball career in the Smyrna coach pitch league. He then played for Ray Hawkins on the Smyrna Bulldogs travel team. As a 9 year old he played for the Murfreesboro Thunderbolts coached by Steve Moss. He has been a valuable member of the Shoetiques Baseball Club the last 8 years. Congratulations Sebastian. JOHN MITCHELL

MUSIC CITY HOMERUNDERBY!
10/22/2013
SANDLOTT News: 2013 2nd Annual MUSIC CITY HOMERUN DERBY sponsored by MIDDLE TN BASEBALL ACADEMY November 2nd at 4:00 pm Music City Baseball Complex Cost: $10 per player if registered by October 30th $15 after October 30th (walk ups welcome on Nov 2nd) Ages: 8u, 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u Players will be in the division that they are eligible for in Spring 2014. Birthday cutoff is May 1st. ? The derby will consist of 3 rounds in which each hitter gets 10 outs. ? Any swing that is not a homerun will be counted as an out. ? All pitches will be live. You have the OPTION to bring your own pitcher. ? No bat restrictions ? The top 4 in each age group will go on to the second round. ? Then, the top 2 in each group will go into the Championship Round where a winner will be determined. If a tie occurs, there will be a sudden death round where each hitter gets 5 outs. ? The champion of each age group receives a trophy and t-shirt. Fence Distances: 120 feet - 8u 140 feet - 9u & 10u 200 feet - 11u, 12u, & 13u Come join in the fun and show your power! Register by email to clmercado6@yahoo.com Include player's name & birthdate and parent's name & phone number Contact Chris Mercado with any questions: 615-417-1659

Two more Knights Baseball players commit for 2014-15
09/04/2013
SANDLOTT 18u News: Coach Eric Fruechtemeyer of the Knights Baseball Club announces that Matt Cogen, an outfielder from Battle Ground Academy has committed to Old Dominion University and Tyler Brown, an infielder/outfielder has committed to Tennessee Tech. Both players will enter their respective schools in the fall of 2014.

Eight players from Knights Baseball make their college choice!
08/09/2013
SANDLOTT Baseball 18u News: Knights Baseball is proud to announce the following players college commits for the 2014 graduating class. Alex Junior (Goodpasture) Tennessee Tech University Kyle Conger (Brentwood Academy) Belmont University Greg Lambert (Madison Academy, AL) Southern Illinois University Joey Abraham (Central HS, AR) Vanderbilt University Tristan Chari (MBA) Vanderbilt University Kyle Wright (Buckhorn HS, AL) Vanderbilt University Cody Reed (Ardamore HS, AL) Vanderbilt University Chase Slone (Siegel) Southern Illinois University For more info on Knights Baseball please visit www.knightsbaseballtn.com

Peyton Burks is the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u Division MVP!
08/02/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: Peyton Burks with the league champion TN Dores Black has been selected as the Most Valuable Player ( MVP ) by the Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u division for 2013. Peyton is a 5’ 11” 180 lb left handed pitcher ( 6-1 record ) and left handed hitting first baseman ( hit .345 ). Peyton will be a Senior this fall at West Creek High School in Clarksville, TN. This is what TN Dores Black coach Jonathan Douillard had to say about Peyton, “Peyton had a great summer season for the TN Dores Black both on the mound and at the plate this year. He is a pure hitter and developed into a true starter on the mound. Off the field, Peyton is even better. He was extremely coachable and a great team player. It was a pleasure to have to the opportunity to coach Peyton this past summer as he was a most valuable player all year long”.

Worth Bulldogs are the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u Champions!
07/30/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: Coach Chris Mayfield’s Worth Bulldogs won the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u division with a perfect 12-0 record ( Bulldogs’ overall record was 50-15 with nine of those losses going to teams in an older age bracket ) . Coach Mayfield was assisted by Randy McChristian, Danny Baxter and Kenny Blackburn.........The Bulldogs were also the SANDLOTT 15u Wood World Champions. The championship Bulldog players were Kenny Blackburn, Jake Current, Robert Newton, Clayton Mayfield, Alex Hall, Gideon McKee, Noah Sims, Grant Baxter, Marcus Evey, Hagan Severance, Brett Rittenberry, Chipper Smith, Garrett McChristian, Bryce Giles, Alex Brewer, Bryce Denton and Riley Kobrick.

Robert Newton is the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u MVP!
07/30/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: Robert Newton with the league champion Worth Bulldogs has been selected as the Most Valuable Player ( MVP ) by the Sandlotter for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u division for 2013. Robert will be a Junior this fall at Sycamore High School ( also named 2nd Team All-District in 2013 as a Sophomore ) and carries a 4.0 GPA. This is what Worth Bulldogs coach Chris Mayfield had to say about Robert, “Robert is a versatile player with power, speed, and a strong arm at the infield corners and in the outfield. He is a strong hitter who strikes out very seldom, walks often, and has gap to gap power. He is a very tough out at the plate”. Throws – R Bats R 5’10 – 170 lb Batted over .600 with an OBP over .750 in 12 league games RBI - 19 (league) Runs - 13 (league) Played 1b, 3b, OF

TN Dores Black win the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u Title!
07/25/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: Coach Jonathan Douillard’s TN Dores Black have won the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u championship. Coach Douillard was assisted by Deron Griffis, Brad McDonough and Trae Weiss. The Dores finished with an impressive 13-3 record. The championship players were Jordan Mingo, Blake Greer, Jacob Reed, Luke Allison, Tee Miranda, Hunter Bradford, David Ferguson, Peyton Burks, Luke Jones, Robbie Young, Chris Wilson, Brett Lyell and Logan Taylor

Jay Rhoten signs with Chattanooga State!
07/23/2013
SANDLOTT mid-State 18u News: Shoetiques' Jay Rhoten, who played his high school ball at Goodpasture for Richie Estep, has committed to play for Greg Dennis at Chattanooga St. Community College for the 2014 season. Jay played for his dad Keith Rhoten at Goodlettsville Dixie Youth and led the Goodlettsville All-stars coached by Todd Kemp to 2 Southeast Regions as an 11 and 12 year old power hitter, pitcher, centerfielder and SS. He then played again for Todd Kemp and the Legends. After Coach Kemp retired from coaching, Jay joined the Shoetiques and has played for them since he was 14. Jay led Goodpasture to the 2012 AA state championship and also led them to the 2013 AA state runner-up.

Alex Ward is the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u MVP!
07/22/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Alex Ward with the league champion Shoetiques has been voted the Most Valuable Player ( MVP ) by the Sandlotter for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u division for 2013. Alex will be a senior at Oakland High School this fall. Alex played shortstop and pitched for coach John Mitchell’s ball club. He bats left and throws right. This is what coach Mitchell had to say about Alex. “Alex is a hard worker and a very versatile player. He can play anywhere on the infield with the exception of catcher and plays a good centerfield. Alex had a good feel for pitching and we were always very comfortable with him on the mound. On offense Alex had a keen eye at the plate and handled the bat very well. He doesn’t just have good speed ( 6.7 60) he is also a good base runner which isn’t always the case with guys that have good speed. Alex is a quiet leader amongst his teammates and is very respectful to his coaches.”

Shoetiques' Hunter Graham signs with Columbia State!
07/21/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News; Coach John Mitchell of the Shoetiques has announced that P/OF Hunter Graham has committed to play for coach Mike Corn’s Columbia State Chargers. Hunter signed as a pitcher.He will be on campus this fall. He Played at Dekalb Co. H.S. for Scott Odom. Hunter played his summers as a kid for the Blueticks and head coach Tony Leebrick. After Tony retired from coaching Hunter played for the Shoetiques the last 3 summers.

Shoetiques take the 18u SANDLOTT Mid-State Crown!
07/18/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Shoetiques, coached by former major leaguer John Mitchell, is the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u division champions. The “Shoes” had a splendid 12-2 record to claim the pennant. Coach Mitchell was assisted by former Trevecca University standout Corey Crunk. The following players made up this championship team. Rhett Stacey, Alex Ward, Aaron Hobbs, Peyton Motroni, Daulton Smith, Drew Hall, Ryan Robertson, Conner Boyd, Frenchy Lynn, Ryan Kemp, Hunter Graham, Logan Dorris, Brad Basham, Johnny Mitchell, Jay Rhoten and Michael Brown.

Garrett Smith named MVP for 13u Division!
07/17/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u Division News: Garrett Smith with the league champion Nashville Select has been tapped as the Most Valuable Player by the Sandlotter for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u division for 2013. Garrett will be an eight grader at Brentwood Academy this fall. This is what the Select’s coach, Larry Nesbitt, had to say about Garrett. “Garrett is a rangy outfielder with great speed on the bases and also has a ton of pop. He is truly a 5 tool player. But, more than that, Garrett is a great leader. It is always a positive when one of the most talented players on the team is also one that cares the most about the team. Garrett fits that mold. It is rare to find such a talented athlete that is also incredibly humble and coachable.”

Nashville Select wins 13u Division Title!
07/15/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u Division News: SANDLOTT Baseball 13U Champions: The Nashville Select have won the 2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u division. They had a very impressive 15-1 record. Congratulations to head coach Larry Nesbitt and assistant coach Jackson Nichols and all the championship Select players. They were: Brandon Glaser, Sam Gonas, Luke Street, Garrett Smith, Ryan Ragsdale, Parker Bullion, Coleman Smith, Jackson Pope, Graham Tulluch, Brady Slinger, Cooper Reynolds, Zach Vaughn and Justin Howell.

Diamondbacks open play in Connie Mack Regional
07/10/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Middle Tennessee Diamondbacks begin their quest for a spot in the Holy Grail of Summer Baseball, the Connie Mack World Series, today at 1:30 against the Memphis Tigers at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA. The Dbacks will send lefty Ryan Shultz, a Siegel HS grad and Trevecca University signee to the bump to set the tone for what hopes to be a great week of baseball. The Dbacks will go to battle with national power East Cobb Yankees at 6:30 at Lassiter High School. No starting pitcher has been announced yet. The squad will complete pool play with an 11:00 matchup on Thursday against the East Cobb Blue Jays at Lassiter High School. The top 2 seeds will advance to a best of 3 series to advance to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.

Worth Bulldogs take over undisputed first place in SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u Division!
07/03/2013
Worth Bulldogs took over undisputed first place....https://www.facebook.com/SandlottSports/posts/567470979958226

Middle TN Titans win 2013 SANDLOTT 13u Wood World Championship!
07/01/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Wade Kincaid's Middle TN Titans went to Greenville, Indiana to participate in the SANDLOTT 13u Wood World Championship this past Thursday. They knew they would be battling five other teams for the championship but they did not anticipate also battling with the weather. The Titans came out on top in both instances as they finished the rain shortened tournament with a perfect 4-0 record and brought home the trophy! Way to go Titans!

Worth Bulldogs win 2013 SANDLOTT 15u Wood World Championship!
06/30/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: Coach Chris Mayfield's Worth Bulldogs captured the SANDLOTT 15u Wood World Championship today with 7-2 victory over the Indiana Bulls at Shelby Park in Nashville, Tennessee. The Bulldogs had a perfect 7-0 record in the tournament!

Legends Baseball Club has several players to commit to college!
06/17/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Rick Haynie has announced that several players for his Legend Baseball club have chosen their college for this fall. Earlier Coach Haynie's son, Will, announced that he would be attending the University of Alabama. See below: Ross Grosvenor 1stBase, BGA - Walter's State. Andrew Towns LHP Father Ryan - Walter's State. Griffith Ganick INF Brentwood Academy - Austin Peay. Brad Jarreau OF JPII - MTSU. Nick Egli Catcher, BGA - Belmont. J.P. Brenzie RHP, Goodpasture - Trevecca.

Legends Baseball Club wins Connie Mack State!
06/17/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Rick Haynie's Legends Baseball Club captured the 2013 Connie Mack State Tournament held at Seven Oaks Park over the weekend. They defeated the Murfreesboro Diamondbacks by a score of 7-3 in the championship game. The Legends broke open a 3-3 tie in the 7th inning. After loading the bases Andrew Towns and Nick Egli produced sacrifice flies before Ross Grosvenor's two run double closed out the scoring. Campbell Schol from Mt. Juliet High School pitched a complete game to get the win for the Legends, giving up just 4 hits and one earned run.

Jack Lavender Field to host first ever college games!
02/25/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State League News: For the first time possibly ever, Jack Lavender Field will host collegiate baseball! This weekend Judson Univeristy and Taylor University will play doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday starting at noon each day. The renovation continues as improvements are made on a daily basis and this weekend will be a rewarding experience for anybody associated with Jack Lavender Field.

Diamondbacks make college choices for 2014!
01/27/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Middle Tennessee Diamondbacks have a handful of players that have already signed or verbally committed to the college of their choice for the fall of 2014. Zach Bey, a LHP from Smyrna HS, will be a Senator at National JUCO Power Walters State. Hunter Martin, a RHP from Blackman HS, will wear orange for the University of Tennessee. Patrick Reed, an OF from Siegel HS, will stay local and help Trevecca usher in the NCAA D2 era. Trevor Sutton, a RHP from Riverdale, will head west and wear blue in Memphis for the Tigers. Colt Adams, a RHP from Riverdale, will also wear purple at Trevecca Nazarene. Jamie Young, a LHP from DCA, will wear the Bison across his chest for David Lipscomb University. Congratulations to all of these young men and their families. Former Diamondback Coty Woods will wear a major league uniform for the Texas Rangers in 2013. Coty was one of the top prospects in the Rockies organization and the Rangers selected him in the Rule 5 draft this fall. Coty now must stay in the bigs with the Rangers or be offered back to the Rockies. Congratulations Coty! The Dbacks are extremely proud of and for you. Coty joins former Dbacks Bryan Morris and David Price in The Show.

Three more Knights make their college choices!
01/20/2013
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Knights Baseball has three more players that have committed to colleges for 2013-14. They are Brennan Washington (2013) OF from Ensworth HS has committed to Belmont University. Chase Slone (2014) INF from Siegel HS has committed to Southern Illinois University. Cody Reed (2014) LHP from Ardmore HS (AL) has committed to Vanderbilt University.

2013 SANDLOTT Mid-State league meeting!
12/28/2012
SANDLOTT mid-State News: Please plan to attend the meeting January 5th at Shelby or contact me at mhiter@bellsouth.net to register your team prior to the meeting. League fees are due January 5th. MEETING TIME IS 10:00 AM * Get 14-18 quality games with NO travel costs or gate fees * Get your own schedule together and play when YOU want to play * Get your games played - we can make up rainouts and there are fewer cancellations in league play than in pickup games * Get in mid-week games and avoid missing two weeks of play when a tournament is rained out * Get affordable insurance if you don't already have it * Get access to www.sandlotter.com - message board, teams news and personal team web site * Get access to league fields - Shelby and a remodeled Seven Oaks are available to league teams * Get access to full time league officials to help with your schedule, sanctions and other concerns All this and more when you play SANDLOTT Mid-State League. League meeting is January 5th. You can vote on the number of league games if you attend. League fee is only $365 in 2013.

Knights Baseball Club has two more college commitments!
11/26/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Knights Baseball club has had two more of their players to make their 2013 college baseball commitments.Logan Skipworth / Catcher has signed with Eastern Kentucky University and Michael McCreless / RHP/INF has signed with University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Cy Young winners played at Shelby Park!
11/20/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State League News: This years Cy Young Winners RA Dickey and David Price both grew up playing at the home of SANDLOTT Baseball the Old Timers Baseball Facility at Shelby Park in Nashville. The Old Timers field will turn 99 years old in 2013. Other current Major League players that played at the facility are Rex Brothers (Rockies) and Joe Blanton (Dodgers). Too many former Major Leaguers have played at the facility to list. Belmont U, Lipscomb U, Trevecca U, Dayton U, Northern KY U and Wright State U have all played home games at the facility. Field #2 is under construction and will be completed sometime in 2013.

Four more Knights make their 2013 college commitments!
11/12/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u news: Caleb Smith-Lincoln County HS- Caleb is a RHP/OF that has committed to MTSU. Rickey Heagarty-JP II- Rickey is a RHP that has committed to Christian Brothers University. Brett Burke- JP II- Brett is an OF that has committed to Hanover College in Indiana. Ryan O'Neal/OF from Jo Byrns high school has committed to play at King College in East Tennessee. King College is a D2 program that plays in the Carolina Conference. The Knights have had 7 players commit in the early signing period.

Knights' Scott Adkins commits to Tennessee Tech!
10/15/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Knights coach Eric Fruechtemeyer reports that catcher Scott Adkins has committed to Tennessee Tech. With Scott's commitment the Knights now have four players that have committed this fall. CONGRATULATIONS Scott!

Middle Tennessee Diamondback makes major league debut!
09/14/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: Former Middle Tennessee Diamondback and first round draft pick Bryan Morris made his Major League Debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday against the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field. He threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning in the Pirates loss. Bryan was a 3 year starter for the D'backs and joins former D'back David Price as alumni in the Major Leagues. Congratulations Bryan, the D'backs organization is extremely proud of you and proud for your family!!

SANDLOTT Baseball teams up with Travelball
09/08/2012
SANDLOTT News: SANDLOTT Baseball been working for 13 years to offer the best quality tournaments for an affordable price. Good competition, good fields and great hospitality. In 2013 we're offering even more........... SANDLOTT is teaming up with TravelBall Select to send a SANDLOTT team to the highest level of competition for youth baseball. The winners of the SANDLOTT Baseball Championship at each level (13u-16u) are automatically qualified to attend the ultimate in youth travel baseball championships - The TravelBall National Championships. The top 24 teams world wide will play on at the TravelBall Championships. The only way to qualify is thru one of the qualifying events set up by TravelBall Select. SANDLOTT Championships has been selected to be one of the sites to qualify for the most prestigious event to crown the VERY BEST team in the world at that age level and have the chance to play before a potential viewing television audience of 64 million homes on COMCAST. The production crew that does the Atlanta Braves games will be covering the events streaming all of the games on the internet and broadcasting the semi-final and finals on National TV. So... attend the SANDLOTT Championships in 2013 listed below for great INTERNATIONAL competition, play on quality fields and enjoy our best hospitality. Plus.... play for an extraordinary opportunity to play on a national television stage. SANDLOTT is always striving to give you MORE than you expect in an International tournament. God bless Mickey Hiter SANDLOTT Baseball phone :: 615.974.4537 email :: mhiter@bellsouth.net website :: www.sandlotter.com SANDLOTT 13u Wood World Championship - July 3-7 Greenfield IN SANDLOTT 14u Wood World Championship - July 3-7 Nashville, TN SANDLOTT 15u Wood World Championship - June 26-30 Nashville TN SANDLOTT 16u Wood World Championship - June 26-30 Nashville TN

Legends make college choices!
09/01/2012
SANDLOTT 18u News: Legends players make their college choices. Coach Rick Haynie with Legends Baseball Club has announced that five of his players have made their commitment to their college choice. Nick Jett, a 2012 graduate of Page H.S. has committed to DYERSBURG STATE, where he will be attending this fall. The others are: Braxton Brinkley SS ( JPII)-WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY., Caleb Hernden P (Ezell-Harding)-LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY Hayden Stone P (Columbia)-VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY., Will Haynie C (Brentwood Academy)-UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. These four are all 2013 graduates.

Knights commit for their college choice!
08/10/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: Coach Eric Fruechtemeyer with the Knights Baseball club announces that three of his Knights players have committed to their college choice. All three will graduate this coming spring. They are and their choice of school: Penn Murfee (MBA) INF- VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY Gage Downey (PAGE HS) C/IF- EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY Jordan Sheffield (TULLAHOMA HS) P- VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Three Diamondbacks make their college choices!
08/07/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Dustin Smith announces that three more of his Middle Tennessee Diamondbacks have made their college baseball choice. Thomas Bradey has signed to play at Div II Montevallo University of the Peach Belt Conference. He was also named Daily News Journal Offensive Player of the Year and to the Tennessean All District, All Region, and All State teams this year while playing for Riverdale High School. Cody Swafford, a RHP from Smyrna HS will suit up for the Chargers of Columbia State this fall. Coach Mike Corn has the Chargers headed in the right direction and poised to make an appearance in Grand Junction, CO to play for a national title very soon. Jordan Holland, a LHP/Outfielder from Hendersonville, will remain teammates with Swafford in Columbia and hopes to help lead the Chargers to the promised land.

Bryce Denton chosen SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u MVP!
07/19/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Bryce Denton The Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) has chosen Bryce Denton as the 2012 SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u division Most Valuable Player. Congratulations to Bryce and all of his Worth Bulldog SANDLOTT Mid-State championship teammates. Farrell Owens – The Sandlotter Bryce throws right and and bats right. This summer he played shortstop, centerfield, catcher and pitcher. He is a rising sophomore at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee. Below is what his coach, Chris Mayfield, had to say about Bryce. “This team was comprised of great kids and baseball players. The leader of our team was Bryce Denton, the very deserving MVP of the 2012 14U Sandlott Mid-State League. Bryce is a versatile player with everything you want in a baseball player; power, speed, agility and strong arm. He demonstrated his skills in league play this year with dominant pitching performances and victories in both starting and relief roles, as well as showcasing his hitting prowess with multiple extra base hits, including 3 home runs and multiple walks. His on-base percentage exceeded .650 and he was always a tough out. This kid plays hard all of the time and loves and respects the game and his teammates and coaches. Moreover, he lifted our team up to play at a higher level. He has a great work ethic and can never play enough baseball. He is one to watch for in the future.”

Austin Godwin is MVP Of the SANDLOTT Mid-State 16 Division!
07/16/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: The Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) has named the league champion Worth Bulldogs’ Austin Godwin as the Most Valuable Player of the SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u Division for 2012. See below information on Austin. Farrell Owens – The Sandlotter Austin Godwin – WORTH Bulldogs 16-U (MVP) Throws - R Bats - Left 6’2 – 220 lb 1st cousin of former Trevecca player & current Dodgers minor leaguer Craig Stem Batted .400 with 14 hits in 35 league at bats RBI - 12 (league) Runs - 9 (league) Only league pitching appearance was against the TN Travelers where he faced 3 hitters and struck out the side. Played 1b, 3b, DH and RHP Senior to be at Friendship Christian ( also named District MVP in 2012 as a Junior ) only loss in 2012 High school season was in the quarterfinals of TSSAA state tournament. Carries a 3.68 GPA and scored 25 on his initial ACT.

Diamondbacks season comes to a close in Montgomery, Alabama!
07/14/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks run towards the Connie Mack World Series came to an end in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday. A 4-1 loss to the eventual Southeast Region Champion Florida Legends (victors in the championship game 3-2 over the LaLey Legends) ended the Dbacks season. Collin Stoecker was dominant for 5 2/3 innings, shutting out a Legend lineup that included a combined 7 Florida State and University of Miami signees or committs. A 2 out grand slam lifted the Legends from the edge of elimination and propelled them into the championship game. Congratulations to the Legends and best of luck in Farmington, New Mexico in the Connie Mack World Series!

Diamondbacks staying alive in Southeast Regional Tournament!
07/13/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks quest for a second consecutive Connie Mack Southeast Regional title is still alive! After suffering a 7-2 loss to a very scrappy and hard nosed Florida Elite squad on Wednesday, the squad handed the Hammond, LA Yankees a 6-1 defeat on Thursday in an early game. Mason Dunn, a Beech HS grad and Trevecca signee was magificent from the start. He twirled a complete game 76 pitch effort allowing an unearned run picking up the victory. The team trailed 1-0 through 4 before rallying to put a 5 spot in the bottom of the 4th and tacking on another run in the 5th to set the finall tally. The real drama was in the nightcap against the Memphis Tigers. Trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the 5th, the Dbacks scored 1 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th before Austin Reynolds drove in pinch runner Patrick Reed with the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th to claim victory. Chevis Hoover was outstanding in relief picking up the win. The Dbacks advance to Saturdays championship round and are 2 wins away from returning to Farmington, New Mexico to the Connie Mack World Series!

Worth Buldogs 16's win the 16u Division Pennant!
07/13/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: Coach Kevin Gaines' Worth Bulldogs have won the 16u division championship of the 2012 regular season SANDLOTT Mid-State league. Congratulations to Coach Gaines, his staff and all the champion Bulldogs. Best of luck in the post season.

Worth Bulldogs win SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u title!
07/12/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Coach Chris Mayfield's Worth Bulldogs are the 2012 SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u regular season champions. Congratulations to Coach Mayfield, his staff and all the champion Bulldogs. Good luck in your post season play.

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks at Southeast Regional in Montgomery, AL
07/10/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks will begin their quest for a second consecutive berth in the Connie Mack World Series on Wednesday in Montgomery, Alabama. The Dbacks will take on the Florida Elite at 2PM at Faulkner University. On Thursday, the squad will battle the Hammond Yankees at 11:30 and the Memphis Tigers at 4:30. The top 4 overall seeds will square off in a single elimination bracket on Saturday with all the marbles on the table.

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks are on a roll!!
07/09/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18 news:The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks ended the 4th of July weekend with some fireworks of their own with a solid 4-0 win over the Clarksville Orioles in a single nine inning affair. Jonathan King was a one man wrecking crew, striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings of work on the mound and going 2-4 at the plate with a home run. Austin Reynolds provided solid relief and Chevis Hoover slammed the door with a scoreles ninth inning. Austin Swayze provided additional punch on offense with 2 doubles. On Friday, the Dbacks swept the East TN Bulldogs 9-7 and 11-0. In the afternoon contest, Chevis Hoover was 2-4 with 4 RBI's. Jackson Caldwell picked the win with 2 solid innings of middle relief and Cody Swafford notched a 2 inning save. In the nightcap, Stevie Smith, Collin Stoecker and Mason Dunn combined to toss a no-hitter and punch out 7 Bulldogs in the run rule shortened contest. The Diamondbacks will head to Montgomery, Alabama on Tuesday with hopes of defending their 2011 Connie Mack Southeast Regional crown. Pairings will be anounced at the coaches meeting Tuesday night with play to begin on Wednesday. The winner of the regional tournament will advance to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico. Two teams have already qualified for Farmington, the Bayside, New York Yankees and the Dallas DBAT Mustangs, both teams the Diamondbacks have handed losses to already this summer.

Flames Baseball win SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u Division Championship!
06/30/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Jay Vondohlen's Flames Baseball club has captured the 2012 regular season championship for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u division. The Flames have had an outstanding past two weeks as they won the BPA ( Baseball Players Association ) state-minor division this past week. Way-To-Go Flames!

Josh Wilson captures MVP award for SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u Division!
06/26/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Josh Wilson - Clarksville Orioles Josh Wilson with the league champion Clarksville Orioles has been selected as the Most Valuable Player by the Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u Division for 2012. He will be entering Columbia State Junior College this fall. The following is what his coach ( Jared Hill ) had to say about Josh. "Josh is the most consistent hitter I have ever coached, only striking out 13 times in his high school career. He is a true competitor at the plate and on the mound, and you never have to ask him to play hard. Columbia State is getting a great baseball player." *Throws/Bats: L/L Pitcher/OF/1b *Pitched one game(1-0) against the league runner-up Middle TN Diamondbacks - pitched 4 innings, 2 strikeouts & recorded the win *batted .444 with 12 hits in 27 at bats (all singles & 1 triple) *scored 5 runs *9 RBI's *included a 4 for 4 game with 3 RBI's vs. Middle TN Diamondbacks in the 4-3 victory *Clarksville High School - Spring 2012 graduate (ABOVE STATS ARE JUST FOR THE 7 GAMES PLAYED IN THE LEAGUE)

Clarksville Orioles Capture SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u Pennant!
06/25/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News; The Clarksville Orioles captured the 2012 championship of the 18 and under age division of the SANDLOTT Mid-State league this past Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Middle TN Outlaws. Congratulations to head coach Jared Hill, assistant coach Chris Shelton and all of the Orioles. Good luck in your post season play.

Tn Dores' Matt Faulkner spins PERFECT game!
06/12/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Lefthanded pitcher Matt Faulkner threw a 5 inning perfect game tonight as he and his TN Dores defeated the TN Rockhounds 4-0. Congratulations to this St. Henry 8th grader to be.

Middle TN Legends win Diamondback Challenge!
06/10/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Middle Tennessee Diamondbacks would like to thank everybody for participating in the 2012 Diamondback Wood Bat Challenge. Thanks to beautiful weather, all pool games were played as scheduled and many college and pro scouts were able to watch some great baseball. The Middle Tennessee Legends are declared champions of this year's event. Rain washed out Championship Sunday and the Legends sported a 5-0 record in pool play and had the tie-breaker on run differential against their opponents. A special thank you to each of our host sites at Siegel HS, Riverdale HS, Smyrna HS, Blackman HS and Shelby Park for another great job in providing beautiful playing fields for this event. We hope to have each team back next year and best of luck the rest of the summer. Final pool standings can be found at www.mtdbacks.com.

Two Middle Tennessee Outlaws make their college choices!
05/16/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Two Middle Tennessee Outlaws have decided what school they will play college baseball for. Hunter Stewart, a versatile INF/OF from Beech HS and David Lankster, a SS/3B/C from Beech HS have both decided to remain teammates at the next level with the Pioneers of Vol State. Vol State is a traditional contender for the Tennessee Junior College championship and have made mulitple appearances in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO. Congratulations to both of these young men and their families!

Diamondbacks' Taylor Walker makes college decision!
05/06/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Taylor Walker, a first baseman from Riverdale HS has signed the dotted line to play baseball collegiately. Walker will head west and wear green for the Generals of Jackson State. He is currently among the mid-state leaders in home runs with 9 and hopes to help lead Riverdale deep into the post season and then help lead the MT Diamondbacks back to Farmington, New Mexico for the Connie Mack World Series in August. Congratulations to Taylor and the Walker family!

HELP needed at Seven Oaks Park this weekend!
04/16/2012
This coming Friday and Saturday (20th and 21st), the Middle Tennessee Baseball Foundation will be hosting work days at Jack Lavender Field/Seven Oaks Park and they need your help. All volunteers are welcome and nobody will be turned away. We will be doing everything from weeding to pressure washing to painting, roofing to installing outfield wall to repairing the bleachers and will have enough stations to keep everyone occupied. Friday, the 20th we will start working at 5:00 PM and will conclude when the lights go out that evening. Saturday, the 21st we will start at 9:00 AM and put in a full days work. If you plan to attend one or both of these days, please let me know so that we can keep a working list to help better plan the day. We will have refreshments on-site to keep everyone hydrated. If you plan to attend and would like to bring any tools or equipment, here are the items we know will come in handy: Paint Brushes Paint Rollers Paint Trays Paint Sprayers Drop Cloths Pressure Washers Chainsaws SOS Pads Sanders Wheel Barrows Yard Garbage Trash Bags General Tools (Hammers, Screw Drivers, etc) Trucks and Trailers Jack Lavender Field is a Nashville baseball landmark and we hope everyone can get involved to bring it back to its original condition (and maybe even a little better). From the Middle Tennessee Baseball Foundation we want to thank every one of you ahead of time for your hard work and efforts. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We hope to see you out at the diamond on Friday and Saturday so we can see out on that same diamond for a long time to come. You Can Contact Us About This Weekend at: Dustin Smith - duck34_aes@yahoo.com or 615-631-1740 Jonathan Douillard - jdouillard@chco.com or 615-517-7700

Zack May signs with the Maryville College Scots!
02/21/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Zach May, a RHP from Riverdale HS, who plays summer ball with the Middle TN Outlaws, will take his talents to the Maryville College Scots in the fall of 2012. The Scots are one of the most successful NCAA Division III collegiate programs in the south. May has a shot to step in and make an immediate impact on the bump at Scotland Yard in Maryville in the spring of 2013. Congratulations to a great young man and his family!

Two more Diamondbacks make college choice!
01/19/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: Today Coach Dustin Smith announced that two more Diamondbacks have committed to continue their academic and baseball careers. Ronnie Stephens, a centerfielder from Riverdale HS will roam the outfield at Dave Hall Field for Coach Corn's Columbia State Chargers in 2013. Mason Dunn, a Right Handed Pitcher from Beech HS, will wear purple and black on the hill for Trevecca University and Coach Lord in 2013. Congratulations to both of these young men and their families.

Sean Leitstein signs with Tennessee Temple!
01/12/2012
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: Congratulations to Sean Leitstein and his family. Sean committed to Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga. Sean makes the 6th Knight to commit this off season.

Andy Gilley voted Mid-State HS Golf coach of the year!
12/22/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League News: Coaches. Please see page 2c in this morning’s Tennessean. For the second year in a row Andy Gilley has been name the Mid-State Boys Golf Coach of the Year ( his team, Hendersonville Commandos, won the state Golf championship this fall for the second straight year ). Andy has been a long-time baseball coach in the Sandlotter league and we are really proud and tickled for him. Farrell Owens - The Sandlotter

Five Diamondbacks choose where they will play their college ball!
11/09/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: The Middle Tennessee Diamondbacks, fresh off their first appearance in the Connie Mack World Series, have five players that have decided where they will play baseball at the collegiate level. Jonathan King ( Riverdale HS ) will take his talents to Atlanta, GA to be a Yellow Jacket at Georgia Tech. Dathan Prewett ( Spring Hill ) will stay in Middle Tennessee and wear blue for Coach Steve Peterson’s Blue Raiders at Middle Tennessee State University. Clay Skipworth ( Blackman HS ) will be a Pioneer at Volunteer State CC in Gallatin, TN. Austin Swayze ( Riverdale HS ) will head to East TN and suit up for National JUCO power Chattanooga State. Will Snider ( Blackman HS ) will join Skipworth in Gallatin to become a Pioneer at Volunteer State CC. Congratulations to all of these young men and their families!

Four Knight players select their college destination!
11/02/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: Coaches Jason Anderegg and Eric Fruechtemeyer report that the below Knight players have made their decision concerning where they will play their college baseball. They are: Jarred Carkuff - Cascade HS - Austin Peay State University (DI OVC), Charlie Weaver - Bob Jones HS (AL) - University of Alabama-Huntsville (DII Gulf South Conference), Luke Pearce - Bob Jones HS (AL) - University of Alabama-Huntsville (DII Gulf South Conference), Blake Rowlett - Clarksville Academy - Faulkner University (NAIA) and Blake Talley - Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama

Breakfast to raise funds to refurbish Jack Lavender Field!
10/31/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: On November 19, from 7AM - 10AM, at Lipscomb University, the Middle Tennessee Baseball Foundation will be hosting Jack Lavender Holiday Breakfast. For those of you that don't know this, Mr. Lavender used to invite all friends of the baseball community to Jack Lavender field for a large group breakfast around the holidays. It was a tradition that he carried out until he was unable to do so the past few years. It was nothing to see hundreds of people come and go from the press box at Twitty City's home field on what was usually a Saturday morning to grab a plate of food and talk baseball or life with people they had not seen in years. This is a free breakfast for anybody that wants to attend. However, donations will be accepted. Per the Lavender family request, all donations will go back into the renovation of Jack Lavender field. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute to the project please feel free to email me at duck34_aes@yahoo.com. Thank You,

Middle TN Elite wins the SANDLOTT Fall Shootout!
09/19/2011
SANDLOTT News: Coach Chad Biles' Middle TN Elite won the SANDLOTT Fall Shootout with a 4-3 win over the Franklin Falcons in a very tight championship game. The Elite were a perfect 4-0 in tournament play and allowed only 8 total runs in the four games they played. Two wins were shut outs. The Franklin Falcons played them extremely tough in the final game but the Elite continued to play solid defense with good pitching. Hunter Martin was the winning pitcher in the championship game. Josh Freeman went 6 for 10 and Matthew Lyons went 5 for 11 leading the Elite offense in the tournament. Congratulations to Coach Biles, his staff and all the championship Elite players.

SANDLOTT Fall Ball!
08/14/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: SANDLOTT FALL BALL Deadline August 20 for registration! Contact me via email as soon as possible to reserve a spot!! Where: This year we will have our 13u thru 18u fall ball league at Shelby with some games at Pitts or other fields if the schedule dictates. Format: Play will be informal with open rosters and free substitution. It's a great time to try out new players and get ready for 2012. Age limits: You will play in the age group your players will be in the spring of 2012. When: Play will be both week nights and weekends. You will be able to request dates you want to play and we'll draft a schedule for you. # of games: Teams can play every week or some weeks. The schedule will be flexible. You will submit your open dates to me and I'll match them with the other teams. Costs: The cost is only $295.00 per team (plus 1/2 the cost of umpires as you play). Entry deadline: The deadline to enter is August 20th. Return this form with your $295.00 check payable to SANDLOTT. I'll contact you with your schedule once the teams are set. Tournament: We will also have some in season tournaments - one for 13's and 14's and also one for the high school age. All fall ball teams will be eligible to play in those events if you choose to and be discounted on the entry fee. More details will follow on the tournaments. DEADLINE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM FOR FALL BALL IS AUGUST 20TH. Please send in your entry as soon as possible to allow us to prepare the schedules. EMAIL- Mickey Hiter with any questions--- mhiter@bellsouth.net COACH NAME: TEAM NAME: HOME PHONE: CELL PHONE: WORK PHONE: EMAIL ADDRESS: CHECKS PAYABLE TO : SANDLOTT P O BOX 110375 NASHVILLE, TN 37222 Looking forward to seeing you at the park. Mickey Hiter

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks Celebrate Magical Season!
08/13/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks magical postseason run came to end at the Holy Grail of summer baseball, the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico. They were the first team from Middle TN since 1972 to qualify for this event. The Dbacks lost their first game 3-1 to the DBAT Mustangs from Dallas, Texas. Johnathan Frebis pitched a great game in front of a crowd of 6,000 plus, striking out 7 in 6 innings of work, allowing only 1 earned run. The Ann Arbor Travelers eliminated the Dbacks the next night in a very emotional contest 4-3 in front of a packed house of almost 7,000 fans. After taking a 3-2 lead into the 5th inning, the Dbacks could not hang on as the Travelers clawed back to score 2 and eventually hold on for the win. The Diamondbacks represented Middle Tennessee with a lot of pride, class and great character over the week and Middle TN should be proud of these young men. The Midland Redskins won their 13th Connie Mack National Title on Friday night. As the awards were handed out during the post game ceremony, a loud ovation took place when anounced that the Murfreesboro, TN Diamondbacks had won the Sportsmanship Award for the 2011 Connie Mack World Series. These players won a spot in the hearts of the community of Farmington, New Mexico and made memories and friends that will last a lifetime while doing so.

Rob Mackey, Sandlotter programer dies!
08/12/2011
Sandlotter News: It is with great sadness that I post the below news. Farrell Owens - The Sandlotter-------- Rob Mackey, Sandlotter web site designer/programer passed away on August 10, 2011 at the young age of 56. He was a personal friend to Mickey Hiter and Farrell Owens and a very important part of SANDLOTT Baseball and the Sandlotter web site. He will be missed in many ways. His wit and positive nature always helped us find our way. His involvement as a real baseball guy who coached and umpired gave him great insight into what we needed to make the web site the ribbon that ties youth baseball together in TN and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Although Rob stayed behind the scenes as the technological arm of SANDLOTT Baseball his influence will continue to live on each time someone logs onto Sandlotter.com.-------- Rob's death notice: Mackey, Robert Age 56, born in New Lenox, Illinois, passed away August 10, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital with his sister and children by his side. Rob enjoyed living in California for many years before moving back to the Chicago land area in the early 80's. Rob always said his greatest joy in life was his children Robby (25) and Mabel (22). The three of them loved and supported one another. They shared great times together during Rob's life. Rob developed computer software and ran his own business for many years. In 2001, he was hired by Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) to develop and run programs and tournaments for the Ho-Chunk baseball complex in Lynwood. Baseball was his passion. For over 40 years, he coached and umpired youth baseball, making a significant impact on many lives. Rob is also survived by his parents Bob (Marilyn) Mackey and LaVerle Mackey, mother of his children, Laura Brady, his nieces Jennifer (Bryan) Lindskog and Sarah Silverman, and his devoted sister Ruth (David) Silverman. Rob was surrounded by many terrific friends who admired his independent spirit, including Arlene Berger, Omar Caballero, Sue Nabhan, and Fran and Nancy Pell. His family would like to thank the amazing staff of the oncology unit of Good Samaritan Hospital who brought him comfort and care during his courageous battle with cancer. According to Rob's wishes, his body was donated to science for medical research. A celebration of Rob's life will be held on Saturday August 13th, at Ho-Chunk Baseball Complex, 10 Southland Drive, Lynwood, IL, beginning at 3pm. In lieu of flowers donations to be used according to the family's wishes would be appreciated.

Buford ( Mudcat ) Brewer going into the MTSU Baseball Hall of Fame!
08/09/2011
Sandlotter News: Coaches. Just had to make sure that you all knew that Buford ( Mudcat ) Brewer is being inducted into the Middle Tennessee State University ( MTSU ) Baseball Hall of Fame this October 29th. The Sandlotter was privileged to cover Mudcat during his sandlot days. In 1991 Mudcat was selected the MVP of the Stan Musial League. Mudcat was drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of MTSU and was playing in class A ball when he collided with another outfielder and tore ligaments in his knee. This ended Mudcat’s professional baseball career. Even though Mudcat has been gone 17 years from the baseball program at MTSU he is still in the top ten for nine offensive categories. For the past several years this 1990 Smyrna High School graduate has been active in coaching high school and sandlot baseball in Rutherford County. The last 10 years he has been a teacher and assistant baseball coach at Blackman High School. This school year he will be an assistant principal at Brown’s Chapel Elementary in Rutherford County. The Sandlotter is so proud of Mudcat and wanted all of you to know of his latest accomplishment. Farrell Owens – The Sandlotter www.sandlotter.com

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks lose heartbreaker, Eliminated from WS!
08/07/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks lost a heartbreaking 4-3 game to the Ann Arbor Travelers tonight. The Diamondbacks are now eliminated from the Connie Mack World Series being played in Farmington, New Mexico. Kudos to Coach Dustin Smith, his staff and all of his outstanding players. They represented middle Tennessee and the southeast region very well.

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks drop opening game in Mack World Series!
08/06/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks lost the opening game in the Connie Mack World Series today by a 3-1 score to the Dallas Mustangs. They will be playing the Ann Arbor Travelers tomorrow. Please see www.cmws.org Games can be watched at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/connie-mack-world-series. Can be heard at http://www.verticalradio.org/.

Ontario Terriers Win SANDLOTT HS Division World Series!
07/25/2011
SANDLLOTT Baseball News: Congratulations to the Ontario Terriers on winning the SANDLOTT High School division World Series with a 2-0 nail biting championship game win over the CT Tide yesterday. The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks 17’s and Keystone Wildcat Baseball finished 3rd and 4th.

More News on the Diamondbacks!
07/24/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks will be the first team to represent Middle TN in the Connie Mack World Series since 1981 on August 6. The Diamondbacks swept through the Connie Mack Southeast Regional with a dominant pitching performance by the entire staff. Combining to allow only 4 runs in 34 innings of play and only 16 hits allowed, the Dbacks went 5-0 to claim the crown. Jonathan King scattered 4 hits over 5 innings and Shelby Robbins finished off the Florida Bombers with 2 scoreless after a 2 hour rain delay in an impressive 6-0 win. The Bombers entered the tournament as a favorite with 9 draft picks in this years MLB draft. Logan Dietz continued the mound dominance with a complete game no-hitter over Foundation Baseball, the Georgia Connie Mack State Champions, 8-0. Austin Coley then twirled a complete game one hitter over the Memphis Tigers in a 3-1 win. Johnathan Frebis took the mound and scattered 6 hits over the defending champion East Cobb Yankees in a complete game 4-1 win. Stevie Smith, Zach Taylor, Logan Dietz and Shelby Robbins then shut down the Memphis Tigers to claim the crown on Saturday morning. Each performance was even more impressive considering that no pitcher topped even the 95 pitch barrier. The Diamondbacks will fly out on August 4 to represent the entire Southeastern United States.

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks headed to Connie Mack World Series!
07/23/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Dustin Smith’s Murfreesboro Diamondbacks are headed to Farmington, New Mexico for the Connie Mack World Series. Yesterday the Diamondbacks defeated the East Cobb Yankees, FIVE TIME Connie Mack world champions, and this morning the Diamondbacks defeated Memphis to go unbeaten and win the Connie Mack Southeast Regional held in Atlanta, Georgia. Check this site out often as the Sandlotter will be tracking the Diamondbacks as they prepare for the Farmington event. More news later on the date of tournament and other particulars.

Nashville Knights win 16u SANDLOTT Mid-State League Championship!
07/20/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: Coach Eric Fruechtemeyer's Nashville Knights have captured the 2011 SANDLOTT Mid-State league 16u championship. Congratulations to Coach Fruechtemeyer, his staff and all the fine championship players that won this title.

SANDLOTT Mid-State League Fall Ball set to begin!
07/19/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 13-18u News: SANDLOTT FALL BALL It's time for fall ball registration! Where: This year we will have our 13u thru 18u fall ball league at Shelby. Format: Play will be informal with open rosters and free substitution. It's a great time to try out new players and get ready for 2012. Age limits: You will play in the age group your players will be in the spring of 2011. When: Play will be both week nights and weekends. You will be able to request dates you want to play and we'll draft a schedule for you. # of games: Teams can play every week or some weeks. The schedule will be flexible. You will submit your open dates to me and I'll match them with the other teams. Costs: The cost is only $295.00 per team (plus 1/2 the cost of umpires as you play). Entry deadline: The deadline to enter is August 20th. Tournament: We will also have some in season tournaments - for 13's and 14's and also for the high school age. All fall ball teams will be eligible to play in those events if you choose to and be discounted on the entry fee. More details will follow on the tournaments. DEADLINE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM FOR FALL BALL IS AUGUST 20TH. Please send in your entry as soon as possible to allow us to prepare the schedules. EMAIL- Mickey Hiter with any questions--- mhiter@bellsouth.net

Franklin Mustangs win 18u SANDLOTT World Series!
07/17/2011
SANDLOTT 18u News: Coach John Edgar’s Franklin Mustangs topped the East Cobb Orioles 10-2 in the Championship game of the SANDLOTT 18u World Championship today at Shelby Park. Hit After Hit and the North AL MVP Expos finished 3rd and 4th.

Lavergne Wolverines Capture the HS Division Championship!
07/16/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State - High School Division News: Congratulations to Coach Steve Williams, his staff and all the Lavergne Wolverine players on winning the 2011 SANDLOTT Mid-State High School Division Championship.

Mavericks take 12u SANDLOTT Mid-State Title!
07/15/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u News: The Mavericks are the 2011 champions of the 12u division of the SANDLOTT Mid-State League. Congratulations to Coach Eric Ford and General Manager Ronnie Pennell on putting together a great bunch of Maverick players who are true champions. Good luck in the post season to all the outstanding Maverick players.

TN Bandits win SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u Regular Season Championship!
07/14/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 11u News: Coach Marty McCurry’s TN Bandits have captured the 2011 SANDLOTT Mid-State league 11u title. The Bandits finished with a 9-3 record and beat out the second place Nashville Yankees by a half game.Congratulations to Coach McCurry, his staff and all the championship TN Bandit players. Good Luck in the post season to the TN Bandit organization.

Columbia's Dirt Bags win 13u National Division Championship!
07/13/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 13u News: Coach Billy Thurman’s Columbia Dirt Bags have captured the 2011 SANDLOTT Mid-State league 13u National Division title. The Dirt Bags finished with a 9-3 record, which was the same as the Worth Bulldogs, but beat the Bulldogs both league games head-to-head. Congratulations to Coach Thurman, his staff and all the championship Dirt Bag players. Good Luck in the post season to the Dirt Bag organization.

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks are 18u League Champions!
07/11/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks 18’s went into this weekend tied with Hit after Hit for the lead in the SANDLOTT Mid-State league 18u division. The Diamondbacks swept the Hit after Hit ballclub in dramatic fashion with a Saturday 2-0 win and a 10 inning 5-4 win today. Coach Dustin Smith’s Diamondbacks are now the 2011 SANDLOTT Mid-State league 18u regular season champions. CONGRATULATIONS and good luck in the post season.

Chesterfield Mudcats win 14u SANDLOTT World Series!
07/10/2011
SANDLOTT World Series News: The Chesterfield Mudcats defeated the Westkirk Royals in an exciting 5-4 game that won the SANDLOTT 14u World Series. Congratulations to the champion Mudcats players and coaching staff.

Mt. Juliet Thunderstixx are the Unbeaten Champions!
07/10/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: Congratulations to the Mt. Juliet Thunderstixx on winning the 2011 SANDLOTT Mid-State League 9u regular season championship. The Thunderstixx were unbeaten in league play. This is a great accomplishment by Coach Matt Raymer, his staff and all the outstanding Thunderstixx players. Good luck in the postseason guys!

TN Blue Sox Capture 14u Regular Season Crown!
07/09/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u news. With tonight’s doubleheader sweep over the Donelson Generals, Coach Daniel Barr’s TN Blue Sox win the SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u regular season championship. Congratulations to Coach Barr, his staff and all the fine championship Blue Sox players. The Sandlotter wishes all the best to the Blue Sox in their post season play. Again, CONGRATULATIONS!

Rip City Baseball takes another Title!
07/05/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 9u News: Another tournament ...another 1st place trophy for Rip City. Thier most recent victory came Sunday to take the top honors at the BPA team appreciation tournament held in Lavergne. Rip City came in 1st out of 12 teams bring their remarkable record to 47-11. They will be headed to the World Series on July 20 in Owensboro, KY. Good Luck boys !

Franklin Falcons win 16u Wood World Championship!
07/03/2011
SANDLOTT News: SANDLOTT 16u Wood World Championship The Franklin Falcons edged the TN Baseball Club 8-6 in the SANDLOTT 16u Wood World Championship game. The Falcons lost but one of their seven games. TN Baseball Club came in as the top seed with a perfect 6-0 record but the Falcons overcame an early TBC lead to take the Championship. The Cincinnati Riverbats finished third and the Murfreesboro Patriots 4th.

TN Dores Gold win 15u Wood World Championship!
07/03/2011
SANDLOTT News: SANDLOTT 15u Wood World Championship The TN Dores Gold baseball team beat Team Ohio 8-3 in the SANDLOTT 15u Wood World Championship game. The TN Dores Gold team finished with a perfect 6-0 record. Team Cincinnati came in as the top seed at 5-0 but the Dores took control early and never relinquished the lead. the TN Dores Black and the Nashville Knights finished 3 and 4 respectively.

Sycamore Vipers win 13u American Division Title!
06/26/2011
SANDLOLTT Mid-State 13u News: Congratulations to Coach Mike Brown, his staff and all the Sycamore Vipers on winning the 13u American Division championship in the 2011 SANDLOTT Mid-State League. The Vipers only loss was to the second place Wilson County Curve by a 7-5 score back on May 9th. On behalf of Commissioner Mickey Hiter I wish the Vipers and all the other teams below a very successful post regular season experience. Thanks to all of you for playing SANDLOTT League baseball. Farrell Owens - The Sandlotter www.sandlotter.com

Middle Tennessee Mudcats win the Diamondbacks Wood Bat Challenge!
06/12/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News; The Middle Tennesse Mudcats won the 4th annual Diamondback 18U Wood Bat Challenge, hosted by the Murfreesboro Diamondbacks. The Mudcats defeated Hit After Hit 4-3 in the championship game, scoring 2 runs to come from behind in the top of the 7th inning. The Mudcats are comprised of players from Blackman High School and also defeated the Tennessee Angels and Jackson Thunder in championship round of play. Congratulations to the Middle Tennessee Mudcats and their coaching staff on winning the 2011 Diamondback Challenge!

Griffin Kreig tosses No-Hitter in Diamondback Classic!
06/10/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: Father Ryan senior-to-be righthander Griffin Kreig tossed a 5 inning no-hitter in Hit after Hit's 10-0 win over the Kentucky Roosters in the Diamondback Classic yesterday. Congratulations Griffin!

SANDLOTT Showcase produces Draftees!
06/09/2011
SANDLOTT League News: SANDLOTT University Showcase is very proud to announce two more alumni of the event are excelling at the professional level. Rex Brothers is currently pitching for the Colorado Rockies. Rex signed with Lipscomb University after being discovered at the SANDLOTT Showcase in 2005. At the same showcase a catcher Caleb Joseph also participated and Caleb is now a top prospect at the AA affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles. SANDLOTT president Mickey Hiter and an instructor at Hit After Hit Baseball in Nashville saw two of his former students drafted in the MLB draft. Kes Carter was drafted in the first round by Tampa Bay and pitcher PJ Francescon was also selected by the Chicago Cubs.

Major League draft likes the Sandlotter players!
06/08/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: The Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) is so proud of the 2011 Major League player draft. The following players have been drafted and they played their sandlot baseball right here in middle Tennessee and were covered by the Sandlotter. Sonny Gray, Kes Carter, Mookie Betts,Taylor Hill, Navery Moore, Craig Stem, Andrew Triggs, Jordan Cooper, Will Skinner, Will Clinard, Jacob Stallings and PJ Francescon. CONGRATULATIONS to all these fine players and good luck in the professional baseball world if you choose to accept the respective offers.

Rex Brothers makes his Major League Debut!
06/07/2011
SANDLOTT News: Former Nashville Knights P/OF Rex Brothers, made his debut as a big league pitcher last night for the Colorado Rockies. Rex started the bottom of the 7th and gave up two hits while getting two outs and no runs scored. Rex threw 15 pitches and 12 of them were strikes. In the summer of 2005 Rex was at Mickey Hiter's SANDLOTT Showcase at Shelby Park and Cliff Terracuso, who at the time was a recruiting coordinator at Lipscomb University, spotted Rex. Cliff followed Rex through his HS senior year and signed him for Lipscomb University. Three years later Rex was a first rounder in the MLB draft.

Rip City Baseball wins Gold at Memorial Day Bash!
05/30/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: The 9u Rip City Baseball team continues to prove they are one of the better 9U teams in the area going 5-0 in the BPA Memorial Day Bash to win the gold division championship. That brings their overall record to a very impressive 34-6. They currently are number 1 in the entire country in BPA points. Nice job Rip City and good luck.

Henersonville Knights capture 10u Championship!
05/27/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 10u News: Congratulations to Coach Mike Brooks and the Hendersonville Knights on winning the 2011 regular season championship for the 10u division of the SANDLOTT Mid-State league. The Sandlotter wishes the Knights the best for the rest of the season and into post season play.

Dustin Smith's Diamondbacks send 5 more on to college!
05/23/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks have 5 young men that have signed the dotted line to continue their baseball careers at the next level. Austin Coley, a RHP from Siegel High School has inked with Belmont University. Zach Taylor, a LHP from Siegel High School has signed with Cleveland Sate Community College. Keith Smith, a RHP from David Lipscomb High School, has signed with Freed Hardeman University. Cody Hartley, a RHP/OF from Nashville Christian will move on to Chattanooga State Community College. Devan McClish, an OF/3B from Dickson County will head west and suit up for Christian Brothers University. Congratulations to all of these young men and their families!

Rip City leads the way in BPA tournament play!
05/03/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: The Rip City 9U ballclub continues to lead the way in BPA tournament play going 3-0 to win the BPA Spring Classic in Murfreesboro this past weekend. That brings their tournament record to 22-3 and their overall record to 25-5. The win gives Rip City a points total of 500 in BPA play which is the highest of any age in any state. Way to go Rip CIty !

Rip City wins another Tournament!
04/21/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: Rip City continued their winning ways last weekend at the BPA Tournament in Murfreesboro. The team went 4-0 to win another championship, their 4th, and run their record to 19-3. Way to go Rip City !

Prospects Baseball win 12u USSSA Tournament!
04/12/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u News: Coach Robbie Sinks’ 12u Prospects Baseball club went 5-0 this past weekend in the USSSA Tournament held at Music City. The Prospects allowed 14 runs and scored 45! The team had 7 homeruns including a walk off to win the semi-finals. Defensively, the Prospects only committed 1 error the entire weekend. It was their first tournament of the season.

Jack Lavender Funeral Arrangements!
04/10/2011
SANDLOTT News: Visitation with the Jack Lavender family will be this Monday at Holy Rosary ( 190 Graylynn Drive Donelson, TN. ) from 2-5:30pm and 6:30-9pm. Funeral Mass will be at Noon on Tuesday with visitation from 10:30am until time of service.

Jack Lavender dies!
04/09/2011
SANDLOTT News: Today the amateur baseball community moans the loss of Jack Lavender. Jack would have been 82 years old this June 23rd. Jack suffered a severe stroke this past Wednesday while at his beloved baseball field ( Jack Lavender Field ) at Seven Oaks Park. SANDLOTT Baseball founder and president, Mickey Hiter, said “ Amateur baseball has a big void today in the passing of amateur baseball icon Jack Lavender. He advocated for the game in so many capacities as a coach and administrator on both the local and national level. He was truly passionate about the game and will be missed by so many”. Jack was a three sport star at Montgomery Bell Academy in the late 1940’s. In 1972 Jack coached his Nashville Merchants team to a runner up finish in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.He founded the GNABA ( Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association ) in 1989 and served as its president for 30 years. In 1991 the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association named Jack as “Mr. Baseball” for middle Tennessee. The Sandlotter offers condolences to Jack’s wife ( June ), his five children, 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

TN Fury Wins 11u BPA Spring Fling!
04/06/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News; Coach Adam Ragsdale’s TN Fury won the BPA Spring Fling (silver bracket championship) this past weekend. There were 10 teams in this age bracket and two Music City teams ( TN Fury and Nashville Yankees ) played each other in the championship.

Rip City Baseball Wins Another Tournament!
04/05/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: Coach Roger Gray's Rip City Baseball club is at it again. They just went 6-0 this past weekend to bring home the gold in the BPA 9U Spring Fling Championship. This brings their 2011 record to 12-1. This is their second first place tournament in three tries with a third place in the USSSA Opening Day Bash in Sparta, losing only by 1 run in the last inning of the semi final game.

SANDLOTT Coaches' clinic rescheduled!
03/10/2011
SANDLOTT News: The SANDLOTT League Coaches clinic scheduled for March 12th has been postponed two weeks due to the large number of coaches unavailable with Spring break activities. The new date and time is March26th at the Old Timers Baseball Facility in Shelby Park from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The address is 1601 Davidson Street for those of you who may not know where it's located and directions can be obtained at www.sandlotter.com under directions to the parks. You don't need to register just come and be ready to see some great video and software with detailed explanations on the basic fundamentals of the swing, pitching mechanics and catching fundamentals. There is no cost to SANDLOTT Mid-State coaches. See you on march 26th at 10:00 AM God bless Mickey Hiter SANDLOTT

SANDLOTT Mid-State 10u and 12u open up tomorrow!
03/07/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State news: Tuesday, March 8th, the Hendersonville Knights and the Middle TN Rockets open up the regular season for the 10u division in a 6:30pm matchup at Hendersonville’s Drake Creek Park. Knights’ coach Mike Brooks has announced his starting pitcher and it will be right-hander Cammeron Hansen. Rockets’ coach Tyler Morrow is going to counter with right-hander Seth Henson. The 10u league schedule will take a week off until the Nashville Red Wings square off with the Brentwood Force on March 15th. Tuesday, March 8th, the Music City Fire and the Mavericks are opening the 12u season with a single game at Music City at 6pm. Coach Carl Hayes with the Fire is going to go with left-hander John Dowless as his starting pitcher. Mavericks’s coach Eric Ford is also going with a left-hander, Taleb Vaughn. This is a very early game for the 12u division as the next league game is not scheduled until May 10th when the Prospects Baseball club squares off with the Music City Outlaws.

Wet Grounds cause postponement of 9u season Opener!
03/07/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: The opening day doubleheader between the Murfreesboro Thunderbolts and the Mt. Juliet Thunderstixx of the SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u division had to be postponed yesterday because of wet grounds. Saturday's heavy rain made the field too wet. The two games will be made up.

SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u division set to open!
03/05/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: Tomorrow, Sunday - March 6th, the SANDLOTT Mid-State League 9u division will have a doubleheader to open the season ( weather permitting of course ) with the Mt. Juliet Thunderstixx squaring off against the Murfreesboro Thunderbolts. T’stixx coach Matt Raymer has announced his two pitching starters, going with right handers Tyler Finley and Bryce Rawls. T’bolts coach Steve Moss is going to counter with lefthander Hayden Skipper and right hander Calab Warta. The 9u league schedule will be silent for the next ten days until the Nolensville Crackerjacks play the Thunderstixx in a single game on March 16th.

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks Ink Scholarships!
02/05/2011
SANDLOTT 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks have 6 players that have inked National Letters of Intent to begin their collegiate baseball careers in the fall of 2011. Johnathan Frebis, a left handed pitcher from Riverdale High School, will suit up for the Blue Raiders of Middle TN State. Cody Connally, a right handed pitcher from David Lipscomb High School, will head south to cajun country and pitch for the University of Louisiana Monroe. Griffin Moore, a third basemand/first baseman & right handed pitcher, will be a Bison for Coach Jeff Forehand at David Lipscomb University. Zander Wiel, a first baseman from Blackman High School, will wear the black & gold for the Commodores of Vanderbilt University. Alex Vondohlen, a third baseman from Blackman High School, will head to west TN and be a Lion for Freed Hardeman University. Matt Barrett, a catcher from Overton High School, will stay in the Music City and be a Trojan for Trevecca Nazarene University. Congratulations to all of these fine young men and their families!

SANDLOTT Mid-State Coaches meeting - Saturday, January 8th
01/03/2011
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: What: SANDLOTT Mid-State League Coaches Meeting When: January 8th 10:00 am - 13u ,14u, 15u 11:00 am - 16u, 17u, 18u Where: Shelby Park - Old Timers Baseball Facility Agenda: Pay league fees, split up into divisions, set up number of games to be played, discuss rules If you haven't already done so please register before the meeting at www.sandlotter.com What you need to bring: $345 entry fee (if you want league insurance and need coverage before April 1st you will need to pay insurance premium also) All sanction fees and insurance can be paid at the schedule meeting April 8th or at this coaches meeting whichever is most convenient for you.

SANDLOTT Mid-State coach gets Mid-State Golf "Coach of the Year"!
12/23/2010
Congratulations to Andy Gilley! Good morning coaches. Please see this morning’s Tennessean ( page 2c ). Our very own, Andy Gilley, has been named the Mid-State high school Golf “Coach of the Year”. His Hendersonville Commandos won the state golf championship this fall and this honor is richly deserved. Andy has coached the Hendersonville Shooters in our baseball league for many years. We are very proud of Coach Gilley. Please forward this email to others so that all will know about this great honor that has been bestowed upon Andy. Farrell Owens – The Sandlotter

SANDLOTT Fall Challenge is a Big Success!
10/19/2010
SANDLOTT 16u News: The 2010 SANDLOTT 16u Fall Challenge was a huge success. Coach Lawton Miller's TN Baseball Club won the championship with a well played 4-1 victory over Coach John Mitchell's Shoetiques ballclub on Sunday, October 17th. All games were played at Shelby Park. Shoetiques had defeated Coach Jason Anderegg's top seeded Knights team in the semi-finals. Tournament director and SANDLOTT president, Mickey Hiter was very impressed with all the teams and was very happy with the parity of the tournament makeup.

SANDLOTT Players star in Major Leagues!
09/26/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State League News: Sandlotter News: Steve Liddle was associated with the league that the Sandlotter covers. If you do not know Steve, he is the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins clinched the American League Central Division championship this past week. They will be going to the playoffs! Steve was a standout catcher at McGavock High School and went on to become an All-American at Lipscomb University. Steve then signed with the California Angels and advanced to their AAA club before deciding to become a coach in their organization. Two other intriguing situations with former players from the SANDLOTT league. Will Murfresboro's David Price ( Blackman High School and Vanderbilt University star ) be a 20 game winner? He has 18 wins with two more starts. Good Luck David. Will R.A. Dickey ( MBA and University of Tennessee star ) parlay his breakout season into a big multi-year contract? Stay tuned. I continue to be impressed with our coaches and players and our former players and coaches. I am confident that the SANDLOTT league will continue to produce more folks like R.A., Steve and David. Farrell Owens - The Sandlotter www.sandlotter.com

Murfreesboro Diamond Dawgs win SANDLOTT HS World Series!
07/25/2010
SANDLOTT News: The Murfreesboro Diamond Dawgs captured the 2010 SANDLOTT HS World Series today with a 12-0 win over the previously undefeated Worth Bulldogs. The Diamond Dawgs had a tournament record of 7-1. Having already played seven games in four days, Coach Terry Fann was worried about having enough pitching in the championship game. He looked to Austin Coley, a rising senior at Siegel HS, and asked him if he could go two innings. The tall righthander then went out a tossed a one hit complete game shutout! Congratulations to Coach Fann, his staff and all the outstanding Diamond Dawg players.

Hendersonville Deluge wins 11u American Division!
07/20/2010
SANDLOTT 11u News: Coach Brian Winders' Hendersonville Deluge ballclub has won the 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u American Division regular season championship. Congratulations to Coach Winders, his staff and all the outstanding players. Good luck in your postseason.

Smyrna Bulldogs win 15u National Division!
07/20/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: The Smyrna Bulldogs have captured the 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u National Division regular season championship. Congratulations to General Manager David Looper, Head coach Danny Brewer and all the outstanding Bulldogs on a very good season.

East Cobb Patriots win 18u SANDLOTT World Series!
07/19/2010
SANDLOTT 18u News: Coach Jim Lovejoy's East Cobb Patriots captured the 18u 2010 SANDLOTT World Series in Nashville, Tennessee this past weekend. They defeated the Franklin Mustangs 4-3 in the championship game.

TN Bulldogs are the overall 11u Champions!
07/16/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: Coach Jay Vondohlen's TN Bulldogs are the 11u overall 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State regular season champions. This outstanding team fashioned out excellent 14-1 record. Congratulations to all the Bulldogs and good luck in the postseason.

Brentwood Power captures 10u National Division Title!
07/15/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 10u News: The Brentwood Power won the 10u regular season championship for the just completed SANDLOTT Mid-State National Division. Coach Rick Erickson's squad compiled an impressive 11-2 record. Congratulations to the entire organization and best of luck in the postseason.

Diamondbacks defeat National power East Cobb Yankees!
07/14/2010
SANDLOTT News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks Black won the 'Boro Bash this past weekend, defeating the 5 time Connie Mack National Champion East Cobb Yankees, 2-0 in the Championship game Sunday at MTSU's Reese Smith Field. Going into Sunday, the Diamondbacks Black, Hit After Hit and the Yankees all had identical 4-1 records. The Yankees had the head to head tie-breakers over both squads and the Diamondbacks had only allowed 5 runs in 5 games, so the Yankees and Diamondbacks were declared the top 2 seeds, thus setting up the title game. Neil Robinson twirled a 3 hit, 75 pitch, complete game masterpiece, picking up the win on the hill. The Diamondbacks Black pitching staff allowed only 5 runs over the course of the tournament while walking only 5 batters over the same course of time. The Diamondbacks Black will head to Memphis July 20 to represent Middle TN in the AABC Connie Mack Southeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the Memphis Tigers. The winner of the regional will advance to Farmington, New Mexico to play in the Connie Mack World Series the second week in August.

Murfreesboro Slammers win 13u National Division!
07/13/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: The Murfreesboro Slammers have won the 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u National Division regular season title. Coach Nathan Cox and his outstanding "Slammers" won out with a 10-1 record. Good Luck in the postseason!

Hendersonville Hornets capture 10u overall Championship!
07/13/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 10u News: The 10u Hendersonville Hornets not only have won the regular season American Division of the SANDLOTT Mid-State league but have also won the overall 10u championship with an impressive 13-2 record. Congratulations to Coach Joey Owens, his staff and all the Hornets. Good luck in the postseason guys.

Hit after Hit 16's capture second crown!
07/11/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: Coach Nathan Brown's 16u Hit after Hit squad has captured its second league title in one week. Today they are crowned the champion of the 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State league 16u regular season with an awesome 9-0 record. Just last week Hit after Hit won the SANDLOTT Southern Super league championship. What a great accomplishment. Keep it going in the postseason guys. Congratulations to Coach Brown, his staff and all the outstanding players.

Bowling Green Spirit wins 15u American Division!
07/10/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: Coach Keith Morrison's ballclub finished their regular league season with a 9-1 record. A tough one run lost on June 5th was the only blemish on their way to winning the SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u American Division 2010 championship. Good Luck in the postseason to all the outstanding players for the Bowling Green Spirit.

TN Ravens win 12u American Division Championship!
07/07/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u News: Coach Jeff Frantz's TN Ravens finished out with very good 9-2 league record to win the 12u American Division 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State regular season title. Congratulations to all the Ravens and good luck in the postseason.

TN Dores Gold win 14u Championship!
07/06/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Coach Justin Humphrey's baseball club has fashioned out an outstanding 15-1 record to win the 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State league 14u division championship. Congratulations to Coach Humphrey, his staff and his outstanding players. Good luck in the postseason.

Hit after Hit wins SANDLOTT Southern Super 18u Title!
07/05/2010
SANDLOTT Southern 18u News: With tonight's doubleheader sweep of Bucs Baseball, the Hit after Hit ballclub has won the 2010 SANDLOTT Southern Super League championship for the 18u division. This championship comes on the heals of another title as Coach Lem Pilkinton's team just won the SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u division this past week. Hopefully this outstanding group of players can remain on a roll through the postseason.

Blowfish Baseball wins SANDLOTT Mid-State American Division 13u Title!
07/05/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Shannon Winters' Blowfish Baseball club has captured the 13u American Division regular season championship for the 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State league. They had a splendid 9-1 record and hopefully will continue with their fine play in the postseason. Congratulations to all the outstanding players with Blowfish Baseball.

TN Baseball Club wins SANDLOTT 15u World Series!
07/04/2010
SANDLOTT 15u World Series News: Coach Lawton Miller's TN Baseball Club edged the Franklin Falcons 1-0 in the semi finals and then won the Championship by defeating the top seeded Winchester Rebels in another close one 8-7. Two great games on the final day of the SANDLOTT 15u Wood World Championship.

Nashville Outlaws win SANDLOTT 16u World Series
07/03/2010
SANDLOTT News: SANDLOTT President Mickey Hiter might as well re-name the SANDLOTT 16U Wood Bat World Series the Music City Outlaw Invitational. The Outlaws became the first three-peat champion at the 16U level on Saturday, defeating a very talented Team GA squad in the championship game in Murfreesboro, TN at Siegel High School by a score of 5-1. The Outlaws sported a 6-1 record for the tourney, outscoring their opponents by 29 runs. Congratulations to the Outlaws on their third consecutive title and congratulations to Team GA, Ohio Glaciers and the Middle TN Mudcats 15's for making it to Saturdays final four portion of the tournament.

Hit after Hit wins the SANDLOTT Southern 16u Title!
07/03/2010
SANDLOTT Southern 16u News: Coach Nathan Brown's Hit after ball club has won the 2010 SANDLOTT Southern 16u championship. Congratulations to the Hit after Hit staff and outstanding players. Good luck in the postseason.

Hit after Hit wins 18u Title!
07/02/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: Coach Lem Pilkinton"s Hit after Hit squad had a run of ten consecutive wins to capture the 2010 SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u regular season championship with a splendid 10-1 record. This is the third consecutive year that Hit after Hit has won this age group. Congratulations to this outstanding group of young men and best of luck in the post-season.

Clarksville Orioles' Donnie Everett tosses a No-Hitter
07/02/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Troy Miller's Clarksville Orioles swept a doubleheader from Force Ten tonight by 12-2 and 10-1 scores. The outstanding feat in the second game was a no-hitter thrown by Richview Middle School righhander Donnie Everett. Congratulations to Donnie and all the Orioles.

Brentwood Bats capture 12u title!
06/25/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u News: Coach Mike Severance's Brentwood Bats finished an unbeaten SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u league season today with a hard fought 5-3 win over the TN Ravens. Congratulations to all the Brentwood Bats and good luck in your postseason.

Knights organization is rewarded on Draft Day!
06/08/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: Four former members of the Knights Baseball Organization were taken on day two of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft. Logan Darnell got things started as the southpaw was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the 6th round. Darnell played his college ball for the University of Kentucky. PJ Polk, an outfielder from the University of Tennessee, was taken in the 13th round by the Detroit Tigers. Tyler Burnett was the third former Knight taken in the 17th round. Burnett, who was an infielder at MTSU, was drafted by the Houston Astros. Taylor Hill of Vanderbilt wrapped up the day as the right-handed pitcher was taken in the 30th round by the Cleveland Indians. Darnell, Polk, Burnett and Hill join former KNIGHTS draftees Thomas Wright (Twins, 23rd), Jarred Halloway (Astros, 10th), Seth Lintz (Brewers, 2nd), Rex Brothers (Rockies, Supp. 1st), Caleb Cotham (Yankees, 5th) and Daniel Tenholder (Athletics, 19th). The Knights Baseball Organization is proud of each and every one of their former players. We wish them the best of luck at the next level. Stay tuned for more news and we anticipate that several more former Knights will be drafted on day 3, the last day of the draft. The Knights Baseball Organization is run by Eric Fruechtemeyer and Jason Anderegg. The organization currently has teams at the 14U and 15U level.

TN Bulldogs win 11u triple header!!!
05/22/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: Coach Jay Vondohlen's TN Bulldogs won a triple header today! The Bulldogs defeated the Murfreesboro Thunder this morning by a 12-2 score at McKnight field in Murfreesboro. They then traveled to Mt. Juliet where they then defeated the Wilson Vols by 8-0 and 12-2 scores. The TN Bulldogs are undefeated in the National division of 11u SANDLOTT Mid-State league with a 7-0 record as they sit atop the standings.

SANDLOTT Mid-State headquarters reopens May 29th!
05/20/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: The Old Timers Baseball Facility at Shelby re-opens 29th. The work to restore the Old Timers Baseball Facility continues. The company the city has hired to do sterilization of all the facilities will begin work on Friday May 21st and will be done sometime early next week with the building and grounds. At that point we will be inspected and cleared and can move back into the building and use the facility. Our projected opening date will be Saturday May 29th. Unfortunately all games between now and May 29 will have to be moved to other fields. My apologies for the inconvenience and I wish I could move faster but the city is in control at this point and we cannot play any games until the building and grounds are sanitized, inspected and released for use. If your games are May 29th or later we should be good to go borrowing something unforeseen happening. God bless Mickey Hiter

New arrival for the Diamondbacks!!
05/10/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback head coach Dustin Smith as brought a future Diamondback home with him. Nolan Wyatt Richard Smith. 7 pounds 5 ounces, 21 inches long, born at 4:17 AM on May 7, 2010. Congratulations to the Smith family!

SANDLOTT Mid-State League headquarters FLOODED!!
05/04/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State League News: Hello Folks. Please click on www.otbaseball.com and then click on the lead news about the damage at the Old Timers Baseball Complex that serves as the headquarters for the 13 through 18u divisions of the SANDLOTT Mid-State league . You can click on the pictures that were made yesterday. I would also like some feedback on the condition of the fields that our teams play on. If you have had damage please let me know. Thanks, Farrell Owens - The Sandlotter

Perfect game for Cody Ledbetter
04/21/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Congratulations to Greenbrier High School/Brentwood Bulldog pitcher Cody Ledbetter. Cody pitched a PERFECT game on April 20th against Westmoreland and struck out 18 of the 21 batters he faced! GREAT job Cody!

SANDLOTT Mid-State scheduling meeting set for April 8th
03/11/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u through 18u News: There will be a scheduling meeting this April 8th for the 13u through 18u teams. The meeting will start at 6:30pm and will be at Shelby Park.

Zach Curtis signs with Volunteer State!
02/15/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Zach Curtis, a left handed pitcher, from Hendersonville High School has signed scholarship papers with Volunteer State JUCO in Gallatin, TN. The Pioneers were the Tennessee JUCO Conference Tournament Champions in 2009, falling just short of an appearance in the JUCO World Series. Volunteer State is a perennial contender in one of the strongest JUCO conferences in the country. Curtis has the potential to step in and make an immediate impact and push for big innings in 2011.

Diamondbacks' Jordan Parris will be a Columbia State Charger!
02/09/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Jordan Parris, a catcher from Tullahoma High School, has decided on his academic and baseball future. Jordan will become a Charger at Columbia State in the fall of 2010. Columbia State is one of the most tradition rich JUCO programs in the Southeast, claiming conference title honors 12 times along with multiple trips to the mecca of JUCO baseball, the JUCO World Series, in Grand Junction, CO. Parris should get the opportunity to make an immediate impact as a freshman in the fall of 2010. Congratulations to Jordan and his family!

Ross Mitchell signs with Mississippi State!
02/03/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Ross Mitchell, a LHP/OF/1B, from Blackman High in Murfreesboro, has signed with Mississippi State University. Mitchell was tabbed as the Daily News Journal Pitcher of the Year Recipient and earned second-team All Mid-State honors as a utility player in 2009 as he also hit .386 with 34 hits and 19 RBI. Ross was also named to the Sunbelt team in 2009 and is an honor student with a 3.8 grade point average. Congratulations to Ross and his family!

Another Murfreesboro Diamondbacks commits!
01/20/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Another Murfreesboro Diamondback has committed to continue his baseball career at the collegiate level. Taylor Callis, a left handed pitcher from Beech High School, has inked with Covenent College in Chattanooga, TN. The Scots are Coached by former Major Leaguer Doug Simons and competes in the NCAA Division III and is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Congratulations to this young man and his family!

SANDLOTT Mid-State meetings this January 23rd!
01/16/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 13-18u News: SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u thru 18u League meeting. What: SANDLOTT Mid-State League Coaches Meeting When: January 23rd 9:30 am - 13u and 14u 10:30 am - 15u thru 18u Where: Shelby Park - Old Timers Baseball Facility Agenda: Pay league fees, split up into divisions, set up number of games to be played, discuss rules What you need to bring: $345 entry fee (if you want league insurance and need coverage before April 9 you will need to pay insurance premium also) All sanction fees and insurance can be paid at the schedule meeting April 9 or at this coaches meeting whichever is most convenient for you. Direct questions to Mickey Hiter by hitting reply to this email. If you received an email asking you to register please do before the meeting at www.sandlotter.com

Five Diamondbacks commit for College career!
01/10/2010
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks have a handfull of players that have decided on their collegiate futures. Ryan Stephens, an outfielder from Riverdale High School, will take his talents to the outfield of Reese Smith Field next fall and become a Blue Raider under longtime Coach Steve Peterson at MTSU. Jake Francis, also an outfielder from Riverdale High, will look to make an immediate impact at NAIA national power, Lee University, in Cleveland,TN. Richie Pearl, a versatile infielder, will ink with Jackson State, always a contender in the TN JUCO conference, one of the strongest Junior College conferences in the nation. Pearl should push for immediate time for the Generals in the fall of 2010. Daniel Tucker, a shortstop from Hendersonville High School, will become a Senator at Walters State, one of the premier JUCO programs in the country. The Senators were JUCO National Champions in 2006 and have had as many players drafted in the MLB draft the past few years as any 2 or 4 year program in the state of Tennessee. Carter Watson, a RHP from Siegel High School, will also head to East Tennessee in the fall and become a Volunteer at the University of Tennessee. Watson has a shot to step in and push for big innings as a freshman after inking during the early signing period. Congratulations to all of these young men and their families!

Tennessee Raptors finish 3rd in USSSA International Tournament!
08/07/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: The Sandlotter received this note from former Boston Red Sox right-hander Charlie Mitchell who is the coach of the Tennessee Raptors...Wanted to let the Sandlotter know that we came in 3rd place in the 15u United States Specialty Sports Association ( USSSA ) International tournament that ran July 24 thru Aug 2nd in Crystal Lake, Illinois ( 45 min NW of Chicago ). There were 46 teams teams mostly north and midwest teams; team from Texas, one from Alabama, and teams from Japan, Canada ( who were in our pool ), Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Russia and a couple other countries. We had 5 pool play games. Top 3 seeds go to Gold bracket and bottom 2 go to silver bracket. Went 3-2 as well as 3 other teams, but we got 2nd seed in our pool due to least runs given up. Japan was 5-0 in our pool but won 3 games by one run. They beat us 3-2 in 8 innings. They won another 11-10 after being down by 10 runs.They were pretty solid though. Had good pitching and didn't make many mistakes at all. The tournament part was double elimination. We played Dominican Republic the first game and beat them and we were undefeated until the championship of winners bracket where we faced undefeated Japan. They got 7 runs early to our 1 and we came back 7-4 late in game and had a chance in last inning with runners on base but couldn't cash in. They went through 3 pitchers that game ( who had some gas ) because we threatened and were hitting some ropes all game. We just hit some right at them. So they beat us 7-4. Then we had to play the winner of the losers bracket to see who played Japan in finals. Puerto Rico beat the Texas team to play us. They whipped us pretty bad. Everything they hit were in gaps, hit over us, hit under us, hit between us.. just one of those games...Any way, We got 3rd. Japan beat Puerto Rico 8-5 in first game of finals. We played 1 seeds every game of Tourney play. We played 11 games ( 7-4 ) and played four different countries. It was an awesome tournament and a great experience.

Nashville Sounds to recognize amateur teams on August 18th!
08/04/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u-18u News: Hello Coaches. I want to make all of you aware of a special night that the Nashville Sounds are hosting on Tuesday, August 18th. The night is being billed as "Baseball Appreciation Night" as they host the Sacramento Rivercats. The Sounds want to recognize all that have made a contribution to the great game of baseball on this night. Tickets are FREE for all players and coaches but they must be secured in advance of the 18th. If a team wants to buy additional tickets for parents, family and friends the cost will be $10 each and can be ordered when they place the order for the team tickets. This can be done by calling 690-HITS and asking for Drew ( x108 ) or Jeffrey ( x109 ). Additional tickets can be purchased the day of the game but will be $12 and there is no guarantee that seating will be available adjacent to the players' seats. Hope to see you there. Farrell Owens - The Sandlotter

Boro Boyz place second in the 11u BPA World Series!
07/29/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: The 11u Boro Boyz went to the Baseball Players Association ( BPA ) world series in Warsaw, Indiana. They had a great trip and made it to the championship game where they were defeated 7-4 by the Lansing Express.

Generals Baseball end their season at Connie Mack Regional!
07/24/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Generals Baseball won their first game at the AABC ( American Amateur Baseball Congress ) Connie Mack Southeast Regionals 1-0 over the Memphis Tigers. Austin Carter allowed 4 hits and only one walk to get the victory. The Generals then lost a heartbreaker 3-2 to the Homestead Florida Storm. Next up was the defending Connie Mack National Champions, East Cobb Yankees. They fought hard but eventually fell by a 10-0 score. Coach Adam Blackwell reports that the team saw some great players and had a great deal of fun. The Generals season ends with a record of 30-20.

TN Ravens win 9u SYSA National Title!
07/14/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: The 9U Tennessee Ravens won the 2009 Southern Youth Sports Association ( SYSA ) National Championship. The Ravens went 4 and 0 in pool play allowing only 6 runs in four games. In a field of ten teams, the Ravens were the only unbeaten team in pool play and this earned the Ravens the number one seed. When the rain came on Sunday the Ravens were awarded the Championship. The 9u Ravens finished their season 50 and 8 with four championships and one runner up. The Ravens had several top 4 finishes as well. The Ravens travelled to MS and AL playing and beating some of the best names in baseball (including but not limited to Memphis Tigers, Mississippi Mustangs, etc). This fall the Ravens will crank it back up and finish in Southaven, MS in the USSSA Fall Nationals

Grassland Bulldogs win 14u Wood Bat World championship!
07/13/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: The 2009 SANDLOTT 14u Wood Bat World Championship ended yesterday in dramatic fashion for Coach Lawton Miller's Grassland Bulldogs. They had to win two games and they did just that. They defeated Hit after Hit 12-3 in a morning game and then came back in the championship game to win a thrilling 13-11 game against the Toledo Longhorns. Congratulations to all the champion Bulldogs and their entire staff.

Clarksville Orioles win C.A.B.A. 14u National Title!
07/13/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Coach Brian Hetland's Clarksville Orioles 14U team went 7-0 in the C.A.B.A. National Championship in Hopkinsville, Ky. The Orioles beat the Pastime Prospects out of South Chicago 4-1 in the semi-final game and then won a come from behind thriller over the Roswell Hornets 11-10 to take the championship. The Orioles were down 6-1 in the second and down 9-4 in the fourth and overcame the deficits to win the game in the seventh inning.

Brentwood Bats win SYSA National Championship!
07/13/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: The 2009 SANDLOTT 11U National League Champs Brentwood Bats, coached by Michael Severance, close out the year in strong fashion. The BATS get the number one seed after going 3-0 in the rain shorten pool play and win this year’s first annual Southern Youth Sports Association ( SYSA ) national tournament . The Brentwood Bats had another outstanding year going 40-5 and once again won the SANDLOTT National League division going 14-2 and completing their required games.

Brentwood Storm and Tri-Cities Diamond Kings share 13u Crown!
07/12/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Don Rhoton's Tri-Cities Diamond Kings and Coach Paul Gossett's Brentwood Storm are Co-Champions for the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u National Division. Congratulations to both of these fine teams.

Middle TN Mudcats win 10u National Division!
07/11/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 10u News: Coach Anthony Ford's Middle TN Mudcats have the captured the 2009 10u regular season championship for the SANDLOTT Mid-State National Division. Congratulations to all the Mudcats!

Murfreesboro Warriors win 17u National Division!
07/11/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 17u News: Coach Barry Messer's Murfreesboro Warriors have won the 2009 17u regular season championship for the SANDLOTT Mid-State National Division. Congratulations to all the Warrior players and the entire coaching staff.

Middle TN Blue Raiders win 14u National Division!
07/11/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Coach Dennis Rowland's Middle TN Blue Raiders have won the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u Division championship. Congratulations to all the players and staff on an outstanding season.

Middle TN Mudcats win 15u SANDLOTT Mid-State Title!
07/11/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: Coach Chris Parker's Middle TN Mudcats have won the 2009 regular season championship for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u Division. Congratulations to all the Mudcat players and the entire coaching staff.

Legends' Eric Henninger spins No-Hitter!
07/11/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Left-handed hurler Eric Henninger of the Legends Baseball 14u team threw a no-hitter at the Indiana Cobras today in the SANDLOTT 14u World Championship tournament going on at Shelby Park here in Nashville, Tennessee. The Legends won the game 10-0. Congratulations to Eric on a masterful performance!

Murfreesboro Patriots capture 16u Regular Season Pennant!
07/10/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: With a 7-5 and 2-1 doubleheader sweep over the second place Murfreesboro Stars on Thursday night the Murfreesboro Patriots have won the 16u SANDLOTT Mid-State regular season championship. Congratulations to Coach Mack Hawks and all the outstanding Patriot players.

TN Ravens win SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u American Division!
07/10/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: Coach Jeff Frantz's TN Ravens have won the 11u American Division for the SANDLOTT Mid-State regular season. Congratulations to all the outstanding Ravens players. Plans are now underway for a possible play-off for the overall 11u championship with the National Division champion ( Brentwood Bats ).

Heritage Heat wins 10u American Division Crown!
07/10/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 10u News: The 2009 regular season champions for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 10u American Division is Coach Rusty Carroll's Heritage Heat. Congratulations to all the Heat players and staff.

Knockouts win SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u National Division!
07/09/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u News: The 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State regular season 12u National Division championship goes to Coach Mark Jones' Knockouts. An effort will now be made for an overall 12u championship game to be played between the Knockouts and the American Division champion, Murfreesboro Warriors.

Murfreesboro Warriors win 12u American Division Championship!
07/08/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u News: The Murfreesboro Warriors, coached by Ryan Glass, defeated the Christiana Warriors tonight in a doubleheader to wrap up the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 12u American Division regular season championship. The Warriors have a 11-0 league record with three games to go. Congratulations to all the outstanding Warrior players.

Donelson Cardinals win 18u National Division Championship!
07/08/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Jimmy Murphy's Donelson Cardinals are the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u National Division regular season champions. The Cardinals finished the league season with a 13-3 record and a 12 game winning streak! Congratulations to all the Cardinals on an outstanding season.

Legends Baseball Win 14u American Division!
07/07/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Coach Rick Haynie's Legends Baseball won the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u American Division on the last two games of the regular season. The Legends were trailing the Bowling Green Spirits by one full game but the Legends won two games over the Tennessee Stixx and the Bowling Green Spirits dropped a doubleheader to Hit after Hit. Legends Baseball had beaten the Spirits two games in Bowling Green Monday night to narrow the gap.

Tennessee Raptors Win SANDLOTT WOOD 15u World Championship!
07/05/2009
SANDLOTT 15u News: The Tennessee Raptors today won the 15u SANDLOTT Wood Bat World Championship. The Raptors were 5-1 in the tournament and Coach Charlie Mitchell, former Boston Red Sox pitcher, credited good defense, good pitching ( Ben Brock pitched a complete game two hit shutout against a powerful Team Connecticut ballclub and Taylor Berzina, Cody Shelton, Drew Hutchison, Conner Gaines, Matthew McGarvey, Hunter Newman and Cameron Hoge all contributed greatly on the mound ) and overall team effort for the success of his ballclub. Congratulations to all the Raptors.

Franklin Outlaws Win SANDLOTT Wood 16u World Championship
07/05/2009
SANDLOTT 16u News: The Franklin Outlaws rode outstanding pitching and got the clutch hit in the game that mattered most, the 16U Championship Game of the SANDLOTT World Series. The Outlaws defeated Williamson County rival, the Franklin Mustangs in Sundays titantic struggle at Siegel High School. The Mustangs finished the weekend 5-1, allowing only 8 total runs on their way to a runner up finish. The Outlaws went undefeated over the course of the week, allowing only 9 runs, running the gauntlet with an impressive 6-0 record. Congratulations to Coach Ben Williams and his squad on defense of their title!

17u Hendersonville Shooters win American Division!
07/03/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 17u News: The 17u Hendersonville Shooters, coached by Andy Gilley, have wrapped up the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 17u American Division pennant race. Congratulations to all the outstanding players on the Shooters' ballclub.

Tennessee Playmakers clinch 13u American Division
07/02/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Eddie Smith's Tennessee Playmakers clinched the SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u American Division tonight with a doubleheader sweep over the Station Camp Legends. The Playmakers have a 9-0 league record with three games still to play but they already have a four game lead over the second place Hermitage Thunder. Congratulations to all the Playmakers.

TN Ravens win 9u USSSA State Tournament!
06/28/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: The 9U Tennessee Ravens just won the Tennessee USSSA State Championship. The Ravens went 5-0 in the tournament and run ruled the Knoxville Stars 10 to 2 in the title game to capture the crown.

Cobras 97 Baseball win USSSA 11u State Tournament
06/28/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: Coach Joe Wheeler's Cobras 97 Baseball club won the 11U USSSA State tournament this past weekend. They finished the tournament with a 4 - 1 record. They beat the Boro Boys in the championship game 5 - 0.

July 10th deadline approaching!
06/26/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State League: Just a reminder that TWO weeks from today ( JULY 10th ) is the deadline for all the games in the SANDLOTT Mid-State league to be finished. Games played after the 10th will be non-league games and will not count in the standings.

Diamondbacks almost upset defending National Champions!
06/25/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Dustin Smith took his Murfreesboro Diamondbacks down to Atlanta, Georgia this week to take on a strong field of amateur baseball teams in the Atlanta Yankee Invitational. Early on they were paired up against the Bayside Yankees, the defending National Amateur Baseball Federation ( NABF ) World Champions. The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh before falling in a 2-1 heartbreaker.

Brentwood Bats clinch 11u National Pennant!
06/25/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: Coach Michael Severance's Brentwood Bats have clinched the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u National Division regular season championship. Congratulations to all the Bats' players. They will now await the winner of the American Division ( undetermined at this time ) for the overall 11u championship.

TN Ravens capture SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u Title!
06/24/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u News: With a doubleheader sweep of the Southside Sluggers tonight the TN Ravens have captured the 2009 SANDLOTT Mid-State 9u regular season championship. This gives the Ravens back-to-back titles as they won the 8u championship in 2008. Congratulations to Coach Scott Tansil and all the Ravens. They currently have a 18-0 record with two league games to play.

Generals Baseball wins the Twitty City Classic
06/21/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Generals Baseball of the 18u National Division claimed title to the 31st Annual Twitty City Classic with a 6-3 win over the host Twitty City Tigers on Sunday May 21. For the tournament, the Generals posted a 4-1 mark in pool play before beating the Tigers in the Championship game. The Generals scored 40 runs in the 6 games while allowing only 16.

Nashville Knights capture Diamondback Challenge
06/14/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The 2009 Diamondback Challenge, hosted by the Murfreesboro Diamondbacks, took place over the weekend with 15 teams from all over Middle Tennessee in addition to the Memphis Tigers and Georgia Roadrunners, who were visiting the Music City from out of town. Despite poor weather conditions, all scheduled games were able to be played and the Nashville Knights were crowned 2009 Diamondback Challenge Champions with an unblemished mark over the weekend. The Murfreesboro Diamondbacks would like to say thank you to all teams that participated and for their patience over the weekend. The 2010 Challenge is already in the planning process and looks to be bigger and better than ever before.

Colorado Rockies select two more SANDLOTT players
06/11/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: The Colorado Rockies selected two more SANDLOTT league and Middle Tennessee State University players on Thursday. Former Murfreesboro Diamondbacks Coty Woods ( Riverdale HS ) and Nathan Hines ( Oakland HS ) were taken in the 33rd and 50th rounds respectively. On Tuesday the Rockies selected Lipscomb's Rex Brothers with their 34th overall pick for a total of three SANDLOTT players.

Mike Minor leads local talent in MLB draft
06/10/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: Vanderbilt lefthander Mike Minor was chosen 7th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. The Chapel Hill, TN native played his summer ball for several years for Ken Perkins' Brentwood Bulldogs. Two other Bulldogs ( Both righhanded pitchers ), Matt Ridings ( BGA and Western Kentucky University ), was taken by the Washington Nationals in the 25th round and Daniel Tenholder ( Rossview HS and Austin Peay State University ) was taken in the 19th round by the Oakland A's. Just missing the first round and going 34th overall with the Colorado Rockies is Lipscomb University lefthander Rex Brothers ( Shelbyville HS ) who played SANDLOTT ball with Greg Wilkins' Nashville Knights. Other SANDLOTT players taken so far are Caleb Cotham ( Mt Juliet HS and Vanderbilt University ) in the 5th round by the New York Yankees and Stephen Liddle ( Franklin HS and Vanderbilt University ) in the 15th round with the Minnesota Twins.

Murfreesboro Diamondback, Carter Watson, inks with UT
05/28/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback pitcher, Carter Watson, a rising senior at Siegel High School, has decided where he will continue his baseball career. Watson will ink with the University of Tennessee during the early signing period this fall. The talented right hander will be a Volunteer in the fall of 2010 and should get a shot to pitch in the SEC immediately.

Brian Davis signs with Dyersburg State
05/27/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback pitcher Brian Davis, from Riverdale High School, will continue his baseball career and education at Dyersburg State. The hard throwing right hander will get a shot to join the weekend rotation for Coach Robert White and the Eagles, who finished as runner ups in the TCCAA conference tournament in what many considered a rebuilding year.

Brentwood Bats win Memorial Day Bash.
05/24/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 11u News: The 11u Brentwood Bats Baseball team won this weekend's Memorial Day Bash in Owensboro, KY. The Bats went undefeated in pool play, winning 2 games on Saturday. They won 4 games on Sunday and closed out the Championship Game beating South Spencer Indiana 12-4.

Columbia State signee Adam Pieratt loses life!
05/22/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: Adam Pieratt, who has played in the mid-state area & a long time Clarksville Oriole died in a car crash yesterday in Stewart County. The Stewart County Rebel Left Handed Pitcher had already signed with Columbia State Junior College & was supposed to graduate today. He was a great young man who had a bright future ahead of him. He will be missed.

Taylor Stewart inks with Volunteer State
04/28/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback Taylor Stewart, from Beech High School, has committed to continue his education and baseball career at the next level. Stewart has inked a baseball scholarship at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN. Taylor, who can play multiple positions well, has primarily caught for the Bucs this spring and should contribute big things to Mike Crossland's Pioneers in 2010.

Patrick Schloss joins five teammates at Dyersburg State
04/15/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback, Patrick Schloss, and infielder from Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, has committed to continue his education and baseball career at Dyersburg State JUCO. Dyersburg is currently battling for the top spot in the TN Conference. Schloss hit a robust .398 for the D'backs in 2008 while smacking 17 doubles and homering 3 times. Schloss will join 5 of his '09 D'back teammates in Dyersburg. Congratulations to Patrick and his family!

Mickey Hiter presents Coaching Clinic for SANDLOTT Mid-State Coaches
03/05/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State League News: Mickey Hiter is offering a FREE coaches clinic to all SANDLOTT Mid-State team coaches on March 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Old Timers Baseball Facility in Shelby Park. This is NOT your typical coaches clinic. Mickey will be covering the fundamentals of pitching, hitting and catching using Rightview Pro Software a great piece of technology that breaks down fundamentals in stop action, slow-mo, and real time. He will be using video from 30 major leaguers that are considered the best players in today's game. Rightview Pro is used by many of the major league and top college programs throughout the country. Mickey feels that this clinic will be of benefit to any coach that wants to enhance his knowledge and increase his ability to teach the basic fundamentals of the swing, pitching and catching.

Bulldogs' Sam Dove commits to Georgia Tech
03/01/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Sam Dove (Brentwood Academy) committed to Georgia Tech this weekend and will sign with the Yellow Jackets in April. Sam led the Bulldogs in hitting last summer with a .410 average, 59 hits, 53 runs and 10 stolen bases. He also had 18 extra base hits including two home runs. In addition, he anchored the defense at shortstop. He also hit .396 with 12 steals at Brentwood Academy last year. Sam was selected to the TBCA Region 5-6 Showcase team, the Division II Middle Tennessee Region team and the TSWA All-State team in 2008. He also carries a 4.0 at BA and scored a 33 on the ACT.

Two Bulldogs decide on their College Careers
02/26/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Gavin O’Neal (Brentwood HS) signed a letter of intent with Martin Methodist. He is a three year letterman at Brentwood High School and has a 3.3 GPA through his junior year at Brentwood. Gavin will play third base and be in the pitching rotation for the Bruins this spring and will do the same for the Bulldogs this summer. Drew Bryant (Page HS) has committed to Maryville College and will sign with the Scots this spring. He had a great high school season last spring for the Patriots, hitting .304 with a home run, 14 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases. He was selected to the District 10-AA team as Page came one game shy of the state tournament. Drew is in his third year with the Bulldogs.

Brentwood Bulldogs' Ben Brewer commits to the Sky Hawks
02/05/2009
SANDLOTT Mid State 18u News: Ben Brewer ( Brentwood Bulldogs, David Lipscomb High School ) will be joining fellow Bulldog Alex Boshers at UT-Martin for the 2009-10 school year. Ben committed to the Sky Hawks last week and will sign in April. He is a three year starting catcher for the David Lipscomb varsity team and a two year starter on the Mustangs football team. He finished the 2008 high school season with a .368 average and a .531 on base percentage, with 13 extra base hits. He was all-District in baseball in 2008 and all-District football in 2007 and 2008. He was also selected to the TBCA Region 5-6 Showcase team. Ben is also an outstanding scholar, an Honor Roll member and is listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students. Congratulations Ben!

Murfreesboro Diamondback Sam Underland headed to Dyersburg State
02/05/2009
SANDLOTT Mid State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback Pitcher/Infielder, Sam Underland, from Riverdale High School, has committed to continue his baseball career and education at Dyersburg State. Dyersburg is a perennial top 20 program nationally among Divison 1 JUCO's and Underland is the 5th member of the 2009 Diamondbacks to be headed to West TN to suit up for Coach Robert White's Eagles in 2010. Congratulations to Sam and his family!

JUCO power Walters State picks another M'boro Diamondback
01/10/2009
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Bryant has committed to sign with the National JUCO power Walters State Senators. They were the 2006 Junior College National Champions and made an appearance in the Junior College World Series in 2008, having six players drafted by Major League Baseball clubs along the way. Bryant, a stout lefty from Tullahoma High School, sports a 4.2 GPA taking honors courses along with sporting an impressive ACT score. Josh will join D'back teammate Clint Meadows in Morristown in the fall of 2009. Congratulations to Josh and his family!

Brentwood Bulldogs' Minor and Ridings are Pre-Season All-Americans
12/28/2008
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Mike Minor (Forrest/Vanderbilt) and Matt Ridings (BGA/WKU) were both selected to the Louisville Slugger 2009 Pre-Season All American 2nd team. Both played for the Brentwood Bulldogs from 2004-2006. All ( 14 ) of the seniors on the 2006 Bulldogs team signed to play in college. Nine went to Division One, two to NAIA and three to Juco.

Brentwood Bulldogs' Paul Boals inks with Cumberland University
12/24/2008
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Paul Boals is the latest of a long list of Brentwood Bulldogs over the years to sign to play college baseball. Paul will be playing for Coach Woody Hunt's Cumberland University Bulldogs in the spring of 2010. Paul played the 2008 sandlot season with the Ohio Warhawks, one of the premiere programs in the U.S. He will be moving to Nashville after he graduates from Olentangy High School in Delaware, Ohio this spring. Paul will spend time behind the plate and in the outfield for Ken Perkins' Brentwood Bulldogs this summer. Paul is an honor student, carrying a 3.44 GPA in seven honors classes and two AP classes. He made a 24 on the ACT his sophomore year and will improve on that in the fall. He is a two year starter and three year letterman for Olentangy and has won academic and sportsmanship awards in addition to all conference baseball.

Diamondback Corey Crunk commits to Trevecca for 2010
12/22/2008
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Trevecca baseball coach Jonathan Burton has added Corey Crunk of Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Riverdale High School ( Plays for Dustin Smith's Murfreesboro Diamondbacks in the summer ) to his 2010 recruiting class. Crunk is one of the most versatile players the Riverdale baseball program has seen in recent years. The senior utility infielder, who batted .282 with a .403 on-base percentage last season, will suit up for the Trojans in the Spring of 2010. Coach Jonathan Burton in excited to ink another local product, "Corey is a great high school local sign for us. He works as hard as anyone and can play multiple positions. We feel like Corey is capable of becoming a great player when he learns our system. He has the desire to get better everyday which will push our incoming freshman and upperclassmen each and everyday." Trevecca's a good baseball program, and there's a chance to play early, because they're losing 13 seniors after this year," Crunk said. Crunk, a 5'7" utility player, helped lead the Warriors to the District 7-AAA championship game in May of 2008. He feels like Trevecca will be a good fit for him on the diamond and in the classroom. "It's a great school with a tremendous teacher-to-student ratio," Crunk said.

Barry Bartlett commits to Dyersburg State
12/10/2008
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback, Barry Bartlett, a first baseman / third baseman, from Siegel High School has committed to Dyersburg State. The slick fielding lefty swinger put up solid numbers for the D'backs in 2008 and should be a great addition for the Eagles of Dyersburg in 2010. Dyersburg State is regarded as one of the top JUCO programs in the Southeast. Congratulations to Barry and his family on his committment!

Murfreesboro Diamondback's Neil Robinson commits to Dyersburg State
12/06/2008
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18 u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback Neil Robinson, a right handed pitcher from Siegel High School, has committed to ink with Dyersburg State Community College. Robinson has competed at the 18U level for the D'backs since he was 14 and the hard throwing righty should make an immediate impact for Coach Robert White's squad in 2010. Congratulations to Neil and his family!

Austin Townes inks with Dyersburg State
11/25/2008
SANDLOTT Mid-State League 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondback Austin Townes, a three year starter for Smyrna High School, has committed to Dyersburg State Community College. Townes hit at a .368 clip for the Diamondbacks in 2008 as a 16 year old and was one of the leading hitters for Smyrna HS in the Spring of 2008. Austin will be a great addition for the Eagles of Dyersburg State for Coach Robert White. Congratulations to Austin and his family!

Alex Boshers will become a University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawk
11/13/2008
SANDLOTT 18u News: Brentwood Bulldogs righhanded pitcher Alex Boshers of Donelson Christian Academy ( He is also the Student Body President at DCA ) has signed to play baseball for the University of Tennessee Skyhawks for the 2010 season. Alex joins a long list of of Bulldogs that over the years have signed college and professional agreements.

Brandon Hall signs with the MTSU Blue Raiders
11/13/2008
SANDLOTT 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Hall, a hard throwing right hander from Hendersonville High School, has committed to Middle Tennessee State University. Hall will ink during the early signing period today and will get a shot to step in and contribute immediately for Coach Steve Peterson's Blue Raiders in 2010. Congratulations to Brandon and his family!

Nashville Yankees' Hillis and Lundborg ink College Grants
11/13/2008
SANDLOTT 18u News: Coach Mike Allen is happy to announce that two of his Nashville Yankees players have committed to colleges. Pitcher Andy Hillis of Brentwood High School has chosen the University of Tennessee and catcher Thomas Lundborg of Brentwood Academy has verbally committed to Arkansas State.

Luke Fennell to sign with the Trevecca Trojans
11/11/2008
SANDLOTT 18u news: Luke Fennell is set to sign with the Trevecca Trojans this Thursday at Centennial High School where he has been a three year starting catcher. Coach Jonathan Burton will be on hand to ink this valuable recruit. Luke played last year with Hit after Hit 18’s for coaches Lem Pilkinton and Orlando Thomas and will do the same this coming summer. Luke is the son of Connie and John Fennell and congratulations go out to all.

Murfreesboro Diamondbacks' Meadows inks with Walters State
11/06/2008
SANDLOTT 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondbacks' Pitcher/Outfielder Clint Meadows, from Beech High School, has committed to sign with National JUCO power Walters State. The Walters State Senators won the national title in 2006 and qualified for the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2008. The Senators also had 6 players taken in the Major League Baseball draft in 2008. Meadows should make an impact immediatly and will make a great fit for Walters State in 2010. Congratulations to Clint and his family!

The Sandlotter now covers the SANDLOTT Mid-State League
11/03/2008
Sandlotter News: SANDLOTT Baseball and the Mid-State Amateur Baseball Association ( MSABA ) has merged to form the SANDLOTT Mid-State League for 2009. For more than 30 years the two best leagues in middle Tennessee operated separately. Ken Perkins, Mickey Hiter and Chris Mercado the current caretakers of the two leagues have taken steps to bring together the leagues into one great league that will better serve the middle Tennessee youth baseball community. Many teams have been deprived of the opportunity to compete with teams from the other league. The merger of these leagues has created the new league, the SANDLOTT Mid-State League. The SANDLOTT Mid-State League will create many opportunities for teams to compete with each other and create advantages not found in the GNABA and MSABA when operated separately. Here are some of the advantages that will be created by the merger of these two good baseball leagues. 1. League parity - Teams will compete in divisions in single age groups. These divisions will better match teams for better parity and competition 2. More flexible schedules - Divisional league play will enable us to better manage the number of games required for play to better meet the needs of your team. 3. Less travel - In some cases we can place teams in divisions geographically to cut down on trips to play teams in the outer areas of the league. 4. More tournament opportunities - Between the two leagues we now have access to virtually every national sanction and any national tournament a team might want to participate in. This year's tournament schedule will include the CABA 14u World Series, NABF 15 Classic and seven SANDLOTT World Championships six of which are in the Nashville area. 5. Buying power - The SANDLOTT Mid-State League will have more than 150 teams in 09. This number of teams will enable us to shop effectively for everything from insurance to equipment and uniforms. 6. Super web site - The increase in the number of teams will make www.sandlotter.com one of the most visited youth baseball league sites anywhere. Parents. players, college coaches and other baseball fans will make our web site a regular stop to get up to date baseball information. 7. National visibility - USA Sports Rankings, the Global Baseball Alliance and the all major sanctions will more readily recognize our league as a major select travel league. We will be the largest league in the southeast and we'll be recognized as a national contender. 8. More effective leadership - Ken Perkins, Mickey Hiter, Chris Mercado and Farrell Owens collectively have many many years of experience operating youth baseball leagues. Jack Hand will continue to work in an advisory capacity. Each is committed to a common goal that will insure that the SANDLOTT Mid- State League will be the most successful select travel league in Nashville's youth baseball history. Ken, Mickey, Chris and Farrell have different approaches, different personalities and varied opinions. This diversity will more effectively meet the needs of the diverse teams that are in the league. Please feel welcome to contact us with any questions and visit our web site at www.sandlotter.com 13u thru 18u Mickey Hiter - mhiter@bellsouth.net and Ken Perkins - kenperkins@bellsouth.net 8u thru 12u Chris Mercado - clmercado6@yahoo.com

Diamondbacks's Corey Crunk commits to Trevecca
10/20/2008
SANDLOTT Mid-Tenn League 18u News: Murfreesboro Diamondbacks infielder Corey Crunk, a senior at Riverdale High School, has committed to Trevecca Nazarene University. Trevecca has been a mainstay in the NAIA National top 20 and a force in the always strong TranSouth Conference. The Trojans claimed the Conference title in 2008 with a sparkling 17-3 conference record while winning 37 games overall. Congratulations to Corey and his family.

Diamondbacks' Ryan Emery signs with Arkansas State
10/02/2008
GNABA and SANDLOTT 18u News: Ryan Emery of the Murfreesboro Diamondbacks, a RHP/OF from Lipscomb HS, has committed to sign with Arkansas State University. Coach Tommy Raffo, a longtime Mississippi State assistant, begins his first season at Arkansas State and is highly regarded for recruiting top talent. During his 15 seasons at Mississippi State, Raffo served as the recruiting coordinator for the Bulldog baseball program, landing 10 straight recruiting classes ranked in the top 33 nationally by Collegiate Baseball. Emery was an all-state performer in 2008 and big things are expected in 2009. Congratulations to Ryan and his family!

Former Murfreesboro Diamondback Involved in Hugh Trade
08/01/2008
GNABA and SANDLOTT News: Former 1st Round Pick and 3 year Murfreesboro Diamondback pitcher Bryan Morris was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of the deal that sent Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Bryan was 2-4 with a 3.04 ERA in Class A. He will report to Class A Hickory in the Pirates system. Morris was the 2004 GNABA Connie Mack Most Valuable Player.

Griggs, Bland lead Tojans to Wood Bat Tournament Championship
07/27/2008
SANDLOTT Wood Bat News: Coach Dylan Lynch's Trojans defeated the Seahawks 4-0 behind the 4 hit complete game shutout by left hander Wesley Griggs and a solo home run by 1st baseman Adam Bland. The victory gave the SANDLOTT Wood Bat post-season tournament championship to the Trojans.

Smyrna Bulldogs Capture 9u USSSA World Series!
07/27/2008
GNABA 9u News: Congratulations to the 9U Smyrna Bulldogs who traveled to St. Louis July 20-27 to play in the USSSA World Series. After a good showing in pool play, the Bulldogs were seeded 7th for tournament play. During Tournament play, the Bulldogs won the first game and then fell into the losers bracket with a second game loss to the KC Bulldogs. The Bulldogs then rallied winning 6 back to back games at 4PM, 6PM, 8PM, 10PM and 12AM to take the title of World Series Champions! Dawson Hamilton received the Tournament MVP, Cody Miller received the Tournament Defensive Player MVP and Julian Shanklin, John Turner and Maddux Vondohlen were all selected to the All Tournament Team. The Bulldogs coached by Jay Vondohlen, Chris Ellis, Brian Turner and John Platz finished the season with a record of 67-6.

Trojans and Seahawks Go To Wood Bat Title Game
07/26/2008
SANDLOTT Wood Bat News: The Trojans nipped the Seahawks by the score of 4-3 in the winner's bracket finals today. In the second game today the Navigators eliminated the River Rats by the score of 6-1. In the final game of the day the Seahawks eliminated the Navigators 4-3 in ten innings. Tomorrow at 1pm the Trojans and Seahawks will play for the championship. The Seahawks will have to defeat the Trojans twice in order to win it all.

Seahawks upset No 1 seed Navigators
07/24/2008
SANDLOTT Wood Bat News: Coach Aaron Smith's Seahawks stunned the regular season champion Navigators by the score of 8-5 today. The Trojans followed that game by defeating the Travelers by a 5-3 count. The Seahawks and Trojans will now play each other tomorrow at 3pm in the winner's bracket finals. The River Rats eliminated the Travelers 3-2 in the 6pm game and will play the Navigators tomorrow at 5pm. The Navigators eliminated the Chargers tonight 6-5. All games are at Seven Oaks Park.

Hit after Hit 18u has many Accomplishments in 2008
07/23/2008
GNABA and SANDLOTT 18u News: Head Coach Lem Pilkinton and his assistant Orlando Thomas guided their 18u Hit after Hit ballclub to the following accomplishments in this 2008 season. Season record 43-14 *Won GNABA league 18U division *Co-winners Sandlott Southern League 18U division (tied with East Cobb Patriots 18s) *Won Diamondback Challenge tournament and Twitty City Classic 18U *One team member selected in MLB draft (Kes Carter, Ravenwood HS) *Two members named to TSWA All-State (Kes Carter, Ravenwood HS and Ben Burgess, Brentwood HS) *Eight team members headed to college baseball careers: Kes Carter-Western Kentucky Ben Burgess-Tennessee Tech Garrett Fanchier-Belmont Drew Brown-Bryan College Matt McGee-Volunteer State David Isaacs-Shelton State Cody Midgett-Motlow State Thomas Shelton-Illinois

Seahawks and Travelers are Victorious on Opening Day
07/23/2008
SANDLOTT Wood Bat News: In the opening game of the 2008 SANDLOTT Wood Bat post-season tournament the Seahawks defeated the River Rats 9-1. In game two the Travelers won over the Chargers 4-2. Tomorrow at 1pm the regular season champion Navigators will play the Seahawks and at 3pm the Trojans will take on the Travelers. At 6pm the River Rats will play the loser of the 3pm game and at 8pm the Chargers will play the loser of the 1pm game.

Sluggers and Bats tie for GNABA 10u Crown
07/22/2008
GNABA 10u News: The Spring Hill Sluggers and Brentwood Bats tied with identical 16-2 records for the 2008 Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association ( GNABA ) 10u regular season championship. They played each other twice during the regular season and split one run victories. When they could not get together on a playoff date they were declared Co-Champions.

Twitty City Tigers Claim GNABA 16u Championship
07/09/2008
GNABA 16u News: The Twitty City Tigers have wrapped up the 2008 Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association ( GNABA ) 16u regular season championship. Coach Mike Peek's Tigers fashioned an impressive 13-1 record in league play.

Nashville Yankees Capture SANDLOTT 16u Southern Championship
07/08/2008
GNABA and SANDLOTT Southern 16u News: Coach Mike Allen's Nashville Yankees have won the 2008 SANDLOTT Southern 16u regular season championship with a splendid 9-1 record. The Yankees only blemish was a close 3-2 loss to the FCA Tigers.

Twitty City Tigers win 16u Twitty City Classic
07/06/2008
GNABA 16u News: The Twitty City Tigers won the Twitty City Classic this weekend winning the semifinals and finals in extra innings. The Tigers beat the Cincinnati Crusaders 3-2 and the St.Paul (MO) Redbirds 4-3 in the championship game. The Tigers are currently 34-6 and are headed to the Midwest Showcase Series in St. Louis, MO on July 17th -20th. The Tigers are currently ranked #1 in Tennessee and #2 in the nation in the 16-under USASPORTSRANKINGS.com polls. You can follow the Tigers through their website at www.eteamz.com/tigersbball .

Hit after Hit wins 14u Regular Season GNABA Title
07/02/2008
GNABA and SANDLOTT Southern 14u News: Coach Nathan Brown's Hit after Hit ball club has won the 2008 Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association ( GNABA ) 14u regular season championship. They have a 13-1 league record with two games left to play.

Lascassas Panthers win GNABA 12u American Division
07/01/2008
GNABA 12u News: Coach Mark Moore's Lascassas Panthers have won the 2008 Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association ( GNABA ) 12u American Division regular season championship. The Panthers have a 10-1 record with only two games left to play and they have a five game lead over the second place team.

Grassland Bulldogs Win GNABA 13u Regular Season Title
06/30/2008
GNABA and SANDLOTT Southern 13u News: Coach Lawton Miller's Grassland Bulldogs clinched the 2008 Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association ( GNABA ) 13u regular season championship tonight by defeating the Tennessee Jays. The 18-2 Bulldogs have a three game lead with only two games left to play.

Nashville Baseball Makes the New York Times
01/01/0001
While examining a 17-year-old pitcher for a knee injury last year in Nashville, Dr. Damon H. Petty was asked a chilling question by the teenager and his father: If reconstructive elbow surgery were performed on his healthy throwing arm, might he gain some speed on his fastball? ...More
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