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2016 Middle Tennessee Perfect game Classic!
08/26/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: The 2016 Middle Tennessee Perfect Game Classic will take place June 9-12, 2016 in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas. There will be a 15/16 year old division and a 17/18 year old division. This is a 6 game event. For more details please email dmlan110@yahoo.com.
 


Caid Sanders chosen as the 2015 MVP of the 13u Division!
07/22/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: The SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u division Most Valuable Player ( MVP ) for the 2015 season as chosen by the Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) is non other than Caid Sanders with the league champion Hendersonville Rangers. Caid is a versatile player who played third base, second base, catcher and was an integral part of the Rangers pitching staff. Rangers coaches had this to say about Caid: “He grew to be a leader on the field helping to direct the Rangers defense and getting all of his teammates involved. At the plate Caid was a consistent producer all year while hitting in various spots throughout the lineup. Caid hit for both power and average and was often called on to move runners into scoring position. Caid is a hard worker and a good teammate. He enjoys the game and especially the opportunity to play it with his friends.”
 


Zell Walker is the 2015 MVP for the 18u Division!
07/21/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Zell Walker with the league champion Middle TN Outlaws- Black has been selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) by the Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) for the SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u division for 2015. Zell is a 6’ 3” 195 lb right handed hitting short stop. Zell will be a Senior this fall at Nashville Christian High School. This is what Outlaws coaches had this to say about Zell, “Zell had a great summer season for the Outlaws at short and at the plate. He is a pure hitter and developed into a consistent defender. Off the field, Zell is a quiet leader and goes about his business in a professional manner. He was extremely coachable and a great team player. It was a pleasure to have to the opportunity to coach Zell this summer as he was a most valuable player all year long.” There is no doubt someone will get a quality college player out of Zell and we know he will only continue getting better.
 


Andrew Winningham is 2015 MVP for the 15u Division!
07/20/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: Andrew Winningham, with the league champion Showtime Baseball Academy, has been chosen by the Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ) as the 2015 15u SANDLOTT Mid-State League Most Valuable Player. Andrew had a terrific year while playing both first base and third base. Andrew’s coach, Glen Johnson, was impressed by not only his baseball ability but his attitude as well. Coach Johnson had this to say about Andrew: “Since game one Andrew has been Mr. Consistent for us. He finished up the season batting .375 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, and 14 RBIs. He led the team in walks with 12, which yielded an OBP of .525. Andrew is a leader, both on the field and off the field. He works hard every day and always gives it his all. He's a guy that you will always appreciate having on your team.”
 


Middle TN Outlaws-Black win SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u Title!
07/19/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: The Middle TN Outlaws – Black captured the 2015 SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u league title. Congratulations to Coach Daniel Peck, his assistant coach Eric House, General Manager Brian Ryman and all the following champion Outlaw players: Dabney Dickenson, Noah Vreeman, Trevor Sanders, Zell Walker, Ben Powlas, Jacob Webster, Trey Pruitt, Donnel Bailey, Ross Skipper, Wallace Barrett, Connor Feeney, Pace Dempsey, Brandon Bennett, Cole Cross, Noah Flippo, Joseph McNamee, Brock Fortner and Tyler Higdon.
 


Showtime Baseball Academy cops 15u Crown!
07/18/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u News: Congratulations to Coach Glen Johnson, his assistant Caleb Herndon and all the players for Showtime Baseball Academy ( Tanner Pugh, Nathan DerryBerry, Carter Short, Cody Mayfield, Patrick Queener, Trey Breetz, Jack Heflin, Andrew Winningham, Tanner Burris, Dillan Saunders, Chris Hawkins, Jack Capizzi, Dhruv Devdhara, Tyler Shelton and Christian Sanderson ) on winning the 2015 SANDLOTT Mid-State 15u regular season championship.
 


Hendersonville Rangers capture 2015 13u Title!
07/15/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u News: Coach Clay Sanders’ Hendersonville Rangers captured the 2015 SANDLOTT Mid-State 13u Division with a splendid 11-1 league record. The only blemish on their league record was a tough one run loss to the Nashville Select back on June 17th. Congratulations to Coach Sanders and his staff of assistant coaches ( Derek Thurston, Anthony Stratton and John Spurrier ) and all the championship Ranger players! They are: Kobe Carter, Dylan Ferguson, Eli Thurston, Andruw Stratton, Koltin McCrary Logan Spurrier, Jayden Stratton, Drew Hohenbrink, Chase Nelson and Caid Sanders.
 


Former Diamondbacks Pitcher makes the Big Leagues!
05/05/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State News: Middle Tennessee native Ken Roberts, a former Middle TN Diamondback (2006), has been called to the Big Leagues! This past weekend Roberts joined the Colorado Rockies in San Diego and made his Major League Debut on Saturday, May 3 throwing a scoreless inning in relief. Ken prepped at Siegel HS under Coach Craig Reavis and pitched for the Dbacks in the summer before moving on to MTSU and joining the professional ranks following his senior season. Congratulations to Ken Roberts on realizing the dream of many!
 


Nashville Knights to host Mickey Mantle Qualifier!
02/02/15
SANDLOTT Mid-State 16u News: The Nashville Knights are hosting a 2015 Mickey Mantle World Series Qualifier! The Mantle division is the 16U division for AABC (American Amateur Baseball Congress) and the Mickey Mantle World Series is hosted in Frisco, Texas. Hotel rooms for the qualifying team will be provided upon arrival in Frisco, Texas. Here is the link to the qualifier. This is a great event and a great opportunity! http://www.knightsbaseballtn.com/tournament/16u-mickey-mantle-aabc-world-series-qualifier/
 


Outlaws win the 14u crown!
08/10/14
SANDLOTT Mid-State 14u News: Coach Blake Crigger's Outlaws have won the title for the 2014 regular season. The Outlaws had a 7-1 record. Congratulation to Coach Crigger, assistant coach Levi Crabtree and all of the championship Outlaw players.
 


Worth Bulldogs are the champions of the 18u American Division!
08/06/14
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Coach Jack Goodrum's Worth Bulldogs are the 2014 SANDLOTT Mid-State American Division 18u regular season champions. Congratulations to Coach Goodrum, assistant coach Matt Thomas and all the champion Bulldogs.
 


Conner Moss is chosen National Division 18u MVP!
08/02/14
SANDLOTT Mid-State 18u News: Second baseman Conner Moss from the league champion Middle Tennessee Diamondbacks has been chosen the 2014 SANDLOTT Mid-State National Division 18U Most Valuable Player by the Sandlotter ( www.sandlotter.com ). The Murfreesboro Siegel High star hit .348, an on base percentage ( OBP ) of .486, more walks than strikeouts and played near flawless defense in the field. Conner’s coach Dustin Smith had the following to say about Conner. “He was a true leader by example, never taking a play off and leaving everything on the field every time out. Conner was a 4 year starter for the Diamondbacks. As a 15 year old in 2011 he was the starting second baseman for the Diamondbacks in the prestigious Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico. Conner will be attending Middle Tennessee State University in the fall and plans to be part of Coach Jim McGuire's Blue Raiders in Conference USA.” Congratulations Conner!
 


Diamondbacks capture 18u National Division Title!
08/01/14
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!
07/31/14
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!
07/22/14
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!
07/17/14
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!
07/04/14
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!
06/21/14
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!
05/19/14
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!
03/13/14
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!
02/14/14
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!
11/27/13
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!
11/25/13
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!
10/22/13
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
09/04/13
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!
08/09/13
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!
08/02/13
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!
07/30/13
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!
07/30/13
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!
07/25/13
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!
07/23/13
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!
07/22/13
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!
07/21/13
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!
07/18/13
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!
07/17/13
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!
07/15/13
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
07/10/13
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!
07/03/13
Worth Bulldogs took over undisputed first place....https://www.facebook.com/SandlottSports/posts/567470979958226
 


Middle TN Titans win 2013 SANDLOTT 13u Wood World Championship!
07/01/13
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!
06/30/13
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!
06/17/13
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!
06/17/13
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!
02/25/13
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!
01/27/13
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!
01/20/13
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!
12/28/12
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!
11/26/12
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!
11/20/12
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!
11/12/12
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!
10/15/12
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!
09/14/12
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
09/08/12
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!
09/01/12
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!
08/10/12
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!
08/07/12
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!
07/19/12
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!
07/16/12
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!
07/14/12
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!
07/13/12
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!
07/13/12
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!
07/12/12
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
07/10/12
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!!
07/09/12
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!
06/30/12
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!
06/26/12
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!
06/25/12
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!
06/12/12
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!
06/10/12
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!
05/16/12
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!
05/06/12
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!
04/16/12
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!
02/21/12
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!
01/19/12
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!
01/12/12
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!
12/22/11
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!
11/09/11
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!
11/02/11
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!
10/31/11
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!
09/19/11
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!
08/14/11
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!
08/13/11
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!
08/12/11
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!
08/09/11
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!
08/07/11
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!
08/06/11
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!
07/25/11
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!
07/24/11
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!
07/23/11
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!
07/20/11
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!
07/19/11
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!
07/17/11
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!
07/16/11
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!
07/15/11
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!
07/14/11
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!
07/13/11
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!
07/11/11
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!
07/10/11
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!
07/10/11
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!
07/09/11
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!
07/05/11
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!
07/03/11
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!
07/03/11
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!
06/26/11
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!
06/12/11
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!
06/10/11
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!
06/09/11
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!
06/08/11
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!
06/07/11
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!
05/30/11
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!
05/27/11
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!
05/23/11
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!
05/03/11
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!
04/21/11
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!
04/12/11
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!
04/10/11
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!
04/09/11
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!
04/06/11
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!
04/05/11
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!
03/10/11
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!
03/07/11
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!
03/07/11
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!
03/05/11
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!
02/05/11
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
01/03/11
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"!
12/23/10
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!
10/19/10
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!
09/26/10
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!
07/25/10
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!
07/20/10
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!
07/20/10
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!
07/19/10
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!
07/16/10
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!
07/15/10
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!
07/14/10
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!
07/13/10
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!
07/13/10
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!
07/11/10
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!
07/10/10
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!
07/07/10
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!
07/06/10
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!
07/05/10
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!
07/05/10
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!
07/04/10
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
07/03/10
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!
07/03/10
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.
 


Clarksville Orioles' Donnie Everett tosses a No-Hitter
07/02/10
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.
 


Hit after Hit wins 18u Title!
07/02/10
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.
 


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