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BATTLE OF THE BORDER ALUMNI
Carolina’s Only Individual Showcase Series
BATTLE OF THE BORDER
YEAR SIX AND WE ARE TAKING YOU ACROSS THE CAROLINAS
With a five year record of success, the Battle of the Border Showcase Games will expand once again in the summer of 2014. The Carolina’s Only Individual Showcase Series will be providing opportunities for players up and down the east coast to show off their skills at Winthrop University, Appalachian State University and Duke University.
Battle of the Border
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The Battle of the Border Showcase brand was founded in 2009 to provide top level baseball players the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Greater Charlotte region. The annual showcase event has been an outstanding success to date with an alumni list filled with 15 major league draft choices and over 200 successful NCAA student-athletes. Eight players in the 2013 College World Series participated in the Battle of the Border Showcase Games as high school players.
The Battle of the Border Showcase Games are designed to place these highly skilled baseball players in front of college coaches and professional scouts. In the five year history of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games held in the Charlotte region, an average of over 30 colleges and professional scouts have attended each event and the Pro-Style Workout.
“Jeff Schaefer and I are very excited to bring the Battle of the Border Showcase Games brand to three first-class college baseball venues in North Carolina. After adding the event in Boone last year, it seemed like the perfect time to head to the Triangle region of North Carolina for an event. All three of these areas are loaded with college baseball talent.” said Battle of the Border Co-Founder Tripp Roakes.
“We have spoken to so many college coaches and student-athletes in NC and across the Mid-Atlantic region that enjoy participating in the Battle of the Border Showcase Games. Our main goal with three events is to provide additional exposure for the student-athletes to the colleges located across the entire region. We also know that other schools across the entire Eastern Seaboard are interested in recruiting kids from these regions,” said Battle of the Border Showcase Games Co-Founder Jeff Schaefer, a lifelong member of the baseball community, having played 14 years professionally, 5 in the MLB with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics.
“From the beginning of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games our purpose was to create opportunity for the high school baseball players who dreamt of playing at the college or professional levels. The word of Battle of the Border has spread up and down the East Coast; I’m really proud of this event because it continues to prove what Tripp and I it meant to be…a show of talent and a great opportunity. We started with players from two states (NC & SC). Last year had players from 8 different states participate. After six years of holding the Battle of the Border Showcase Games at Winthrop University and our first year at Appalachian State University, Tripp and I are ready to create even more opportunity and take this special event to Duke University.”
Battle of the Border Showcase Games is not a first come-first selected series. You have to be nominated and then selected by a committee to make the rosters. Interested baseball players may now apply to be selected to play in the Battle of the Border Showcase at www.battleofthebordershowcase.com. High school coaches, parents and other officials are invited to submit nominations as well. Invitations will be extended on a rolling basis beginning in March, so don’t delay in submitting your nomination for one, two or all three of the events.
The Battle of the Border Showcase Games is coming your way! If you have the skill set to play college baseball and are looking for a high profile event to truly showcase your abilities, please visit www.battleofthebordershowcase.com to learn more and to complete your nomination form.
2014 Battle of the Border Schedule
Winthrop University June 8-12
Appalachian State University August 5-6
Duke University August 12-13
Jeff Schaefer: Jeff has been around the game of baseball his entire life. Following a 14 year professional career, five as a Major Leaguer, Jeff has continued to give back the sport. He is the owner of Virginia Sports Complex, Carolinas Baseball Center and a Regional Director with USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. Jeff was an All-American baseball player at the University of Maryland, A Suffolk County, New York Hall of Fame Inductee (2010) and the only player in Charlotte baseball history to win a championship with the Charlotte O’s and the Charlotte Knights. Jeff’s reputation has been built on helping boys who love the game achieve their dreams
Tripp Roakes: Tripp founded the South Charlotte Sports Report, a youth sports newspaper, events and marketing company in 2006. Over the last eight years he has worked hard to establish opportunities for youth in the Greater Charlotte region and to promote the Student-Athlete concept. Tripp also operates the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Awards Banquet, an event that honors the top baseball and softball players in the Greater Charlotte region. He also owns South Charlotte Sports Photography, the Charlotte Football Awards Banquet and operates 15 sports camps annually. Tripp graduated from East Carolina University in 1990.
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“I was a young player just beginning to catch the eyes of college scouts and winning the Battle of the Border Showcase MVP was one of my steps toward earning college scholarship. It's an event I’ll never forget because I was a last minute addition because someone dropped out. I proved to myself that I could be successful with the best players in North and South Carolina. I verbally committed to NC State six months later." —Jake Fincher, NC State starting outfielder, played in first two Battle of the Border events.
“The Battle of The Border was a great event and showcase and it allowed me to compete with great players from the area while getting second to none exposure. There were a ton of coaches there including Army, so it really helped with giving me the opportunity to play at Army.”—Alex Jensen, starting shortstop, Army, played in first three Battle of the Border events.
"The Battle of the Border showcase I attended was well run at the beautiful Appalachian State facility, attracted some top player talent and gave me a great opportunity to impress schools when I hit three triples in a single game and clocked the fastest 60-time among all prospects. The Division I offers came rolling in not long afterward." —2014 OF/C Trey Bridis of Woodbridge, Va., MVP at 2013 at Battle of the Border at Appalachian State, signed to play at Youngstown State University.
“Playing in the Battle of the Border event is what got Army interested in me, which led to my commitment. As a player there is nothing more exciting than looking into the stands and seeing coaches with clip boards and that is what Battle of the Border provides. I recommend this event to anyone who dreams of playing college ball.”—Jacob Carte, Army 2014 commitment, played in three Battle of the Border events.
“I took part in the first Battle of the Border event in 2009 at Winthrop University. I pitched for my team and was named MVP of the senior class game. The Battle of the Border Game allowed me to play with and against the best competition the Carolinas has to offer. Playing in the game also gave me a chance to be seen by college and professional scouts. Having played at a small high school (Great Falls), this proved very important for me. I truly believe playing in the Battle of theBorder put my name on some lists it would not have been on. The experience prepared me for a great career at USC-Upstate and now my current career as a pitcher in the NY Mets organization.” Gaither Bumgardner, NY Mets. Retired current professional players Richie Shaffer, Luke Bard and Tyler Tewell in order during inaugural event.
“I participated in the first two Battle of the Border events. It is one of the best experiences you will ever have in showcase baseball. It got me exposure to professional baseball scouts across the United States. Every kid out there is fighting for a college or professional roster spot just like I was. The event is one of the most organized and well-run games that I have ever been a part of. Everything about it was amazing to me.” Craig Missigman, NY Mets organization.
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