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BATTLE OF THE BORDER
YEAR SEVEN AND WE ARE TAKING YOU ACROSS THE CAROLINAS & VIRGINIA
“Virginia & Carolinas Only Individual Showcase Series”
With a six year record of success, the Battle of the Border Showcase Series (BOB) will expand once again in the summer of 2015. The Only Individual Showcase Series that takes you into both the Carolina’s and Virginia will be providing opportunities for players up and down the east coast to show off their skills at Winthrop University, Liberty University, Appalachian State University and Duke University.
Battle of the Border
Battle on the James River
Battle on the Blue Ridge
Battle on Tobacco Road
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 21 major league draft choices and over 300 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 six year history of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games, an average of over 30 colleges and professional scouts have attended each event.
“Jeff Schaefer and I are very excited to bring the Battle of the Border Showcase Games brand to four first-class college baseball venues in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. With the success of new events at Appalachian State and Duke the last two years, we have decided to head into Virginia for a stop at Liberty University. All four 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 four 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 opportunities 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 12 different states and Canada to participate. After six years of holding the Battle of the Border Showcase Games at Winthrop University, Appalachian State University and Duke University Tripp and I are ready to create even more opportunities and take this special event to Liberty 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, so don’t delay in submitting your nomination for one, two, three or all four 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.
2015 Battle of the Border Schedule
Winthrop University June 8-11
Liberty University June 16-17
Appalachian State University August 4-5
Duke University August 11-12
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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 nine 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.
2014 Battle of the Border Showcase Tour
The 6th Annual Battle of the Border Showcase completed its most successful tour ever this summer. For the first time ever, the Battle of the Border Showcase visited first class baseball stadiums; Winthrop, Appalachian State and Duke. Over 450 talented baseball players displayed their talents this summer in our program. A record number of college coaches and professional scouts attended the events this summer, including 36 that were on hand for the event at Duke University.
The Battle of the Border Showcase Tour kicked off in June with games in the 2014-2019 classes at Winthrop University and East Mecklenburg High School. The first two weeks of August witnessed the Battle of the Border on tour at Appalachian State University and Duke University for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade college prospects.
This year’s class of players included many future stars that will join the already impressive list of Alumni that have been selected in the MLB Draft. Those players include the likes of Richie Shaffer, Alex Wood, Brett Austin, Ryan Butler, Luke Bard, Jack Reinheimer, Corey Seager, Tyler Tewell, Ty Linton, Brian Holberton, KJ Woods, Craig Missigman and Gaither Bumgarner. Well over 300 Battle of the Border Alumni have earned the opportunity to compete in college baseball. Many have been a part of the College World Series; including alumni at South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson and Texas Christian University
The goal of the Battle of the Border remains to help high school players achieve their goal of playing college baseball. We remain dedicated to this mission by placing the players in game situations, extended workouts and promotion of the players to our college coaching relationships. Nothing makes us happier than watching a player receive an official offer from a college baseball coach or having a player email with recruiting updates based on his performance at a Battle of the Border event.
Planning is underway for the 7th Annual Battle of the Border Showcase Games. Look for our biggest and best tour ever next summer!
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