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BASEBALL SHOWCASE SERIES

 

YEAR SEVEN AND WE ARE TAKING YOU ACROSS THE CAROLINAS & VIRGINIA





WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
June 8th-11th
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
June 16th-17th
APPALACHIAN STATE
August 4th-5th
DUKE UNIVERSITY
August 11th-12th

“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
June 8th-11th 
Winthrop University
This event will offer games for members of the 2016-2020 classes.  The 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes will play two nine-inning games and participate in extended “In and Out’s” for college coaches and professional scouts.  New this year, both the 2019 and 2020 class will also have the opportunity to participate in a one-day doubleheader.  Our original event proudly returns to the campus of Winthrop University to kick off our seventh season.

Battle on the James River
June 16-17
Liberty University
The Battle of the Border Showcase makes its first venture into the Commonwealth of Virginia. With the success of college baseball in Virginia, we have added a stop at one of college baseball’s nicest stadiums, Liberty Baseball Stadium.  The 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes will play two nine inning games and participate in extended “In and Out’s” for college coaches and professional scouts.

Battle on the Blue Ridge
August 4th – 5th 
Appalachian State University
The Battle of the Border Showcase will make its third trip to the campus of Appalachian State.  The Battle on the Blue Ridge has proven to be a huge success for both the student-athletes and college coaches that attended.  The 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes will play two nine inning games and participate in extended “In and Out’s” for college coaches and professional scouts

Battle on Tobacco Road
August 12th-13th
Duke University 
The Battle on Tobacco Road returns to Duke University for the second consecutive season. This event was loaded with high level talent stretching up and down the East Coast and into Canada last summer. .  The 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes will play two nine inning games and participate in extended “In and Out’s” for college coaches and professional scouts

 

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
June 8              Class of 2020 doubleheader
June 9              Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 1 of 2)
June 10            Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 2 of 2)
June 11            Class of 2019 doubleheader

 Liberty University                                       June 16-17
June 16            Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 1 of 2)
June 17            Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 2 of 2)

Appalachian State University                      August 4-5
August 4         Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 1 of 2)
August 5         Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 2 of 2)
           

Duke University                                            August 12-13
August 11       Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 1 of 2)
August 12       Class of 2016, 2017, 2018 (Games 2 of 2)


PLAYER TESTIMONIALS


“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, it 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.


FAQ’S

What is the history of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games?
“The Battle of the Border Showcase Games were founded in 2009 to create an opportunity for top players in North and South Carolina to showcase their skills in front of dozens of college baseball coaches and professional scouts.   The event has been held at Winthrop University all six years and has added events at Appalachian State and Duke the last two seasons. Twenty One Battle of the Border alumni have been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft and over 300 former players have competed for NCAA baseball teams.”

How many players will be on each team and how is playing time divided?
“Teams will have two players at each position.  Players are selected based on their primary position only.  Each team will have six pitchers that are selected as pitchers only.  Playing time is divided equally and each pitcher will be slated to showcase their skills for three innings.”

What do I do if I want to play in this event?
“Fill out your nomination form immediately.   We will begin issuing invitations as the nominations come in for the top players at each position?

Can I play in more than one event if selected?
“Of course, especially if you have a high desire to showcase yourself to colleges located in different regions.  While we expect colleges from across the Carolinas and the Southeast to attend each event, there will also be regional colleges at each location. More and more high school baseball players across the country are indicating a desire to attend schools in the Carolinas and Virginia.”

What schools normally attend the Battle of the Border Showcase Games?
“While college recruiters often build their schedule based on where the talent is playing, it is impossible to predict who will be at this event, but we expect a very solid turnout with this being an event with a great history for high level talent.  In 2014 over 100 college coaches and pro scouts combined attended the three events.”

What is the cost to play in the 2016-2018 events?
“Each event costs $165 per player to participate.  This price provides a high level of exposure to college coaches and pro scouts along with participation in two games and an extended “In and Out” Defensive Session for scouts to evaluate your skill level.  The Battle of the Border Showcase Series is among the very best values in baseball showcase play.  A player could participate in three or four of our events and be seen by over 100 colleges and pro scouts for far less than the cost of attending some of the week long events held during the summer.”

Biographical Information

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! 

2014 MVP AWARDS
 
Battle of the Border – Winthrop, East Meck
   
2014 Game Logan Beehler
     
2015 Game Hitter: Kevin Thompson (14)
Pitcher: Mason Belcher
     
2016 Game Hitter: Logan Davidson
Pitcher: TJ Storment
     
2017 Game Hitter: Jonathan Perez (18)
  Pitcher: William Harwood
     
2018 Game:   Hitter: Brent Daniel
Pitcher: Michael Stewart
     
2019 Game Hitter: Trey Tujetsch
Road Runner: Zach Weston
 
 
Battle on the Blue Ridge – Appalachian State University
     
2015 Game Hitter: Miles Moore
Pitcher: Connor Burrows
     
2016 Game Hitter: John Furr
Pitcher: Joseph Lowder
     
2017 Game Hitter: Kobie MacKinnon
Pitcher: Noah Eaker
 
 
Battle on Tobacco Road – Duke University
   
2015 Game Hitter:
Pitcher: Christian Tailor
     
2016 Game Hitter: Will Wilson
Pitcher: Cole Lovin
     
2017 Game Hitter: Jordan Montgomery
Pitcher: Michael Foster

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