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BATTLE OF THE BORDER ALUMNI
Carolina’s Only Individual Showcase Series
BATTLE OF THE BORDER
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!
“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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