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  • 35 USA Baseball National Team Members
  • 205 of Coach Luke's Alumni have committed to Colleges
  • 2010 Perfect Game BCS National Champions 14u
  • 44 players committed to Scholarships in 2014 Class
  • 12 Drafted by MLB in 2014, Two 1st Round picks in 2014
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So Cal National Travel Team

As the sun sets on another summer, Make your plans now for Fall

July 29, 2015

This epic photo was taken last year at LakePoint as we wrapped up the summer schedule.  Our fall schedule is now out and features invitation only rosters for the Perfect Game Evoshield Upperclass (Sep 18-20 in Arizona) and our annual trip to Las Vegas.  We have openings for ALL players on our 8 age group teams attending the Desert Fall Classic in Las Vegas, NV for our 10th year in a row on Halloween Weekend October 30-Nov1. We are planning on 10u,11u,12u,13u,14u,15u,16u and 18u teams participating in this sold out event.  Be sure to confirm your spot now so that you don't miss out on the awesome baseball and wonderful friendships with the great families of So Cal NTT.  

Puerto Rico anyone?  Wendy and I will be doing a clinic and tryout in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the week leading up to Thanksgiving.  Our program will run November 21-25 and include on the field days all day Saturday and Sunday, evenings Monday and Tuesday with a Wednesday morning conclusion.  Coach Kike Calero is planning on being in attendance as well.  We cordially invite any of our families that would like to participate to join us in visiting our So Cal NTT teammates from Puerto Rico and taking part in our 5 days of on the field clinics and games with plenty of beach time monday and tuesday mornings. This tryout is being advertised throughout Puerto Rico for players from 12u to 18u and promises to be a great event for all.

Open Tryouts for Fall So Cal NTT local and national squads Sunday August 16th

July 25, 2015

So Cal NTT will be hosting our annual fall tryouts for all players interested in being considered for our fall programs as well as for next summer.

A clinic and tryout type format will feature instruction and evaluation for players of all ages 8u to 18u.  Players will be invited to attend some or all of the following:

-Our fall ball team practicing weekly Sep and Oct at Cerritos HS.

-Our National Travel Team events for fall of 2015 ages 10u to 18u or National Championships in Summer of 2016

Tryouts at Cerritos HS, Cerritos, California Sunday August 16th

8u, 9u, 10, 11u, 12u                  9:00am to 11:30am

13u,14u,15u, 16u, 17u, 18u      11:30am to 1:30pm

Tryout and Clinic fee is $50 payable to So Cal NTT for more info contact SoCalNTT@aol.com

Max Hildreth named to 15u WWBA All Tourney, 14u bows out at USABF semi

August 10, 2015

So Cal NTT shortstop Max Hildreth had a solid week in Atlanta batting .333 and earning All Tourney honors for the PG 15u WWBA.  Congrats.  Our 14u finished the summer in San Diego going 5-0 in pool play at the USABF World Series before dropping the semifinal, solid work by Coach Brooks Walling and the boys.

Kyle Suezaki shows leadership in GA, named 16u WWBA All Tourney

July 26, 2015

Kyle Suezaki, 2016 Cerritos, had an outstanding 2 weeks in Georgia playing solid defense at catcher and infield as well as coming in for a pair of outstanding relief appearances. His .455 batting average during 16u WWBA earned him a spot on the All Tourney Team.

14u 2015 IBC World Series Champions

July 22, 2015

Congrats to our 14u squad for winning the IBC World Series in St. Petersburg, FL.  They finished the east coast trip going 11-1 in the last two events and winning the IBC title.  Congrats to Coach Kike Calero and the team!

Blake Wink, CA All Tourney  Keagan Calero, NH, All Tourney  Jonah Diaz, FL, All Tourney

Nate Curtis, ME, Most Valuable Offensive Player

James "Boomer" Fisher, AL, Most Valuable Player.

 

 

Christian Delgado Throws No Hitter, goes 2-0, leads 6 players on to 17u WWBA All Tourney

July 17, 2015

Christian Delgado's no hitter, his second win of the week, came just 2 days before Graham Ashcraft pitched So Cal NTT to a 3-2 win over the 5-0 with no runs allowed Houston Banditos, in one of the best games of the 17u WWBA tourney. Ashcraft was clearly an omission as he had three appearances, a cg win, a hold, 2 scoreless innings in the 3rd outing, a total of 9.33 IP with 2 runs allowed.

All Tourney Hitters:
McKinley Strickland .438
Colton Schultz         .389
Delvin Perez             .316
Gavin Levy               .313

 

14u on fire at BCS, places all 11 players on All Tourney Team

July 17, 2015

Kike Calero took over the reigns of the 14u squad as they started the second half of their summer in Ft Myers and they have taken off since then including a 5-0 pool run at 14u BCS that saw 11 players make all tourney.

Hitters:
Will Findlay        .615
Keagan Calero  .579
Nate Curtis        .529
Brian Williams   .500
Trejyn Fletcher  .444
Ben Sawyer      .385
Coby Johnson  .308

Pitchers:
Max Malila     0.00
Aidan Smith   0.00
Nate Curtis    1.83
Miles Cota     2.80
James Fisher 1-0 1 save

 

 

3 Players Highlight the 17u WWBA day 6 notes on Perfect Game web site

July 10, 2015



 

Pitching for the SoCal NTT Blue team 
Graham Ashcraft (2016, Brownsboro, Ala.) threw an impressive seven inning complete game on Wednesday morning. Ashcraft participated in the National Showcase last month in Fort Myers and ran his fastball up to 93 mph. The strong-bodied Ashcraft has a sturdy build and some thickness and strength in his torso and legs. He works to a three-quarters arm slot and can drop down a bit lower occasionally.

In the early going Ashcraft had some issues repeating his delivery and was a bit stiffer at landing, but he did show the same low-90s velocity that he had displayed at the PG National. His heater shows natural tailing action from the lower slot, although at times the pitch can flatten out or run too far to the arm side when he falls out of his delivery.

As the game progressed, Ashcraft got into a better rhythm and was able to repeat his mechanics and throw more strikes. He showed some feel for a mid-70s breaking ball that had some depth and two-plane break with predominately 10-to-4 shape. At times he lost the pitch to his arm side as he got on the side or underneath the offering, but he did flash some sharp, late-breaking pitches that induced swings and misses. He also flashed a few developing changeups in the mid-80s.

In the later innings Ashcraft ramped up his velocity and began to empty the tank as the righty hit 95 at least once in each of his last three innings pitched and lived more consistently in the 92-94 mph range. Even more impressively was the fact that he was able to still throw strikes and keep the ball down in the zone within that velocity band.

 

Delvin Perez (2016, Loiza, Puerto Rico) made quite the splash at the PG National, displaying some of the loudest overall tools in the entire event. He showed off great foot speed, turning in a 6.53 60-yard dash and impressed in the defensive workouts with good range, soft hands, and plus arm strength. At 6-foot-3, 165-pounds, Perez has an extremely projectable frame and lots of present quick-twitch athleticism. He has good present bat speed that allows him to whip the barrel through the zone with authority, and while at times he can work around the ball, he displays juice to his pull side with the ability to impact the baseball.

One can expect Perez to flash in the field, and he’s made a number of plays look easy over the course of the tournament. He has a quick first step, extremely smooth actions, soft hands and a predilection for flash and flair that makes him a fun player to watch. With such high-level tools and a lean, projectable frame Perez has one of the higher ceilings in the 2016 class, and he could make some serious noise with additional experience, maturation and strength.

Perez’s teammate at the International Baseball Academy and on the SoCal NNT Blue, 
Alan Marrero (2016, Bayamon, Puerto Rico), also showed off intriguing defensive tools. The compactly built 5-foot-8, 185-pound catcher certainly looks the part behind the plate and he showed good lateral movement, footwork and the ability to explode out of his crouch. Marrero threw out a runner trying to steal second base early in the game, showing off a strong, accurate arm and turning in a 2.0 second pop time. He also showed that he wasn’t scared to throw behind runners, doing so on a number of different occasions. That aggressiveness paid dividends as Marrero was able to take advantage of a high and outside fastball and quickly fire down to second base in just 1.83 seconds to backpick a runner that had taken an aggressive secondary lead. The righthanded hitter also has some hitting tools, with some bat speed and strength and he flashed the ability to use the entire field, hitting a single to right field in his first at-bat.

A record 12 players earn 18u WWBA All Tourney

July 10, 2015
New Organization All Time Best!
9 Hitters
4 Pitchers

HITTERS:
Marcos Lopez  .750
Grant Simera  .556
Brennan McKenzie .417 
Brady Johnson  .417
Graham Ashcraft .385 
Delvin Perez .375
Ryan Nelson .357
Colton Schultz .300
Alan Marrero 2 HR 6 RBI

PITCHERS:
Justin Wear       1 Ap 0.00  0 H  1-0
Gabriel Dominguez 3 Ap 1.00
Graham Ashcraft   3 Ap 1.50 1-0
Cory Gill         2 Ap 9 IP

7 players earn PG 16u BCS All Tourney Honors

July 8, 2015

Last week our two teams faced adversity but seven players earned all tourney recognition for their efforts.  Outstanding hitters; Bradley Clark .528, Steven Godoy .333, Brantley Peters .333, Cody Underkoffler .300, and on the mound Brayden Peters 1.00 ERA, Stone Lasseter 1.00 and Aidan Smith 1.40.  Great work guys.  Keep competing and playing hard..

14u BCS and 2 squads at 17u WWBA ready for action

Most of these guys are in Atlanta this week as part of our 2 squads battling for the 17u WWBA National Championships.  In Ft Myers our 14u is off to a great start going 2-0 at the PG BCS National Finals.  2010 14u PG BCS Champs, why not 2015 as well?

SC NTT has several players earning honors early on this summer

July 2, 2015

Fresh off leading his Virginia Cavaliers to the College World Series Title, Matt Thaiss helped lead the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in their first ever no-hitter vs CUBA today.  Congrats all the way around for those awesome accomplishments.

Alumni Penn Murfee and Collin Snider both played in the final game in Omaha this year as Vandy fell short to Thaiss and UVA. An awesome season.

The Perfect Game 15u BCS National Championships saw 3 of our players earn All Tourney Honors paced by Stone Lasseter who threw a no hitter to open the tourney, along Aidan Smith who hit .364 and Jared Brooks with a .417 average for the event.

The PG 14u WWBA had 2 of our pitchers Noah Woodall 1.11 ERA and Brian Williams 1.85 ERA make the All Tourney Team, clearly the computer errored in ommitting James "Boomer" Fisher who tossed 8 2/3 innings 1 ER 1 win and 1 save on the week.  At the plate Noah Matsumoto .533, Colby Johnson .449, Blake Wink and Daryl Ruiz both had an avg of .333 congrats guys and way to play hard and represent.   Keep up the solid work all summer.

 

Fathers Day photo of the 15u BCS squad with Coach Thrasher, Coach Martin, Coach Smith and several of the dads.

7 Alumni drafted in 2015 MLB Draft

Congrats to some hard working young men for being selected in the 2015 MLB 1st year player draft.  Will Stewart,AL, Phillies, Xavier Turner, OH, Rangers, Jonathan India, FL, Brewers, AJ Kennedy, CA, Padres, Nick Sprengel, CA, Nationals, Cole Irvin, CA, Pirates, Chase Smartt, AL, Braves.  We are excited for what the future holds.

12 Drafted in 2014 Major League Baseball Draft

June 9, 2014

So Cal NTT/ Coach Luke's Alumni scattered the 2014 Major League Baseball draft board early and often, putting up unprecedented numbers, 12 total, including a pair of first rounders, a pair of second rounders and three third rounders.  The total shattered last years organizational record of 9.  Congratulations to the following young men , eleven have worn the So Cal NTT uniform and one was in Coach Lukes program for 3 years as a youth.  Tyler Beede-1st/14th-SF, Touki Toussaint-1st/16th-AZ, Spencer Adams-2nd/44th-CHI W, Cody Reed-2nd/54th-AZ, Wyatt Strahan-3rd/94th-CIN, Josh Morgan-3rd/95th-TEX, Jon Richy-3rd/98th-LAD, Justin Bellinger-11th/345-STL, Greg Mahle-15th/449-LAA, Luke Bonfield-21st/625-NYM, Grant Whiting-30th/909-LAD, and Dale Burdick-40th/1195-NYM.  So many great choices as all are either Juniors in college or commited to 4 year schools.  Good luck to all and keep working hard.

Coach Luke's Alumni College Commits up to 201....42 so far in 2014 grad class

June 4, 2014

A banner year highlighted by 12 alums drafted by Major League Baseball this year, 29 Division 1 College commits from the 2014 Graduation Class and a total of 44 moving on to college baseball on scholarships that have worn the SO CAL NTT jersey. This group combined with the 2013 grad class had phenomenal success including a 14u BCS Championship, 3 USA Baseball Labor Day Cup Titles, and a USA Baseball East 17u bronze medal to name a few. Congrats guys and have great success moving forward.  Click the "Players College Scholarship Commits" tab on the Main Menu to the left to view all of them.

2013 34 scholarship commits, USA Labor Day Cup 3peat and PG Evoshield Underclass Runner up

Big results in 2013 have lead to strong roster interest and much optimism about the 2014 SC NTT teams.  34 of our alumni commited to college scholarships and 9 were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.  Make sure to RSVP with Director of Operations, Wendy Cohn to reserve your roster spot.  Deposits and uniform orders are due now.  Don't miss out on this summer.

9 Players Drafted by MLB in 2013 that have worn the So Cal NTT Uniform

June 9, 2013

Congrats to 9 of our alumni that were selected in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft.  Chance Sisco 2nd Rd BAL, Brandon Trinkwon 7th rd LAD, Chris Rivera 7th rd STL, Tyler Mahle 7th rd CIN, Jason Martin 8th rd HOU, Tyler Alamo 24th rd Cubs, AJ Bogucki 31st rd MN, Matt Thaiss 32nd rd BOS, Ivory Thomas 34th rd MN.  One more accomplishment from your hard work and dedication.  Good Luck.  Many of you have great options as you decide to go to school or pursue a professional baseball career.

National Tournament Championship History

2015 IBC World Series 14u Champions

2013 USA Baseball 18u Labor Day Cup Champions,  Perfect Game Evoshield Underclass National Runner Up

2012 USA Baseball 18u Labor Day Cup Champions,  Perfect Game MLK Invitational 14u and PG Memorial Wknd West 14u Champions

2011 USA Baseball 16u Champions Labor Day Cup and NTIS West

2010 Perfect Game BCS 14u National Champs and USTBA 14u WS Champs

2009 Freedom Classic 16u and 11u Champions, 13u Gainseville Winter Invite Champs

2008 Perfect Game West Coast Nationals 16u and 14u Champs, 13u CCYB WS Champs

2007 Omaha USSSA College World Series 13u Session 1 and 2 Champs

2011 a Great Year

Alumni in the Big Leagues-9

Mark Trumbo
Ian Kennedy
Freddie Freeman
Hank Conger
Cole Garner
Sean O'Sullivan
Justin Sellers
Daric Barton
Trevor Plouffe

USA Baseball National Team Members-5

Cole Irvin
Hunter Virant
Jesse Winker
Touki Toussaint
Tyler Alamo

MLB 1st Round Pick- Tyler Beede
Perfect Game All Americans-2
D-1 Scholarship commits in 2011- 12
16u USA Baseball Labor Day Cup and NTIS Champions