Name: Joshua Gottesman
Job Title: Series Director
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Family: My parents live in Auburn, AL; both work at Auburn University. My dad is the Executive Director of Institutional Compliance & Privacy, and my mother is a retired Academic Advisor, currently working in the University Medical Clinic. My father, as a passion project, works the clock at Auburn basketball games and does live stats at the football games. He worked the clock in the 1996 Olympics. I have one older sister who lives in Madison, AL where she teaches dance and tumbling.
Sports Background: I played baseball growing up but fell in love with umpiring somewhere along the way. I would end up quitting baseball to take umpiring more seriously, calling 7A varsity baseball while still in high school. By the time I graduated high school, I was calling college baseball.
Hobbies/Outside Interests: I enjoy playing chess, listening to NPR and debating why Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame.
Favorite trip: As an adult, my first time visiting Colorado before I moved. I fell in love with Fort Collins and the Rocky Mountains and that feeling hasn't wavered for the entire time I've been here.
How did you become associated with Triple Crown?: When I first visited Fort Collins, I got in touch with a local umpire association. They assigned me to the TC Baseball Memorial Day Classic. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the tournament and people I met throughout it. I would go on to work two more TC events during the summer and became a fan of the company.
What intrigues you the most about Triple Crown?: Their desire to put on the absolute best events. Nobody tolerates mediocrity, and ideas flow freely from everyone. I’m excited to be able to help Triple Crown grow and become something even more prestigious.
Name: Bobby Holland
Job Title: East Coast Baseball Director
Family: Proud father to three children – Hannah (18), Grayson (15) and Brooks (8).
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College Attended/Year Graduated: Old Dominion University/1999
Sports Background: My proudest moment and most humbling moment both came as a pitcher at Old Dominion University. As a freshman I was the winning pitcher of the Conference Tournament championship game (1996). It was the third consecutive conference championship for the Monarchs. The victory put ODU in the Atlantic Regional at Clemson.
The most humbling defeat I had was my junior year at Old Dominion. One of my coaches had suggested that I raise my arm slot a bit from submarine position. The goal was to pick up about 5 mph on my fastball and get me drafted. After setting school records in appearances and leading the team in earned run average two years in a row, the new slot did not take. I only pitched 19 innings in 19 or so games my junior year. I remember giving up a home run versus James Madison that probably still hasn't landed yet. I knew then my career was over!
Hobbies/Outside Interests: I enjoy reading, live music, hiking, spending time with my family, coaching, fishing, crabbing and playing guitar.
Favorite trip: Taking my daughter to the Wide World of Sports at Disney for a cheerleading tournament. Our team did not make the finals and we planned to stay an extra day or two after the tournament ended. I'll never forget my daughter’s comment after the loss, "at least we can go to the park all day tomorrow!" The truth comes out! The tournament seemed so important and they trained so hard but when they lost she was so excited to just have fun with her Dad.
How did you become associated with Triple Crown?: I worked for 13 years for Ripken Baseball at The Ripken Experience-Myrtle Beach. I became familiar with Triple Crown as we used to bid for additional field space in municipal facilities. There were always a few weeks that we could not get additional field space as Triple Crown had the rights to them. I had heard of John Casale through the local area leaders, and they had a great deal of respect in the market.
What intrigues you the most about Triple Crown?: I think the thing that stands out to me is the family-first philosophy. I have worked in other environments where that was not the case. I feel proud to work for a company that stands by such strong family and customer service and quality related pillars.
Name: Jason McCoy
Job Title: Event Director
Family: I have been married for 13 years; my wife’s name is Maritza. We have one child, Tanner, who is 12 years old. Tanner is in the 7th grade and attends University Middle School in Greeley. My wife is an elementary school teacher at University School as well. Maritza was born in Mexico and I was born in California. My parents live in Michigan and my wife's parents live in Greeley.
College Attended/Year Graduated: Saginaw Valley State University, graduated in 1996.
Sports Background: I played flag football, basketball and baseball as a youth. In high school, I only played baseball. I went on to college and played. My proudest moment was when I made my first college start while the team was in Florida. My most humbling defeat was when I got picked off at first base in the district championships.
Hobbies/Outside Interests: Hiking, biking, water skiing, snow skiing, collecting Star Wars Legos sets, watching my son's sports and activities and working on cars.
Favorite trip: Disney World with my family in 2012. When I was a child, I always enjoyed the family trips to California.
How did you become associated with Triple Crown?: I was a temp employee at EnviroTech, and the CFO (Kevin) knew Dave King and Sean Hardy. Kevin asked me to send him my resume. A few weeks later, he asked me to give Patty Harsch a call. We spoke over the phone, and I went through the interview process with Sean and Bill Pilcher. I never heard of Triple Crown prior to Patty's phone call. I sort of fell into it.
What intrigues you the most about Triple Crown?: What intrigues me is that you are really in charge of your territory. You can build & create anything for our customers. Your passion can take you as far as you want to go.
Scouts from Don Reynolds Baseball Group to provide MLB-based perspective.
After using the 2021 baseball season to introduce the program, Top Prospects will give 14u and 15u players multiple chances to gather personalized scouting insight and analytic data thanks to nine camps that will run alongside Triple Crown and Pathway Baseball events in 2022.
Scouts from the Don Reynolds Baseball Group, who have extensive background in MLB settings and/or coaching histories, will be on hand to share their perspective on player strengths and weaknesses. Our partners at College Sports Evaluation will handle the hard-data collection, allowing athletes to proceed with a real command of where they are and how to advance in the game.
Here’s the Top Prospects Camp schedule for 2022
Feb. 19-21: Spring Training Instructional, Panama City, FL.
March 5: Texas Season Opener, Dallas Metroplex
March 18: Arizona Spring Championships, Scottsdale
June 4: Virginia State Championships, Hampton Roads
June 17: Omaha SlumpBuster #1
June 18: Top Prospects Arizona, Scottsdale
June 24: Omaha SlumpBuster #2
July 6: Summer Nationals (15u), Myrtle Beach, SC
July 21: Summer Nationals (14u), Myrtle Beach, SC
View Details On 2022 Top Prospects Camps
Selected 14u and 15u players get a chance at college exposure and challenging competition at the 2022 Pathway Arizona event in September.
Name: Adam Kline
Job Title: Senior Accountant
Family: My wife, Vikki, and I moved to Fort Collins in 2015 and shortly after had our son, Dominic. My parents, Dominic and Gail, and siblings all currently live in Michigan. I have one older sister and two younger sisters, along with three brothers-in-law and two nieces and two nephews.
Hometown: Detroit, MI
College Attended/Year Graduated: Madonna University 2006 B.S. Sports Management; Wayne State University 2008 M.A. Sports Administration
Sports Background: Growing up, basketball and baseball were my primary sports. While in high school, I played two years of basketball and four years of baseball. I was fortunate enough to play in two state championship games in high school. My junior year our team was 38-1 and ranked in the top 15 nationally. I went on to pitch for four years (2-year closer and 2-year starter) at Madonna University in Livonia, MI. After my collegiate career was complete, I coached at the high school level before moving to Tennessee to work for a Minor League Baseball team.
Hobbies/Outside Interests: Golf, Friday night bonfires, coaching, spending time with friends and family, and I love watching my son participate in all of his activities.
Favorite trip: Family trip to Disneyland for my son's first birthday.
How did you become associated with Triple Crown? When working on my Master's degree I had to complete an internship, and I connected with the TCS Midwest franchise owner to complete my internship hours with him and learn more about the inter-workings of Triple Crown.
What intrigues you the most about Triple Crown?: The values that Triple Crown stands by are like that of no other organization that I have ever worked for. The staff here is tremendous with a common goal to create lasting memories.
Name: Jesse Pugh
Job Title/Primary Responsibilities: Baseball Director
Work email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family: Sandy & Billy Pugh (mom & dad), Sara Reynolds (Older sister)
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Colleges Attended/Graduated: Concordia University, NE. graduated in 2019 with a degree in Business Marketing.
Sports Background (proudest moment and most humbling defeat): Growing up I participated in multiple sports. In high school was a part of the varsity baseball and football team while also competing for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in freestyle skiing. Baseball and skiing have always been a passion of mine. While skiing I have been ranked nationally and during the winters would travel around the country competing in halfpipe and slopestyle. I did this through my Junior year of high school. After this focused on baseball and earned a scholarship to play at the Concordia University (NE). I played for three years and was a student coach my senior year.
My most proud moment in sports was earning my scholarship to play baseball.
One of my most humbling defeats was when I broke my collarbone skiing for the second time and going through PT to get back to skiing and baseball. It showed me that it is important to take care of your body and that I had to work to get back to where I was and be even better.
Hobbies/Outside Interests: A few of my hobbies and outside interests are skiing, fishing, baseball, slow pitch softball and spending time with friends and family.
How did you find or first become associated with Triple Crown Sports? I first became associated and familiar with Triple Crown Sports when I was younger and played in the Mountain Magic tournaments in Steamboat Springs. After my Senior year of college (2019) I was an intern for the Colorado Baseball Department. While helping coach the 16u team this previous year I learned of a possible opening. This past summer I was a seasonal and then applied for a full-time position.
What intrigues you the most about TCS? The thing that intrigues me most about TCS is the ability to help create memories through baseball tournaments. Growing up playing in TCS I made so many memories to last a lifetime, and now I have the ability to pass that on to the next generation.
by Daniel Villegas
Las Vegas, NV -- It was a beautiful Sunday for some championship baseball as NSA Baseball took down Baseball 101-Pagan in dominant fashion with a 9-1 victory, claiming the 18u division title at the Triple Crown Las Vegas Fall Nationals.
NSA (out of Henderson, NV) started pool play Saturday with a record of 1-1, winning against Canes West Las Vegas 16 but dropping their second game to Golden Spikes Baseball. They needed to be perfect on championship Sunday and NSA was up for the challenge.
They won their morning game against TKB with a nice 8-3 victory and were set up for a revenge game against the only team that beat them in the tournament. NSA showed that Saturday was not the final word as they won a close matchup, 9-6, against Golden Spikes to become championship-game bound, set to face a Baseball-Pagan team that won its first two Sunday games by big margins.
NSA came out the gates firing as they put up a crooked number their very first at bats. Leadoff hitter Ty Phillips set the tempo with a quick single for the first hit of the game. Back-to-back bunts had NSA looking good as the first was a base hit while the other was able to move the runners over. A wild pitch put the first run on the board for NSA and the offense took off after that.
Jase Pashales got a clutch RBI base hit to bring in the runner from third. Then followed a huge RBI triple from Kanon Welbourne to extend their lead. Gabe San Juan put the final touches of the inning with an RBI single to bring in Welbourne, and NSA had a fast 4-0 lead.
“Tremendous,” said NSA’s starting pitcher Ryan David about the quick offensive production from his team. “Pitching with a lead, easiest thing to do. Whenever we have four runs, easy day, and just throw strikes."
David settled in quickly as he had a one-run complete game to help his team win a championship. He only allowed six hits with three strikeouts through seven dominant innings.
“He was pounding the zone” said Kanon Welbourne who was catching the dominant pitching performance. “Throwing strikes, curveball was working. Doing what he had to do (to get the win). He’s pretty consistent so I expect that."
Their next runs did not come until the fourth inning when Derek Render hit an RBI single that brought in Welbourne who was hit by a pitch to start the inning. David seemed like he was doing it all with a two-run double in the same inning to push his lead to 7-0.
The bottom of the fourth was the time Baseball 101 (Las Vegas) started to rattle the bats. As Levi Cook was walked with his teammate Dejion Mitchell smacking a double to put runners on second and third. Caleb Sturman hit a sacrifice fly the very next at bat to bring in their only run of the game.
NSA was able to answer quickly with another run scored coming from an RBI single by Pashales in the top of the fifth. Their last run came in the seventh with Jake Morrison hitting a ball back to the pitcher with a runner scoring on the play.
David only faced five batters in the bottom of the seventh to close things out to bring the Las Vegas Fall National title to the boys from Nevada.
“It feels great, man,” said head coach Justin Grenier. “These boys work their butts off and they absolutely deserve it. Proud of them."
By Daniel Villegas
HENDERSON, NV. - It is not about how you start the game, it's about how you finish it. That was the motto for the Naturals after a slow start.
The Naturals, based out of Lehi, Utah, headed into game two of the Triple Crown Las Vegas Fall Nationals with hopes of a different outcome. They dropped game one of their tournament play to Canes West Las Vegas 10-4.
They certainly got better results with an offensive explosion against the Sandlot Baseball Club, securing a 17-5 victory with all their runs coming in the fourth inning. This brings their tournament record to 1-1 as they sit in second of pool A in the 14u division. They are just behind Canes West Las Vegas (2-0) in the standings.
“It is good, it felt good. We started really slow today and even through the second game, in the first three innings we couldn’t get the bats going.” said Head Coach Scott Brown when asked about his first win of the tournament. “We finally got a few hits we strung together. Yeah it felt good to get a win in that second game."
There was a slow start to the Naturals' offense as they could not muster any runs through three innings of play. They only had one runner on base and that came via a throwing error off a ground ball to the shortstop of the Sandlot Baseball Club.
It was a different story for the Sandlot as their offense was clicking early and seemed like they were going to run away with it. A strong second inning helped them build a lead of 3-0. This came from the catcher Wyatt Turely, as his RBI single drove in the first run of the game. A past ball brought in another run soon after. Gavin Grey capped the inning with an easy double to bring in another run.
The momentum carried into the third as a quick single from Chase Renzo and then an error from the second baseman put two runners on base. Jordan Butcher was able to bring one of those runners home with a long RBI single in the left center gap. Then a passed ball in the inning brought another runner home and the Sandlot Baseball Club was sitting pretty with a 5-0 lead.
But the beauty about baseball is it is never really over until every single out is recorded. The Naturals were down but they were not out.
“Just one pitch at a time, get your pitch, be aggressive, and let’s put some pressure on the defense,” said Coach Brown about inspiring his players heading into the fourth inning.
The inning started fast with a leadoff single from Miles Robinson. A passed ball brought him to second and while trying to pick him off he was able to advance to third by a throwing error. Dawson Brown hit a bullet in between short and third to tally the Naturals first run of the game.
The bases were loaded soon after an infield single from Hazen Elton and Keaton Nordick being hit by a pitch. A wild pitch brought one of those runners in with Devaughn Eka smacking a double to bring the score to 5-3. Another wild pitch made the score 5-4 with Tyler Zabriskie coming up with a big time at bat. He smoked a go ahead double with two runners scoring on the play to make it 6-5 Naturals.
“I was in the down count, I choked up, try to put the ball in play and see what happens,” said Zabriskie about his big at bat. “Just try to get on base and help my team out.”
The offense did not stop there as they continued to pile on the runs in the inning.
Four pitching mistakes led to four more runs for the Naturals. Plus, there was key hitting from players throughout the lineup. Bode Gaggero had a two run single and from there the Naturals never looked back. Clutch RBI singles from Maxon DeGroot, Hanks Jacobson, and Kannon Whiteley really stretched the lead. Zabriskie had another big time at bat with a nice RBI single that brought in two runs. He had four RBIs in that one inning alone. All this brought the score to 17-5 through three and a half innings.
The Naturals brought in Kannon Whiteley to shut things down and he did exactly that. He faced the minimum with two quick fly outs, a walk, and a ground out to finish the game.
“I would rate (our performance) about an eight out of ten. We were solid, just a couple of errors but not bad” said Keaton Nordick, a player on the Naturals. “We will continue (to) improve and get better. We will be able to score more and just improve”.
The Naturals look to continue their hot offense when they face the Grays at 8 am tomorrow morning.
The Sandlot Baseball Club will look to grab their first win of the tournament when they play Future Prospects at 10:15 am.
The club baseball season is fast approaching the finish line, with two uniquely assembled teams ready to make another run at the twin goals of overall success and individual growth.
New in 2021, the Top Prospects program executed through Triple Crown Baseball spent the year using the Don Reynolds Baseball Group (manned by scouts with a deep background in professional baseball) to evaluate 14u and 15u athletes playing in selected TCS tournaments. More than 1,000 players were reviewed, and 150 earned invites to the upcoming Pathway Arizona tournament, set for Sept. 17-20 at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson.
Two Top Prospects teams are suiting up for the Pathway event, both coached by former scouts Sean Murphy and Danny Bates.
Athletes had the option to get dedicated scouting reports and then benefit from the perspective of carefully selected individuals who had valuable expertise earned through years of playing, coaching and scouting in the sport.
“I thought it was pretty cool that scouts were there, and they were able to give reports back to us,” said Charlotte, NC, native Tyler Howe, 15, an outfielder/pitcher who plays for the Canes-Simpson club program and worked with Top Prospects at the TC Summer Nationals in July. “It gave me an idea about my strengths and the weaknesses I needed to work on. I can’t wait to get to Arizona. There are a lot of good teams in the tournament, and I have been able to meet some new people.”
“It was great to talk to the scouts, hearing the compliments and knowing that I can play with the best,” said Joey Senstock of Lincoln, NE., 15, infielder/catcher/pitcher with the Nebraska Prospects who worked out for Top Prospects at the TCS SlumpBuster in June. “I learned that the scouting report provided me with knowledge to help me prepare to get ready for the next level. The scouts were also very accurate with what I’ve been told by other coaches. I’m very excited about playing with players from all over the country as well as looking forward to being coached and evaluated by people with baseball history as scouts and former professional players.”
Getting good information into the heads of the players, and the hands of parents, is where Top Prospects can make serious impact on that part of the game where youth players are transitioning to high-school age athletes.
“You have real scouts writing real reports,” Bates said about the strengths of the program. “They’ve allowed us the freedom to grade the players through our eyes, our experience and knowledge – they didn’t put any restrictions on us with that. With that, it allows us to give players a true evaluation.”
Here are the rosters for the two Top Prospects teams playing this week in Arizona:
Head Coach: Danny Bates
Austin Finegan – California
Jo'sue Holloway-Brown – New Jersey
Fayz Baig – Connecticut
Ben Lindberg –Minnesota
Brock Budacki – Pennsylvania
Westin Thompson – Texas
Anderson Butner – California
Sean Selzer – Arizona
Jailen Watkins – Texas
Carlos Hernandez – California
Joey Senstock – Nebraska
Landon Majerus – Minnesota
Connor Burtch – Tennessee
Blake Burdine – Texas
Head Coach: Sean Murphy
Jeremiah Kirkwood – Washington
Ethan Benson – California
Jet Berry – Arizona
Elijah Bechtel – California
Mason Boyken – Minnesota
Talan Culberson – Texas
Colt Salgado – Texas
Deagan Rose – California
Tristian Jones – Texas
Jarrett Behrends – Nebraska
Tyler Howe – North Carolina
Juan Hernandez – Arizona
Andres Castro – Arizona
Dillon Brandt – Texas
Owen Meli – California
Championship bracket play will feature a doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 19; the event closes with the semifinals on Monday at 8:00 a.m., and the final game at 10:30 a.m.
“The game isn’t played by numbers, it’s played by people. Scouting is about projection,” said Reynolds. “We talk about where we know a player is, to where they might be. (Other people) are not talking enough about how we get this player better, regardless about what the numbers say.”
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Thanks to the excitement created by Triple Crown’s International Challenge at the Colorado 4th of July event, we have secured a broad-scale skills camp for future national teams from Latin America, South America and the Caribbean.
The skills camp will be held Monday, June 28, the day after the International Challenge is completed.
Coaches from outside the U.S. will run the skills camp as they look to strengthen their national rosters. We will also have coaches from the U.S. looking to build and strengthen their teams for the 2022 International Challenge.
These countries will be looking for players:
Players age 14-19 are eligible; space is limited and you must register to be included. Email Manny Travieso for more information and to register: Mannyusateam@gmail.com.
This event is sponsored in part by Empowering Leadership in Latina Athletes (ELLA). Learn more about ELLA here.