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15U BCS Finals: All-Tourney Team

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Elite 2018’s and Premier 2018’s traveled to Fort Myers, FL and competed in the 15U BCS Finals Tournament, which took place on June 19-25. This tournament consisted of 78 teams from across the country.

Premier 2018’s finished second in their pool after going 4-1, while Elite 2018’s wrapped up pool play with a record of 2-3. Both teams, however, were well represented on the All-Tournament Team that was announced on Monday, June 29th.

Elite 2018’s had eight players and Premier 2018’s had eleven players chosen for the All-Tournament Team. Listed below are the stats for each player from the tournament.

Elite 2018’s

Anthony Deconcilis: 4 for 13 with 1 double, 5 RBI’s and 2 runs scored

Drew Golde: 1-0, 5 2/3 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

Jake Miller: 5 for 14 with 1 home run, 4 RBI’s, 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base

Tommy Piekarz: 4 for 16 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored and 2 walks
5 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 0 walks, 1 strikeout

Ryan Surin: 1-0, 8 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, o walks and 10 strikeouts

Andrew Tenison: 6 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored

Jared Trivette: 6 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored, 3 walks and 2 stolen bases

Andrew Warner: 1-0, 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts


Premier 2018’s

Jimmy Allen: 12 for 23 with 6 doubles, 7 RBI’s, 9 runs scored, 1 walk and 3 stolen bases

Mike Baumgardner: 4 for 8 with 2 RBI’s, 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases

Henry Del Valle: 3 for 9 with 1 double, 3 RBI’s, 1 run scored and 2 walks

Dawson Johns: 8 for 20 with 3 doubles, 6 RBI’s, 6 runs scored, 1 walk and 3 stolen bases
10 IP, 8 hits, 5 ER, 3 walks, 12 strikeouts

Jared Komarynsky: 7 for 21 with 1 double, 3 RBI’s, 4 runs scored and 2 walks

Alexander Pup: 5 for 22 with 1 double, 6 RBI’s, 4 runs scored and 1 stolen base

Sebastian Ramirez: 6 IP, 8 hits, 0 ER, 3 walks

Cameron Raupach: 8 for 15 with 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI’s, 6 runs scored, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases

Jack Rigoni: 6 for 20 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI’s, 9 runs scored, 2 walks and 1 stolen base

Justin Rios: 8 for 20 with 6 RBI’s, 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases
1-0, 8 1/3 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 9 strikeouts and 2 walks

Lorenzo Serrato: 3 for 10 with 1 double, 2 RBI’s, 6 runs scored, 2 walks and 2 stolen bases

2015 Season Preview: 15U Elite

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Head Coach Craig Courtwright is in his second year at the helm of the Elite 2018s; a group that walking up to the field could easily be confused with a much older team.  Eight players on Courtwright’s roster stand 6’0” or taller and the size translates into power on the mound and at the plate.


“This is a team that is certainly not lacking anything in aspects to size. Last year I felt that we were one of the biggest teams that we saw last year on the national level, and we’re even bigger this season.”  Courtwright said about his group.  “This team is a very tight-knit group, as 10 of the players returned from last year’s team. They have welcomed in the 4 newcomers to the team very quickly. The newcomers include Drew Golde (LHP/OF), Caleb Larson (RHP that came from our Premier team from last year), Gage Olszak (RHP/IF/OF) and Tommy Piekarz (RHP/OF/IF).”


The newcomers for the 2015 season add depth from both sides of the mound and are a versatile group defensively.  Caleb Larson has developed into a frontline arm and will certainly be called upon during some of the biggest games this season.


“I’m looking forward to both our Perfect Game Events, 15U BCS Finals and the 15U Perfect Game World Series.  Given the track record of success from within the organization at Perfect Game events, I would like to for this team to continue to grow the Elite brand at the national level.”  Courtwright said about his 2015 summer schedule.  “My expectation is to build on last year’s 56-10 record.  I think the boys will take their game to the next level by playing with more intensity and becoming students of the game this year.”


Courtwright went on to give a brief preview of each player’s role and expectations for the 2015 season.



#1 – Noah ErnstI expect Noah to take big strides forward this year coming off of a fantastic year last year for this team. Noah hit clean-up for most of the summer and showed the ability to drive the ball with authority to anywhere on the field. Defensively, Noah will see the majority of his time at catcher, first base, and right field.

#2 – Jared TrivetteJared turned out to be one of the leaders of the team last year, and he mostly led by example. Anyone that appreciates solid infield play needs to come watch Jared. He is about as smooth as it gets in the field. Jared will see the majority of his time at second base, with some time at shortstop mixed in.

#11 – Drew GoldeDrew is one of the newcomers on this team that was a big addition because he’s not only another left-handed arm, but a centerfielder that can flat-out go get the ball! Last year, I saw Drew run down a ball against us that should have been a triple in the gap, and he did it with ease.

#12 – Anthony DeconcilisAnthony is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year for this team. Anthony also hit leadoff for us for almost the entire season at a very high level. He is definitely a catalyst for this team both on offense and defense. This year I’ll be looking at Anthony to bolster the infield at shortstop.

#13 – Andrew WarnerLast year we missed Andrew for the entire season due to getting hit hard by the injury bug. We are glad to have Andrew back this seasons and will be looking for Andrew to step up on the mound for us this year and become a huge addition to this pitching staff and provide quality innings.

#14 – Cam FalkCam is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year from last year where he hit well over .400 with 72 RBI. Cam is a very quiet player that just shows up every day and attacks pitchers. Cam goes up to the plate each at-bat with a great approach and it shows with his results.

#15 – Andrew TenisonAndrew provided some huge innings for us on the mound last year in some big situations. He has the “bulldog mentality” that all coaches want in their pitchers. Last year Andrew split time between the middle infield and third base when he was not pitching, but this winter Andrew has dedicated himself into transitioning into a third baseman.

#16 – Caleb LarsonCaleb came from our Premier team last year, but came up and threw a handful of games for the Elite squad and was lights out every game that he pitched for us. I’m expecting Caleb to be at or near the top of the rotation for us this year. To see where Caleb was 18 months ago at 14U tryouts and seeing him now is amazing and is proof of what hard-work can do. This winter, Caleb was touching 84-85 on the radar gun and has a very bright future ahead of him at this rate.

#19 – Niko PozziLast year Niko spent the majority of his time behind the plate and did a great job of managing the game and basically eliminated the opposition’s running game. The part of Niko’s game that I am most impressed with is to see how he has progressed as a hitter. He is a very patient hitter that does not get himself out very often and punishes any mistakes that a pitcher makes against him. Niko has really worked hard on hitting to all fields. I expect Niko to continue to grow as a leader and continue to learn the game.

#21 – Kevin GarciaKevin is a fantastic all-around player with an infectious positive attitude. Kevin shows a great deal of composure and poise in all aspects of the game. He led our team in batting average last year at over .470 and was a force in the middle of the line-up. Kevin is a very versatile player that can play various positions on the field and play them at a very high level. Kevin gave us quality innings on the mound last year, but this year I’m expecting him to increase this role.

#22 – Tommy PiekarzTommy might be the hardest working player on this team and has spent countless hours of the offseason training and working to get better. Tommy has tremendous exit speed off of his bat and figures to be in the mix for a spot in the middle of the order. I also expect Tommy to be toward the top of the rotation. Defensively, Tommy will see time on the mound, as well as in the outfield and some time in the infield.

#23 – Gage OlszakGage is a newcomer to the team that will be asked to fill different roles throughout the year. He is one of the more versatile players on the team that could play all 9 positions on the field if it was needed. Gage is an absolute gamer whom you can count on to get the job done when the game starts. Gage will see significant time on the mound during the season because of his ability to change speeds and hit his spots.

#35 – Ryan SurinRyan is a very strong left-handed pitcher that will be at or near the top of our rotation. He threw some big games for us last year, but the most impressive games that he threw were the one’s where he did not have his great stuff and just had to out-work and out-think the opposing hitters. Ryan will also see time at first base, as he is a very valuable hitter that came up with some of our biggest hits last year to help us win games.

#44 – Jake MillerJake is coming off of a season where he led the team in homeruns with 11. He is a kid that will do anything that is asked of him and do it with a smile on his face. Jake is one of the more quiet kids on the team, but not many of them are as fierce of a competitor as Jake. He shows up every day looking to do whatever it takes to win that game, even if that means him batting or playing in a different position. Jake provided some very valuable innings on the mound last year and will continue to give us much-needed innings early in tournaments. I will mostly be looking to Jake to be a leader in the outfield.



Click here to view the 2015 15U Elite Roster Page.



Updates From the 15U & 16U Perfect Game World Series

Monday, July 28th, 2014

15U Elite Chicago

Game 1 vs. Georgia Jackets

Win 5-4


Ryan Eiermann would get the start on the mound for Elite and worked 6.1 innings.  Eiermann would scatter 5 hits and strike out 5.

Tyler Pennington and Zach Mettetal would lead the offense with 2 hits each.  Elite scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to take the victory.


Game 2 vs. Houston Banditos

Loss 7-5


Danny Denz got the start on the mound and kept the Banditos lineup in check through 5 innings of work.  Denz works 5+ innings allowing 3 ER and striking out 9.


Tyler Mettetal and AJ Ashley led the offense with 2 hits apiece.


Game 3 vs. Dirtbags (NC)

Loss 3-2


2018 LHP Ryan Surin took the mound for the second game of the day and worked an efficient 5 innings for Elite.  Surin needed only 64 pitches to get through his 5 innings.  He did not allow an earned run, only allowed 4 hits and struck out 3.


Offensively Tyler Mettetal, Bobby Miller and Jack Surin all had 2 knocks as Elite racked up 10 hits on the afternoon.



Elite finds themselves still alive in Pool A of the Perfect Game World Series as each team has already taken a loss or a tie through 3 games played.


Pool A Standings

Chet Lemon’s Juice 2-0-1

Team California Warrios 2-1-0

Houston Banditos Black 2-1-0

Dirtbags 1-0-2

Elite Squad 1-2-0

Georgia Jackets 1-2-0

Elite Baseball Training 1-2-0

Florida Burn 0-2-1


Click here to visit the 15U Perfect Game World Series page.



16U Elite Chicago

Game 1 vs. Florida Burn

Win 5-0


After rain stalled game 1 in the bottom of the 4th inning, 16U Elite’s first result would be a favorable one as Vanderbilt commit Drake Fellows pitch a complete game shutout.  Fellows retired 10 hitters via the strikeout and only surrender 2 hits over his outing.


Offensively Elite would work 10 walks on the day and then only needed 3 hits to plate their 5 runs.  Notre Dame commit Sam Ferri drove in 3 RBIs in the morning contest.


Game 2 vs. Slammers Black (CO)

Loss 1-0


Continuing the theme of dominant starting pitching, Ben Brecht toed the rubber in the nightcap for 16U Elite.  Brecht would work 4 innings and not surrender an earned run (1 unearned).  Brecht struck out 10 hitters in 4 innings.

Justin Vivar would work the final 3 frames for Elite and not surrender a run.  Vivar scattered 4 hits over his outing and made some big pitches to keep Elite within striking distance.


Michael Ruffolo, Tommy Szczasny, Evan Bell and John LeGare tallied a hit apiece for the Elite offense.


Similar to the 15U event, each team in Elite’s pool has taken a loss already and Elite has only surrendered 1 run through their 2 completed contests.


Pool B Standings

Slammers Black 2-1-0

Team Elite 2-1-0

Houston Banditos 2-1-0

Elite Baseball Training 1-1-0

Evoshield Canes 1-1-0

NorCal 1-1-0

Florida Burn 1-1-0

SWFL 0-3-0



16U Elite St. Louis

Game 1 vs. Orlando Scorpions Prime

Win 4-3


Justin Tallman earned the win for St. Louis in a complete game effort.  Tallman would scatter 8 hits and only surrender 1 earned run in the outing.


DJ Miller led the offense with 2 hits.


Game 2 vs. Indiana Prospects

Win 9-4


Jake Kostyshock worked 3 innings and Anthony Delia went the final 2 innings of the 5 frame affair as St. Louis would move to 2-0.  Neither hurler allowed an earned run over their outing.  Kostyshock’s fastball was up to 91 mph on the day.


Blake Charlton led the offense with 2 knocks.


Game 3 vs. Tri State Arsenal

Win 2-0


Blake Charlton worked a complete game on the bump for St. Louis as they moved their record to 3-0 in Pool A.  Charlton only surrendered 2 hits, 1 walk and stuck out 7.


Donovan Psaris paced the offense with 2 knocks and an RBI.  South Carolina commit Joey Polak had a big RBI double that broke a 0-0 tie in the 4th.


Game 4 vs. Dirtbags (NC)


Drake Salsman worked a complete game for St. Louis.  Salsman only allowed 2 hits and stuck out 7 hitters.


DJ Miller and Jordan McFarland, Arkansas commit, each had 2 hits for St. Louis who utilized a 4 run 6th inning to break a 2-2 tie on their way to the victory.




The 2016 St. Louis squad sits atop Pool A after a big 3 win day.


Pool A Standings

St. Louis 4-0-0

Elite Squad 2-1-0

Orlando Scorpions 2-1-0

Tri State Arsenal 1-1-0

Dallas Patriots 1-1-0

Dirtbags 1-3-0

Indiana Prospects 1-3-0

West Coast Mariners 0-2-0



Click here to visit the 16U Perfect Game World Series page.



Bats Rally for the 14U Elite with the (10-2) Win Over The ESP Select-Red

Monday, July 14th, 2014
By: Jake Keefer 

14U Elite take the (10-2) victory over the ESP Select-Red. From the first inning to the last inning, the bats rally for the Elite. With a great team effort both offensive and defensive played a role in this early afternoon game.

Kevin Garcia and Ryan Smith both had doubles

Andrew Tenison with a triple

Noah Ernst with a Home Run

RBI’s included: Ryan Surin 2, Anthony Deconcilis, Jake Miller, Noah Ernst 2, Cameron Falk, Andrew Tenison, and Caleb Larson

Elite Baseball Training 14U Players Garner All Tournament Status at Perfect Game National

Friday, July 11th, 2014

After a rain soaked week at Jet Blue Park (the Boston Red Sox Spring Training home), Elite Baseball Training’s 14U team was eliminated from the Perfect Game BCS National Tournament by eventual champion Connecticut Wolfpack.  The loss in the round of 32, didn’t detract from several Elite Baseball Training players from being recognized on the All Tournament Team by Perfect Game.  Players with honors and highlights below:

Kevin Garcia – 10 for 15 in the tournament (.667) with 1 double and 1 of the few home runs in the entire tournament

Cam Falk – hit .571 with 4 RBI and 5 runs scored

Jake Miller – .500 batting average with 4 runs scored

Noah Ernst – .467 batting average with 4 runs scored

Anthony Deconcillis – hit .400 for the tournament

Niko Pozzi – hit. 385 for the tournament

Parker Aquino – threw 7 innings in 2 games with 11 strike outs and a 0.00 ERA with 2 wins

Ryan Surin – threw 6 innings in 2 games with 8 strike outs and a 0.00 ERA

14U Elite takes a tough loss against East Cobb Select

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
By: Jake Keefer

It was a long dragged out game, due to rain delay’s. However didn’t stop the Elite to put up a great fight through out the whole game. Loss (2-1) but the Elite were in the game through out the seven innings.

East Cobb leading (1-0) until Elites Kevin Garcia hits a home run to tie the game at (1-1). Until later in the game East Cobb scored to put them up (2-1).

Came down to the bottom of the last inning, were elite has two outs and a guy on second. Elite got a hit, East Cobb over through it at first, Elite was rounding third to tie the game for it to go into extra innings. However, the East Cobb made a diving tag to end the game with East Cobb winning (2-1).





Close Win Against Central Florida Gators Blue

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
By: Jake Keefer

It was a great game to attend with a very close win against Central Florida Gators-Blue down in Fort Myers, Florida. Bottom of the first inning was the one and only score made during the whole game.

Kevin Garcia giving us the early (1-0) lead through out the whole game.

Cameron Falk had 2AB 2 1B and 2H. Kevin Garcia 1AB and 1RBI, and Ryan Surin had 2AB 1 1B and 1H.

It was a close game through out the whole game with Elite playing great defense and aggressive offense giving us the competitive edge through out the game.

It was a great team effort on both the defensive and offensive part of the game.

Elite 14U in complete control of Homer Heat

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

By Dan Recht

The Elite 14U team won in complete dominating fashion over the Homer Heat in Saturday mornings game. When it was all said and done the final score showed 10-1, with a slaughter rule ultimately ending the game.

Niko Pozzi was the star of the game with 2 towering home runs (as well as 3 RBI’s), one proving to be a walk off in the 6th inning because of the slaughter rule.

After 3 innings, Elite was down 1-0 and seemed to be in trouble of gaining a top seed in the tournament. The team quickly figured it out scoring 4 runs in the 4th, 4 more in the 5th, and eventually ending the game in the 6th adding 2 more runs. The high powered offense was evident, but the pitching and defense played an even bigger role.

Parker Aquino, Andrew Tenison, and Anthony Deconcilis all stood tall on the mound throwing 2 innings a piece, while only surrendering one earned run coming in the first inning. Everyone deemed important to the big win with multiple players driving in runs. Kevin Garica and Noah Ernst both had 2 run doubles in the 4th and 5th innings respectively. Ryan Surin drove in 2 runs and Jake Miller collected 2 hits throughout the game.

After the big win, the Elite 14U team should be in the running to gain the number 1 seed and ultimately make a run to win the tournament.

2014 Season Preview: 14U Elite

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

CHICAGO – The 14U Elite group is coached by Craig Courtwright and Tim Bado and is an extremely projectable group when you look at the heights and weights on the roster.  This group has several front-line arms and the athletes to defend behind them.

“This team is, physically, the biggest team that I have ever coached. There is no shortage of talent on this roster, and as the off-season progressed, the kids each pushed each other battling for positions, which helped each kid improve.” Coach Courtwright said about his ’14 group.

The majority of this team was assembled this off-season but according to Courtwright the team has built tremendous chemistry already.

“This team consists of players from 7 different teams from last season, yet it’s one of the tightest knit groups that I have come across.”

Knowing the talent level within this group, Courtwright has set up a schedule to test his squad against some of the nation’s best.  The schedule is highlighted by a trip to the Perfect Game USA 14U BCS Finals.

“Our schedule will be very rigorous, and every tournament will be filled with the top teams in the state and country. We will be traveling to Canton, MI, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Fort Myers. We are looking forward to the Perfect Game tournament in Fort Myers July 2-9.”

Coach Courtwright went on to give a brief preview of each player on his roster.

#1 Noah Ernst – “Noah is the vocal leader of the team. He will see time behind the plate, first base, and in the outfield. Noah’s bat will be a big presence in the middle of the lineup.”

#2 Jared Trivette – “Jared is one of the hardest workers on the team, and has the best hands that I have seen at the youth level in my 13 years of coaching. He will see the majority of his time in the middle infield, with some time in the outfield mixed in. Jared will be a staple toward the top of the lineup as we look for him to set the table for the middle of the order.”

#12 Anthony Deconcilis – “Anthony has been a joy to watch develop in the off-season. He will play middle infield, outfield, and see plenty of time on the mound, as he will be looked to for big innings in tournaments. Anthony will also be counted on to get on base at the top of the order to spark our offense.”

#13 Andrew Warner – “Andrew is a very physically strong kid with tremendous athletic ability. He will see the majority of his time in the outfield, but will be counted on for a strong workload on the mound. Andrew will be looked at to help produce runs at different spots in the lineup.”

#14 Cam Falk – “Cam is one of the quietest kids on the team, and just shows up every day looking to get better. He will see most of his time at third and first base, but will see plenty of innings on the mound. Cam will be looked at to hit somewhere in the middle of the lineup, as he is a very pure hitter with a great feel for situational hitting.”

#15 Andrew Tenison – “Andrew is probably the hardest worker on the team. I have had the chance to watch him grow over the past 12 months and he is just now starting to come into his own. Andrew will be asked to provide the team a lot of big innings on the mound, as well as time in the middle infield. He will be asked to spray the ball around the field to move runners and get on base.”

#19 Niko Pozzi – “Niko has a great feel and understanding of the game and has a great presence on the field no matter where he is. Niko will see the majority of his time behind the plate, and will see some time at third base when he is not catching. Niko will be in the mix to hit in the middle of the order and drive in runs as a true gap-to-gap hitter.”

#21 Kevin Garcia – “Kevin has the best attitudes that any coach can ask for in a player. Kevin will be looked at for some big innings on the mound, and will see time behind the plate, first base, third base, and outfield. Kevin’s bat will be a big part of our offense, as he has the ability to drive the ball with authority to anywhere in the field.”

#22 Jordan Byers – “Jordan is the best all-around athlete on the team, which helps him succeed anywhere on the field. He will see most of his playing time in the outfield. Jordan will be asked to be a catalyst, due to his speed, no matter where he bats in the lineup.”

#24 Parker Aquino – “Parker has an unbelievable passion for the game of baseball and would play a game every day of the week if he had his choice. Parker will be at the top of the pitching rotation and will be asked to pitch some big games. When Parker is not pitching, he will see most of his time in the middle infield. Parker has come a long way offensively, and will continue to hit balls hard all season.”

#35 Ryan Surin – “Ryan has the ability to comprehend the game of baseball at a level that few other 14-year old players around. Ryan will also be at the top of the pitching rotation, and is the team’s only left-handed pitcher. We will look to Ryan to hit with authority in the middle of the order.”

#44 Jake Miller – “Jake is as close to a 5-tool player that we have on this team, and will go out and do his job anywhere on the field. Jake will see most of his time in the outfield, at third base, and on the mound. He is one of the purest hitters that I have seen in my coaching career.”


Click here to visit the 14U Elite roster page.

Elite Players Shine at USSSA Jr. All-State Games

Monday, August 12th, 2013
By: Cory Zomick

Earlier this summer Scott Christy was named the head coach for Team Illinois for the 2013 USSSA Jr. All State Games.  The state of Illinois was eventually divided into 2 teams and a Northern and Southern Illinois team attended the event.    This past weekend Christy and his Northern Illinois squad headed up to the Woodside Sports Complex in Mouston, Wisconsin, to see how the boys stacked up against teams from Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska.

Team Northern Illinois finished the weekend with a 5-3 record and lost the championship to Indiana 4-3 in a tightly contested game.  The whole weekend saw an incredibly high level of play by these 13U teams.

“This was hands down the best competition I’ve seen all year.  I don’t think we saw a pitcher under 72-73mph the whole weekend.  Every coach there really put together quality rosters.”  Christy said of the competition.

Team Illinois featured 6 players who will don the Elite uniform in the 2014 season.  Andy Lopez, Tim Hasto, Frank Dixon, Troy Jones, Ty Christy, Ryan Surin and Kevin Garcia all represented the state of Illinois in the competition.

“Andy Lopez and Kevin Garcia both had phenomenal weekends for us.  Andy was at one point 7-7 against the quality pitching that we were seeing and Kevin was a stud on the mound for us in the championship.”  Christy said.

Advancing to the championship was only half the highlight of the trip for Christy’s bunch as they swept the skills competition portion that took place on Thursday.

Of the 4 finalists in the Home Run Derby, 3 were members of Christy’s squad and they were all part of the Elite contingent.  Andy Lopez was the eventual Home Run Derby champion beating out teammate Frank Dixon who took second.  Kevin Garcia ended up taking 4th in the competition.  The team from Northern Illinois also took home the Fastest Man, Fastest Team and won the Around The Horn competition as well.