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.”