18U AAA (Midget) Elite update from Arizona
The BC Baseball 18U Elite Spring Training trip in Tucson, Arizona is proving to be a great learning and competitive experience for the players as in addition to the daily practices they have already played 7 games against colleges from around the US.
After arriving on Mar 14 the team got right after it, practicing that night and again the next morning before playing their first games on Sunday, Mar 15, a double header under the lights versus Los Bachalearos, a Dominican men’s team from Tucson which included 7 former pro players. The BC pitchers, most playing in their first live games of the season, struggled with nerves and control, but the team overall got aggressive with the bats and played decent defence to make the games competitive.
The next day saw another morning practice at Pima College prior to games versus Mount Marty College, and University of Wisconsin-Superior. Again the team came out swinging the bats, being aggressive and scoring the first run in each game, but again BC pitching and fielding proved to be the downfall as more pitchers saw their first game action of the year.
By Tuesday, Mar 17 the effect of the daily practices and game experience kicked in as pitchers and hitters were outstanding in games versus Marian University and Concordia University – Wisconsin. BC pitchers were now throwing strikes and impressing coaches while the hitters were showing the effect of daily batting practice and seeing live pitching by timing up pitchers and squaring balls up.
Wednesday Mar 18 BC played Minnesota State – Fergus Falls before having their second game of the day rained out. Again pitching was outstanding while fielding proved challenging. Thursday saw the team practice in the morning before a tour of the University of Arizona including the McHale Center where the basketball team plays. The players were impressed by the amazing campus, and after the tour stayed in the university district to eat and watch March Madness in the campus atmosphere. Friday and Saturday, Mar 20 and 21 will again see the team practice daily while playing single games versus Williston State College on Friday and Carleton College on Saturday, before heading home on Sunday, Mar 22.
Overall, the heightened competition, game reps, and extra practices are helping to set up the players for this coming season, show them where they need to keep improving, and what it takes to compete at the next level.