We were struck by what appears to be an ever increasing level of play in this area. The skill set seems to be improving every year and we are going to be excited to get these young ladies in front of the college coaching community. Minnesota travel ball teams have always performed well in national level tournaments, most notably the Longmont Tournament in Colorado - one of the most highly recruited 16U events every year.
We were extremely impressed with 6'0" pitcher/hitter Carolyn Stock. Infielder/hitter Emily Hansen continues to show the growth in her game that will lead her to a BCS program if she continues to work hard. Amber Elliott, P/MI, showed a toughness that we rarely have seen at any level and in any sport. Amber was coming off surgery and still played with a determination and reckless abandon that will make her a valuable addition to any program.
Here are the players we will be guaranteeing spot in one or more of the three Jamborees this summer - Colorado, Chicago, and/or Pennsylvania. Congratulations to all these young ladies -
Carly St. George
There will be several other players who most likely will be invited somewhere down the line. We hope you all will continue to work hard, persist, and work on your skill set and athleticism. We want to thank Sean Hall for all his help. We will look forward to seeing many of you in the months ahead.
As always, I like to remind players and parents that these are just numbers and nothing more While the raw athleticsim is extremely important, players still have to field it, throw it, hit it, pitch it, and catch it if they are going to be effective players at any level. It is our hope that you all will look at these numbers and figure out what you need to work on simply to become a better athlete in the years ahead.