Albuquerque, N.M. – The Pathway Games Albuquerque delivered four days of non-stop college recruiting and championship baseball from the beautiful, all-turf Albuquerque Regional Sports Complex on June 20-23 in New Mexico.
Twenty-four teams from around the country (California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah) competed in 18u and 16u divisions as 25 college coaches representing every level watched the action.
“It was an amazing event with a great field of teams and college coaches,” said Tournament Director Gino Grasso. “The facility is top notch and one of the best in the country for college showcase type events. The city and facilities were amazing to work with and did a great job for us”.
On Wednesday, 240 players participated in morning workouts ran by college coaches. Measurements were recorded on OF Velocity, IF Velocity, Catcher Pop Times and Exit Hitting Velocity. In addition to the workout, a college coach seminar was attended by more than 120 parents giving them an inside look into the recruiting process and what it takes to play at the next level.
Based on conversations with coaches and sifting through their notes, more than 80 players were talked to by college coaches during the four-day event.
“Albuquerque is definitely a new home for Pathway Baseball moving forward and the foundation and format on which we will continue to build future events. We want to continue building intimate events with attention to detail so that we can continue to put players in the right opportunities to move to the next level,” Grasso said.
The Texas Oilers defeated Albuquerque Baseball Academy 20-9 to earn the title. The championship game was broadcast live on the ProView Networks and Channel 26 in Albuquerque. The Oilers finished the week 7-1 with their only loss coming against the Salt Lake Gulls BBC Gray out of Utah in pool play.
The Salt Lake City Gulls - Navy knocked off the Fresno Athletics 15’s 10-6 in the Underclass Division. The Gulls finished the event 5-1 and grabbed the No. 1 seed heading into bracket play.
College Coaches in Attendance
University of San Francisco, University of New Mexico, University of Northern Colorado, Wayland Baptist, Pima Community College, Otero Junior College, Lamar Community College, University of Southwest, Eastern Arizona College, Eastern New Mexico University, El Paso Community College, Luna Community College, Texas College, Regis University, New Mexico Junior College, New Mexico Highlands University, CSU-Pueblo … FULL LIST.
Triple Crown Sports features a seven-event sequence within its older-age baseball division called Pathway Baseball, and 2018 already looks like a breakout year for the program.
First up this year is the Albuquerque Pathway Games, set for June 20-23 at the new five-field Albuquerque Regional Sports Complex. This lighted, turf facility is built to meet the needs of 17u/18u teams that come to a Pathway event for a very specific reason – getting their players more informed about the recruiting journey through competition and educational moments, while also putting these athletes in front of and in touch with college coaches who are actively looking to fortify their rosters.
College coaches will be present during pool play games at this Pathway event and will also provide their insight during the Exposure Clinic and individual workouts. It’s a five-game guarantee for 24 teams, who come from Utah, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, California and Montana.
“I had a vision for this event from Day 1 to set the foundation of what our Pathway Division will be moving forward. The goal for Pathway is to continue creating these type of events in different regions and get these kids in front of college coaches and play competition they might not normally see,” said event director Gino Grasso. “Albuquerque has been on board and supported this effort 100 percent. Later this fall we will be building a new event at Peoria (AZ) Sports Complex, springtime home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, while also trying to plan 2019 events in Northern California and Birmingham, Alabama. We want to create a niche for these teams and organizations so that they have the opportunity to further their baseball careers after high school.”
Pathway Games-Omaha and Atlanta will also unfold this summer; you’ll also see the Pathway vision play out at the Great Lakes Spectacular and the U.S. Baseball Championships, and the Northern Colorado Fall Classic.
For more information about Pathway events, contact Grasso at (970) 672-0528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.