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.