After wrapping up the Great Lakes Spectacular in Michigan a couple days ago, Triple Crown takes Pathway Baseball east for the highly anticipated U.S. Baseball Championships in Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia.
USBC has established itself as one of the premier college exposure events in the country. It features a small amount of teams and big exposure; the event has seen over 40 college coaches and professional scouts in attendance the past two years. In 2018, there will be 15 Underclass (16u) and 12 Upperclass (17u and 18u) teams from ten different states competing and 26 college coaches committed to attend.
“The U.S. Baseball Championships has been a strong college exposure event for the past eight years in the Richmond and Henrico County area,” said Pathway Baseball director Gino Grasso. “While it has lost some steam this year in total team numbers, we are looking at ways to grow the event and bring it under the Pathway umbrella in 2019. The baseball talent is rich in Virginia and surrounding states and there are tons of colleges within driving distance to recruit. I can see this being one of our top Pathway events in the coming years.”
Tomorrow, Tuesday June 18, the Upperclass division will start off the 2018 USBC with a bang at the Home Run Derby held at RF&P Stadium. The 5-game guarantee will start the following day and teams will soon be seeded in a single-elimination bracket that concludes on Monday, July 23. The 2017 USBC Underclass champions, the Virginia Cardinals, have moved up an age group and are in the mix of talented Upperclass competition this year.
The Underclass division takes their cuts later this week with their own Home Run Derby. The tournament format models the Upperclass division and includes playing on first-class facilities such as the University of Richmond, Randolph Macon College, RF&P Stadium and a few beautiful, local high school fields.
In addition to showcasing power at the home run derby, USBC offers position players the opportunity to showcase their skills prior to pool play at the College Exposure Clinics, also known as the Position Player Preview Workouts. The team invite is included in the USBC entry fee and every team will have a time slot to showcase position players in front of college coaches in infield and outfield specific drills as well as batting practice and a timed 60-yard dash.
The clinic will take place at Virginia Sports Complex with the following lineup: Infielders 8am-10, outfielders 10:30am-12:30, and pitchers/catchers 1:30pm-4. Players are welcome and encouraged to come to one or all of the time slots.
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