2017 Area Code Games – Day Five

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 13th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The Area Code Games actually have a pretty cool history to them. Before we get to the final day of action, here is a quick look at how the games evolved, StitchHeads…

 
 

2017 Area Code Games – Day Four

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 11th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The Yankees run the bases with some NEGU kids, who are fighting cancer

The Yankees run the bases with some NEGU kids, who are fighting cancer


StitchHeads, we’ve now gone through four days of the 2017 Area Code Games. One more day to go. In case you are keeping count we have had just one tie game of the 15 that have been played thus far. And better yet, we still haven’t had our first rain delay. (Yes, I’m kidding. It doesn’t rain here in August. Silly me.).

 
 

2017 Area Code Games – Day Three

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 10th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The Rangers take the field.

The Rangers take the field.


As I’ve probably over-mentioned the last few days, the quality of players that come through the Area Code Games can’t be undersold. In fact, during the broadcast of today’s first game, the broadcasters (sorry, I didn’t catch their names but their twitter handle was @MostlySport, so look ‘em up) mentioned that seven of last June’s top 11 draftees in the MLB draft were alums of the Area Code Games.

 
 

2017 Area Code Games – Day Two

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 8th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The Brewers get into the swing of things prior to their game vs. the Nationals.

The Brewers get into the swing of things prior to their game vs. the Nationals.


Today was the second day of the much ballyhooed Area Code Games. How ballyhooed? To repeat a tweet from the ACG twitter feed there were 535 professional scouts in attendance at yesterday’s opening day. My gawd. Just a side note here, I am glad I am not a highly-regarded, 17-year old baseball pitching prospect because I’m pretty sure I’d get out there on the mound and throw my first pitch about 53-feet. That’s a LOT of pressure on these poor high schoolers.

 
 

Area Code Games 2017 – Day One

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 7th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The Northeast-based Yankees were the most impressive team of the day at Day One of the Area Code Games in Long Beach, California. Even without Jeter and A-Rod.

The Northeast-based Yankees were the most impressive team of the day at Day One of the Area Code Games.

As many of you StitchHeads out there who have been reading my garb and following me for years know, the Area Code Games is one of my favorite events. It’s no big deal really though, I mean it’s not the College World Series or the Houston College Classic or anything. But it is a bunch of high school All Americans who gather in one place to play five days worth of games for scouts from every MLB team and a whole gaggle of college baseball coaches.

 
 

The Best And The Worst Of 2017

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 5th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

Cheers. Let's all raise a glass - or a paper cup as Missouri State players are doing here - to the 2017 college baseball season.

Cheers.
Let’s all raise a glass – or a paper cup as Missouri State players are doing here – to the 2017 college baseball season.

 

You StitchHeads out there have a right to be hacked off at me. I spent five months documenting the college baseball season from my perspective and writing all about what was going on with our sport. Then, after the College World Series was done, I shut down. Usually I like to put out one last column that tells you guys about my favorite moments and least-favorite experiences to sort of put a bow on the season.

 
 

Field Of 64 Reaction

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 1st, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

The white-hot spotlight falls on Clemson this week.

The white-hot spotlight falls on Clemson this week.

Okay StitchHeads, here we go. The field of 64 has been announced and big wigs of the sport have been given the red carpet treatment while the angst and anger of those mistreated ones has begun being aired. (Don’t worry, I’ll join in on that below). For starters let’s put on the tweed jacket with the patches on the elbows, get out the red pen and grade the NCAA Selection Committee on their layout of the Big Dance for 2017.

 
 

NCAA Bubble Teams, May12th

Louisiana Tech is obviously beyond elation on being an NCAA bubble team.

Louisiana Tech is obviously beyond elation on being an NCAA bubble team.

(To check out more of my work, a whole bunch of it can be found four times a week on D1baseball.com)

Okay StitchHeads, we are now fully immersed in the month of May. In other words, it’s put up or shut up time in college baseball. From here on out the season becomes like a hard-driving Metallica song, brutally honest, incredibly raw and no excuses for crybabies.

You’ll hear an awful lot about National Seeds, No. 1 seeds, at-large bids and of course, the omni-present bubble watch that kicks into high gear. So lets put our toes on the end of the board and dive into it.

 
 

Three-Up, Three-Down for April22nd

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 22nd, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

An emotional Brian Shoope hugs his wife after picking up his 1,000th career win.

An emotional Brian Shoope hugs his wife after picking up his 1,000th career win.

Lots of upsets and a handful of notable performances dot the stitched-ball landscape for this Friday of college baseball action. There are also a bunch of bummer efforts that laid an egg. Here are the goods and bads in our sport today…

 
 

My Favorite Pics From The First Month of 2017

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on March 24th, 2017 in National Stuff Comments: 0

Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis told me I had carte blanche access to his team while I was at their game in Hawaii against the Rainbows. So I snapped this pic of the final out from behind the Hoosier players perched on the top step of the dugout. First time I've been able to do a shot like this at a game.

Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis told me I had carte blanche access to his team while I was at their game in Hawaii against the Rainbows. So I snapped this pic of the final out from behind the Hoosier players perched on the top step of the dugout. First time I’ve been able to do a shot like this at a game.

Hey StitchHeads.

This season is already flying by, ain’t it? I’ve been doing a little bit of flying myself, making it out to some far flung locations to see as much college baseball as I can in this early part of the season. And here are a collection of some of my favorite images I’ve been able to snap in these first five weeks of the 2017 campaign. Hope you dig ‘em.