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The Chester County (PA) Crawdads is an AAU/USSSA travel baseball team headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Crawdads sponsor teams in many age groups and this web site reports on the 17-18 year old team.

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Saturday, March 28
Grimes Works for Ursinus

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Ex-Radnor High School star Sean Grimes is pitching for the Ursinus College Bears in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.  The freshman Grimes has started two games on the mound for the Bears thus far this season and has been credited with one save in relief.

Grimes will return for his final season with the Wayne American Legion baseball team this summer.



Saturday, March 28
Hennigan Joins Philadelphia University

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Slick fielding and speedy Dan Hennigan has earned a starting role as the second baseman at Philadelphia University.  The 5' 7", 150 pound, freshman has been inserted into the leadoff role by manager Mark Heineman.

Saturday, March 28
Richter Takes Pitching Arm to Rams

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All-Central League first team all-star, Stephen Richter, has joined the pitching staff of the West Chester University Rams.  Richter played eight seasons with the Chester County Crawdads.  He will join fellow Crawdad Joe Wendle on the Rams' baseball team.

Coach Greg Mamula said that Richter has "one of the best fastballs and breaking balls on the team."  His early season performance shows that he can be over-powering as Richter is averaging over two strikeouts per inning pitched.



Monday, February 23
Cowell Homers in First Collegiate Game

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Chris Cowell
Crawdad Chris Cowell hit a homerun, went 3 for 3, and have 5 RBI in his first collegiate game as the Richmond Spiders defeated Niagara 16-9 on Saturday.  Cowell, a Malvern Prep grad, went yard in just his third collegiate at bat as the Spiders' catcher.

Saturday, June 7
Hissey Taken in Fourth Round of MLB Draft by Red Sox

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Crawdad Pete Hissey

The Crawdads' Peter Hissey was the first player from the Crawdads Baseball Club ever selected in the Major League Baseball draft.  Hissey, an 18-year-old senior at Unionville High School, was selected in the fourth round by the Boston Red Sox.

From the Daily Local.

Sox Prospects

Philly.com



Sunday, April 27
Glenn and Snyder Sign with East Stroudsburg

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Paul Glenn & Brandon Snyder to East Stroudsburg

Avon Grove stars Paul Glenn and Brandon Snyder recently signed their Letters of Intent to play college baseball at East Stroudsburg University.  The signing was marked by a ceremony at Avon Grove High School on April 15 which was attended by family, friends, and coaches.

Glenn, a hard throwing right hander, and Snyder, a southpaw who plays first base, outfield, and pitcher, will join the Warriors and Coach John Kochmansky in the fall 2008.  Glenn and Snyder have been an integral part of the Crawdads Baseball Club success for the past five seasons.



Tuesday, April 22
Silvestri Signs Letter of Intent

Steve Silvestri signed his Letter of Intent on April 15, 2008 to play baseball at Division II California University of Pennsylvania.  Silvestri, a  hard hitting catcher from Oxford High School, will be joining the Vulcans in Fall 2008.

 Silvestri is joined in the picture by his father Steve, mother Lex.  Back row is Oxford High School coach Mike Dunn, athletic director Sean Harvey, and Crawdads manager Bob Bentz.



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Steve Silvestri signs with California University of Pennsylvania

Monday, February 25
Crawdads Win Division in Cocoa

The Crawdads won its first three games by the ten run rule in demolishing teams from Massachusetts, Maryland, and Florida enroute to gaining a number two seed and a third place finish in the Cocoa Expo President's Day tournament in the 18U division.

 

 



Tuesday, December 11
Jabair Khan Signs With Temple

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Owls Get Khan
Crawdads outfielder Jabair Khan has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue playing baseball at Temple University.  The speedy Khan, from Henderson High School, will play for coach Rob Valli starting in the 2008-09 season.

Joe Wendle
Joe Wendle a few years ago
Tuesday, November 25
Wendle To Become Ram

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Ram's Eye View

Joe Wendle, a senior infielder at Avon Grove High School, has announced that he will attend West Chester University.  The Rams were 33-17 last year and are coached by Greg Mamula.

 Joe Wendle signs with West Chester.



Monday, October 22
Crawdads' Pete Hissey Signs with Cavaliers

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Pete Hissey -- Virginia Bound

The Chester County Crawdads' Pete Hissey is the first Crawdads player to sign to play Division - 1 baseball when he committed to play for the University of Virginia in 2008.  Hissey, of Unionville High School, recently participated in the USA International Baseball Invitational held in Joplin, Missouri.

 Congratulations Pete on your outstanding achievement! 

 



Kearney
Bound for William & Mary
Tuesday, December 11
Kearney Signs with William & Mary for Football

Crawdads Nolan Kearney has committed to William & Mary.  The Downingtown West quarterback threw 21 touchdowns and had only three interceptions this past season for the Whippets.

Sunday, November 25
Crawdads Dominate Chester County Football Player of the Year Nominees

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Five of the seven nominees for Football Player of the Year in Chester County have been on the roster of the Chester County Crawdads.  Vote Here for Chester County Player of the Year.



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Jabair Khan
Sunday, November 25
Friendly rivalry, at least for 2 When Henderson and Downingtown West face off, former baseball pals will be all business.

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Nolan Kearney

By Rick O'Brien Inquirer Staff Writer

 Text messages between Nolan Kearney and Jabair Khan have been flying back and forth this week. Kearney, Downingtown West's strong-armed quarterback, and Khan, West Chester Henderson's speedy halfback and kick returner, have been playfully communicating about Friday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal between the Whippets and host Warriors.

 "I know Jabair from baseball," Kearney said. "We talk a lot, joke around with each other." Growing up, Kearney and Khan played baseball for the Marsh Creek Eagles and Chester County Crawdads. Kearney, who lives in Glenmoore, is a first baseman and pitcher for West. Khan, of Exton, is a centerfielder for Henderson.

On Friday, Kearney led the eighth-seeded Whippets to a 45-38 upset of top-seeded and previously undefeated Central Bucks South. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior completed 9 of 18 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried nine times for 58 yards and two scores. "Beating them gave us an incredible feeling," Kearney said. "We went into the No. 1 seed's house and came out on top."

In 11 games this season, Kearney has connected on 128 of 212 throws (60.4 percent) for 1,948 yards and 19 TDs. Also a running threat, he has rushed for 519 yards and nine scores. "I like our offense a lot," Kearney said. "It's a mix between a spread and a Wing-T scheme. It gives me a lot of options."

In a first-round district playoff against ninth-seeded Hatboro-Horsham, Kearney completed 17 of 19 passes for 258 yards and four TDs in a 49-28 victory. He also ran for 89 yards and three scores. Kearney's top receiving targets are split end Eric Ludwig, halfbacks Ryan Miller and Marty Johnson, and tight end Kevin Pirri. West (10-1) and fifth-seeded Henderson (11-1) are Ches-Mont League National Division rivals. In the regular-season meeting, the Warriors eked out a 29-28 victory. "Playing them again is going to be great," Kearney said. "In the first game, we killed ourselves with turnovers and penalties."

Kearney took a college visit to Richmond last weekend. The 17-year-old, who plans to major in political science, has taken unofficial trips to Michigan, Penn, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and William & Mary.



Sunday, October 21
Crawdads Prepare for Senior Season

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The Chester County Crawdads are preparing for their ninth and likely final season of playing travel baseball together.  All but two of the team members are seniors this year and most will be moving on to play at the next level next season.

 The Crawdads will be participating in the All Star Baseball Academy winter indoor baseball league and will be traveling to Cocoa Expo again this season to participate in the Cocoa Expo President's Day weekend tournament.



Wednesday, May 9
Crawdads to Participate in Inaugural Marzano Scout League

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John Marzano
John Marzano Woodbat High School Scout League (2008 graduates and under)

John Marzano is a former MLB player, college All American, 1984 Olympian, and current sports newscaster.

This is a high school Woodbat league for 2008 Graduates and under. In Florida, California, Arizona and Texas there are scout teams, that is, teams put together by major league Area Scouts intended to develop and showcase high school players who have professional and college aspirations.

There are no scout teams in this area. College players have college summer leagues like the Cape Cod league to showcase their talent for professional teams. Therefore, John Marzano has designed this scout league as a test program to give local players the benefit of a scout team, in a "Cape Cod" type high school league.

Initially, the league will invite 7 Delaware Valley quality programs to field teams to play a 12-15 game schedule at a central venue (primarily Sunoco Field in Philadelphia).

The league will begin with 3 triple headers (each day) over Memorial Day Weekend and run through mid July. Games will be primarily weekdays so as not to interfere with team tournament schedules. Schedules will be flexible and built around participating team scheduling needs. Each team will have approximately 2 games per week.

Marzano will provide team rosters and the league schedule to Major League Area Scouts and urge they attend games. Marzano will also contact college coaches and suggest they add the league to their recruiting schedule.

The league is a test program that will focus significant attention on Delaware Valley players. Hopefully, it will aid local colleges in recruiting local players and provide area professional scouts with early looks at promising local players.

Rosters will be 15 player minimum (20 player maximum). Teams will provide game balls and pay umpire fees. There is no league fee . There is however, a forfeit bond ($300.00). Any team forfeiting, regardless of cause, will be removed from the league, their bond will be forfeited (less umpire fees) to the team they were to play. That team will be replaced, if possible, by a wait list team. Absent forfeit, the bond will be returned at seasons end.

Each team will be required to take pre-game infield/outfield.

The league is by invitation, based on known local team reputation. Teams are encouraged to add the strongest players possible to their rosters (all star type teams).

Marzano Scout League web site


Wednesday, May 9
Teams in Marzano Scout League

Brooklawn Legion Baseball
Chester County Crawdads
Jeff Manto's Big League 30's
Lower Bucks Bandits
Maple Zone Diamonds
Mid Atlantic Prospects
Philadelphia Senators

Marzano Scout League web site






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Clawin' Our Way to the Top
Wednesday, May 9
Attention College Coaches

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Crawdads Baseball Club
All of our Crawdads players are interested in playing baseball at the college level. The coaching staff and I have coached these guys and have seen them play many high school and American Legion games. Please contact me if I can be a reference for any of our players.

Bob Bentz


Wednesday, April 25
Crawdads 2007 Schedule

The Crawdads are looking for weeknight games primarily between July 15 - August 14 this season. If you are interested, please contact us.

The following should be considered an early preview of the 2007 season. Tournament schedule will ultimately depend on players showcase commitments.

February 17-19, 2007 President's Day Tournament (Cocoa, FL)
May 26 -- vs. Brooklawn Legion* (Sunoco Field)
May 27 -- vs. Lower Bucks Bandits*
May 28 -- vs. Maple Zone Baseball Academy*
May 31 -- vs. Lower Bucks Bandits*
June 16 -- vs. Philadelphia Senators*
June 19 -- vs. Mid-Atlantic Prospects*
July 1 -- vs. Brooklawn Legion*
July 4 -- vs. Manto's Baseball 30's*
July 4 -- vs. Philadelphia Senators*
July 5 -- vs. Mid-Atlantic Prospects*
July 7 -- vs. Maple Zone Baseball Academy*
July 9 -- vs. Brooklawn Legion*
July 16 -- vs. Manto's Baseball 30's*
July 19 -- @ Delaware Wave (Wilmington, DE)
July 21-22 -- Delaware Collegiate Prospect Showcase Tournament (U of Del.)
July 25 -- @ Delaware Diamonds (Newark, DE)
July 26-29 -- KEYSTONE GAMES "Del Valley & Metro" (York, PA)
July 31 -- vs. Delaware Wave


* denotes Marzano League game.


Wednesday, April 18
Chester County Crawdads 17's 2007 Roster

Roster for the 2007 Chester County Crawdads 17's

1 -- Ryan Kraus P (Radnor)******jr.
2 -- Pete Hissey OF(Unionville)*** jr.
5 -- Brooks Bentz SS-2B (Radnor)******** jr.
7 -- Dan Hennigan 2B(Downingtown West)** jr.
8 -- Eric Kukoda C-3B(Avon Grove)****** soph.
9 -- Corey Snyder 1B (Avon Grove)** fr.
10 - Jon Hammer C(Harriton)* jr.
13 - Beau Reese P-1B(Tower Hill DE)**** jr.
14 - Chris Cowell P-C-3B(Malvern Prep)*** jr.
15 - Jabair Khan OF(Henderson)******** jr.
16 - Max Kenan P-1B (Conestoga)*** jr.
20 - Stephen Richter P-IF(Conestoga)******* jr.
21 - Brandon Snyder OF-1B-P (Avon Grove)**** jr.
23 - Joe Wendle SS (Avon Grove)**** jr.
32 - Sean Grimes P-OF (Radnor)*** jr.
33 - Paul Glenn P-OF (Avon Grove)**** jr.
36 - Garrett Dissin OF-P(Conestoga)* jr.
42 - Andrew Rufo C (Radnor)*** jr.
51 - Steve Silvestri C-OF (Oxford)** jr.
77 - Josh Hampton 3B-OF(Avon Grove)******* soph.


*denotes years with Crawdads.



Tuesday, August 8
Crawdads Go To Baseball Heaven

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Baseball Heaven Nationals Champs
standing: Reese, Reese, Glenn, Khan, Kenan, Cowell, Snyder, Snyder.
kneeling: Bentz, Bentz, Wendle, Grimes, Hennigan, Silvestri, Kukoda.

The Crawdads went undefeated winning six straight games enroute to winning the East Coast Nationals held at Baseball Heaven in Long Island in dominating fashion.

The Crawdads defeated the Smithtown (NY) Lightning 3-0 in the championship game as Max Kenan (Conestoga) twirled a gem. Kenan went all seven innings for the shutout as he scattered six hits and gave up two walks.

Kenan got some outstanding defensive support from his infield which seemed to thrive on the artifical turf at Baseball Heaven. In the seventh, Crawdads third baseman Brooks Bentz (Radnor) made a diving stab on a shot down the line, then threw from his knees for the out to take away a sure double. Then, to end the game, shortstop Joe Wendle (Avon Grove) went horizontal and second baseman Dan Hennigan (Downingtown West) made a great turn with a charging baserunner to end the game and the tournament.

The Crawdads took a 1-0 lead in the second as Steve Silvestri (Oxford) walked, Beau Reese (Tower Hill) drew his first of three walks in the championship game, and Bentz beat out a bunt to load the bases. Kenan then helped himself with a single for the only run the Crawdads would need.

The Crawdads pushed across two insurance runs in the sixth as Reese walked, Bentz was hit by pitch, and Paul Glenn (Avon Grove) walked to load the bases. Hennigan then worked another walk for a run and Wendle singled in a run.

The semifinal was all Crawdads as the Pennsylvanians made short order of the Castle Hill (NY) Mudcats in a 10-0 four inning mercy rule thrashing. Chris Cowell (Malvern Prep) twirled this no-hit shutout gem as Cowell was simply overpowering striking out seven in just four innings of work, including four consecutive batters. Cowell's only blemishes in the game were two hit batsmen.

Cowell, hitting cleanup, went 3 for 3 and drive in both the first run of the game and the final run that gave the Crawdads the mercy run rule win. Wendle had two hits including a RBI double.

The Crawdads won all four of its preliminary round games to earn the top seed in the playoffs. In Saturday's late game, Chester County got another masterful pitching performance from Brandon Snyder (Avon Grove) as he combined with Jabair Khan (Henderson) for a 8-0 shutout victory over Newark (NJ) Senior League All-Stars. Snyder struckout six and gave up just three hits in 4 1/3 innings of work before Khan finished up. Silvestri stroked a 3 RBI homerun to end the game in just five innings and Bentz cracked a triple and Glenn smashed a ground rule double.

Khan, the Crawdads swift center fielder, made one of the greatest catches in Crawdads history to preserve Chester County's 6-5 win over the Hudson Valley (NY) Bombers in game three. With two on and two out in the last inning, Khan dove at a line drive in left-center and came up with the Sportscenter web gem; had the ball got through, the Crawdads would have lost the game. It took a four run rally in the sixth to give the Crawdads the advantage as Kenan's sacrifice fly put the visitors in the lead. Wendle's triple started the inning, Khan singled, Cowell added a double and it was Reese who chipped in a single to tie the game.

Reese was the winning pitcher in game two as the Crawdads beat the Binghamton (NY) Nationals 4-2. Reese went the distance and worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh to preserve the victory in a gutsy performance. Wendle was a perfect 3 for 3 and Hennigan added two hits.

To open the tournament on Friday night, the Crawdads defeated the Lightning, its eventual championship game opponent, 9-2. Sean Grimes (Radnor)struckout five and got late relief help from Hennigan. Khan had three hits, including a mammoth homerun in the first inning and he also added a triple in the fifth. Wendle and Snyder each had two hits and Silvestri showed his power with a ground rule double. Erik Kukoda (Avon Grove) had a single and walk and scored a run.


CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Lightning 000 000 0 - 0 6 1
Crawdads   010 002 x - 3 4 1

             AB R H BI
Hennigan 2B    1 0 0 0
Wendle SS      4 0 1 1
Khan CF       3 0 0 0
Cowell DH      2 0 0 0
Kukoda C       0 0 0 0
Silvestri RF   3 1 1 0
Reese 1B       0 1 0 0
Bentz EH-3B    2 1 1 0
Kenan P       3 0 1 1
Grimes 3B      1 0 0 0
Snyder RF      1 0 0 1
Glenn LF       2 0 0 0


Friday, July 28
Crawdads Win Kinteco Tournament

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Kinteco Mid-Summer Classic Champions 2006
Standing: Reese, Silvestri, Reese, Cowell, Glenn, Snyder, Khan, Snyder, Khan, Bentz.
Kneeling: Wendle, Grimes, Hennigan, Kukoda, Hampton, Bentz.

The Chester County Crawdads 16's participated in its first tournament of the season and came out with the championship in the Kinteco Mid-Summer Wood Bat Classic sponsored by Berkshire Baseball.

The Crawdads faced the Binghamton Warriors in the championship game and defeated the New Yorkers for the second time in the tournament 10-6. This was the Crawdads fourth consecutive game on this hot Sunday. Joe Wendle (Avon Grove), sporting a new bat from the New London Bat Company, got the 'Dads going with a 3-RBI bases loaded double in the second to get the red shirts going. Josh Hampton (Avon Grove) followed with a 2-RBI double in the Crawdads six run second inning. Hampton then came in to pitch 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory in the championship tilt.

In the semifinal, the Crawdads had to struggle to get by a scrappy Flint Hill Flash squad. The Flash put the Crawdads in a 5-1 hole with a big third inning, but Hampton's 2-RBI double gave the Crawdads a 6-5 advantage in the fifth. Chris Cowell (Malvern Prep) did a masterful job in relief by hurling 4 2/3 innings and striking out eight to earn the win.

The quarterfinal game was also tight until the third inning when Steve Silvestri (Oxford) and Brandon Snyder (Avon Grove) had key RBI hits to put the Crawdads on top for a 6-3 win over the Muhlenberg A's. Beau Reese (Tower Hill), pitching on just one day's rest, twirled 4 2/3 innings and gave up just one run in earning his second win of the tournament.

Reese also pitched a shutout in a lightning-shortened 6-0 win over the Warriors in the first game of the tournament. Wendle started off the game with a triple and Brooks Bentz (Radnor) went 2 for 2. The Crawdads bested the Delco Friars in game two 5-2 as it strung singles together from Dan Hennigan (Downingtown West), Pete Hissey (Unionville), and Jabair Khan (Henderson) in a three run first inning. Reese added a mammoth double in the fourth. Sean Grimes (Radnor) started and finished the Crawdads third game which resulted in an extra innings 3-3 tie with the Central Pennsylvania Capitals.

For the tournament, Bentz led all hitters with a .500 average. Wendle and Cowell had three extra base hits each. Hampton had six RBI and Khan four stolen bases. Cowell earned a win in the semifinal and a save in the quarterfinal and did not give up a run while Reese won two games, including the quarterfinal and did not give up an earned run in eight innings of work.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Warriors   022 200 0 - 6 9 2
Crawdads   061 030 x - 10 9 1

BOXSCORE    AB R H BI

Wendle ss    4 1 1 3
Hennigan 2b 4 1 1 0
Hampton eh-p 4 0 1 2
Khan p-cf    2 1 0 0
Bentz 3b    2 2 1 0
Cowell dh    2 2 2 1
Kukoda c    0 0 0 0
Reese 1b    1 1 1 1
Snyder rf    3 1 2 1
Grimes lf    2 0 0 0
Silvestri rf 1 0 0 0
Glenn cf    2 1 0 0

2b - Hampton, Cowell (2)
3b - Wendle
sb - Hampton, Khan

PITCHING    IP H BB K ER R

Khan            3.2 6 1   4   4 6
Hampton (W) 3.1 3 0   3   0 0

HBP - Hampton


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Probability of Playing College Sports

Click on the headline link above for an interesting chart of your chances to compete in athletics beyond the high school level.

Our Goals as Crawdads

The Crawdads organization is designed to work in cooperation with your local baseball program. Players are encouraged to play both. The Crawdads, however, permits top level players to improve their skills by playing top competition that does not normally exist at a local level.

Our goals for all of our players are as follows:

1) Make Varsity as freshmen at high schools where this is possible.
2) Become captains of their high school teams.
3) Make All-Conference teams in high school.
4) Get our players an opportunity to play baseball in college.
5) Give players the baseball knowledge to become successful coaches after their playing careers are over.





   
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