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The Bandits Baseball Club is in its 16th year of providing training for players ages 8 to 18.  In addition, the Bandits Baseball Club is sponsoring the following travel teams for 2013:  8u, 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u, 16u, 17u, & 20u.  Bandits's teams are not about winning at all cost, but rather see the "big picture" of  a player's career.  The Bandits stress fundamentals, knowledge and playing the game the right way.  We're here to assist the player with achieving his goals, whether it be playing high school baseball, college baseball, or possibly beyond.  The Bandits' program has produced scores of good high school players and almost as many college players in the past 17 years.  Feel free to browse our site and contact us if you should have any questions. 



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Friday, July 18
Indiana Bandits Fall 2014 Season Schedule Taking Shape

The Indiana Bandits will again be putting together a fall baseball team to travel and showcase players in 2014. The season schedule is getting close to being finalized at this time. Interested players should contact Coach Fenimore at blfjrf@frontier.com or call at 765-561-0521. The 2014 Fall Schedule as of July 18th is as follows:

August:

23rd: DH vs. TBD

24th: DH vs. TBD

30th - 31st: Roger Mackey Labor Day Memorial (Ho-Chuck Park)

September: 6th: Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)

7th: Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI)

13th: DH vs. Hammond Hurricanes & TBD

14th: DH vs. Hammond Hurricanes & TBD

20th: Adrian College (Motor City Pride and TBD)

21st: Trine University (Motor City Pride and Summit City Sluggers)

27th: Vincennes University (Vincennes University and Indiana Indians)

28th: Taylor University (Northern Indiana Chargers)

October:

4th: Vincennes University (Vincennes & TBD)

5th: TBD

11th: At Hammond Hurricanes (DH)

12th: At Hammond Hurricanes (DH)

18th - 19th: Michigan State University



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Friday, July 18
2015 Indiana Bandits HS Age Tryouts Set

The Indiana Bandits Baseball Club would like to announce their tryout dates for the 2015 season for the following teams: 15u, 16u, 17u and 18u-Select. The tryouts will be held at Shelbyville High School on the following dates: Saturday, August 9th from 2 PM to 6 PM Sunday, August 17th from 2 PM to 6 PM Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Bandits HS/College Coordinator, Bruce Fenimore, at 765-561-0521 or via email at blfjrf@frontier.com Please note, the 18u-Select team is for players planning on attending college to play baseball. These players will participate in an area college league in 2015.

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Friday, July 18
Bandit Player Selected for North-South All-Star Game

The Indiana Bandits are proud to announce that one of it's members was selected to participate in the annual North-South All Star Game. Zak Kellogg (IPFW Commit), Catcher, representing New Castle High School recently participated in the North-South Series in Richmond, IN. The South won all 3 games on the weekend and all reports are that Zak represented his school very well. Congratulations to Zak on this outstanding achievement. It's well deserved and shows that all your hard work is paying off.

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News Flash
Tuesday, December 10
Bandit College Players Update

The Indiana Bandits has been checking up on former players currently in college and seeing what they're up to ... here's a list of what we've been able to find out:

2009 Class:

  • Evan McCombs ... (Connersville) ... Evan will graduate from the University of Indianapolis this fall and is currently working with a financial planner/insurance agency in Greenwood.
  • Riley Howden ... (Mooresville) ... we've learned that Riley has gotten married over the summer!  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Riley Howden!!!
  • Mason Haines ... (Mt. Vernon) ... Mason has returned home and is working in the family business at Robert Haines Company.

2010 Class:

  • Jordan Hoeing ... (Rushville) ... is attending Ball State University after transferring from IPFW.  He's studying criminal justice and keeping Austin Bruns in line.
  • Austin Bruns ... (Rushville) ... is also attending Ball State University and studying business.
  • Erik Pearson ... (Bloomington North) ... is attending Indiana University, majoring in journalism, is engaged and is coaching a travel team based out of Bloomington.
  • Jacob Howenstein ... (Zionsville) ... is attending Washington University in St. Louis.  While not traveling around the world and trying to run with the bulls in Spain, he's managing to also do some studying and participate in some type of athletic events that require you to forge streams, run through mud pits and such.
  • Andrew Tople ... (New Palestine) ... is attending Ohio Northern University and is studying Computer Science/Engineering.  He's worked locally this summer and participated on the first Bandits Summer College team.  He still has a "Sick Deuce".  Andrew is still playing for the Polar Bears and is one of the teams main closing pitchers.  He also enjoys hanging out at the Regal Beagle in Ada, OH when not studying hard for classes.
  • Pete Stuart ... (Brown County) ... Pete will be a senior at DePauw University this year.  He will factor well into the pitching staff there.  Pete had surgery this summer to repair a breathing problem and has recovered well from that .  He pitched against the Bandits College team this summer and had a good time seeing old teammates.
  • Clint Chestnut ... (Pike Central) ... Clint will be attending Indiana University Southeast in New Albany this year.  He attended Olney Central last spring having transferred from Indiana Wesleyan University at the semester break.  Clint will be pitching for IUSE.  He pitched this summer for the Dubois County Bombers based out of Huntingburg, IN.
  • Trey Thurston ... (Madison) ... is finishing up his senior year at Franklin College. 
  • Chris Rae ... (Cambridge City) ... is attending Indiana University East in Richmond, IN.  He's also helping coach at Hagerstown High School with the JV team.
  • Caleb Fenimore ... (Rushville) ... will be in his final year at IPFW.  He spent time in San Diego this summer with a "college" summer team and also back in Indiana with the Bandits College team.  It was very enjoyable to see him back in a Bandit uniform with other former Bandits this summer.  Caleb should be the main catcher for the 3rd  year for the Mastodons and looking to play after college as well.  He's working towards a degree and going to physical therapy school upon graduation.
  • Pete Fraker ... (Perry Meridian) ... is working for an equipment manufacturing company setting up industrial machines in factories.  He's been able to travel to Japan once or twice for work.  He recently purchased his first home not far from his parents.
  • Corey Sears ... (Brownsburg) ... is in the US Military stationed out of Texas.  He's coaching is girl friend's son's baseball team in his spare time.  Last communication was that he was home and may be deployed to the Middle East.  On a side note ... 2013 Bandit grad, Justin Dunham, was or is dating Cory's sister ... small world.
  • Alex Beck ... (Mt. Vernon) ... is in his senior year at Ball State University studying Business according to his mother.  He's still looking for another wingman ... Coach Chestnut???
  • Max Barron ... (Chatard) ... is in his senior year at Indiana University.  Max is playing on the Club baseball team at IU and is doing quite well.

2011 Class:

  • Brady Thomas ... (New Palestine) ... is in his 3rd year at the University of Indianapolis studying business.  Brady was red-shirted his freshman year and came back this past spring and had an outstanding season.  Brady is playing outfield for the Greyhounds.
  • Jared Ruxer ... (Lawrence Central) ... is in his 3rd year at the University of Louisville.  He just finished up his second season in the Cape Cod League this summer as a pitcher.
  • Logan Blair ... (Mt. Vernon) ... is in his 3rd year at Wright State University.  He was redshirted his first year and last season was moved out from behind the plate to help out of the bullpen.  And, believe it or not, is now a submarine style pitcher ...!!!!  What???  That's what he says now.
  • Garrett York ... (New Castle) ... is in his 3rd year at Earlham College.  He's pitched well for the Quakers out of the bullpen and had a start or two.
  • Ty Simpson ... (Heritage Hills) ... has finished up at Vincennes University and is, at last report, headed to a D2 school in the south.  More recently, Ty pitched for the Dubois County Bombers and was a teammate of 2 other former Bandits ... Spencer Sapp and Clint Chestnut on that team.
  • Spencer Sapp ... (Jasper) ... Left Indiana University in the fall last year and played at Wabash Valley.  He has accepted a position to pitch at Ohio University this next season.  More recently, he played for the Dubois County Bombers with 2010 Bandit Clint Chestnut.

2012 Class:

  • Jake Kendall ... (New Castle) ... is attending Trine University in Angola, IN.  He just completed his first year there and is studying engineering.  Jake contributed on the field for the Thunder this past spring and looks to help the Thunder out again this year.  More recently, Jake participated with the Bandits College team in the Midwest Prospect League and had a good summer season.
  • Jake Mills ... (Mt. Vernon) ... is attending Vincennes University and will be in his second season there.  Jake is pitching for the Blazers and had time on the hill for them this past spring.  Jake participated on the Bandits College team this past summer as well.  He pitched well and also hit a homerun one game.
  • John Michael Weaver ... (Mt. Vernon) ... is attending a junior college in Michigan and playing well for them. More recently, he played for the Bandits College summer team and anchored right field for the Bandits.

2013 Class:

All of these players are either on their way or preparing to go to the following colleges ...

  • Cameron Gruell .... Marian University (Indianapolis) (NAIA)
  • Arin Welsh ... Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne, IN) (NAIA)
  • Austin Niehoff ... Hanover College (Hanover, IN) (NCAA - D3)
  • Cody Wallace ... Lakeland Community College (Illinois) (NJCAA)
  • Seth Gohring ... Dominican University (Chicago) (NCAA - D3)
  • Matt Schwaller ... Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH)  (NCAA - D3)
  • Nick Gwinn ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) (NCAA - D3)
  • James Brashaber ... DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) (NCAA - D3)
  • Brad McCaslin ... Otterbein University (Westerville, OH)  (NCAA - D3)
  • Spencer Black ... Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN) (NAIA)
  • Hunter Orme ... Trine University (Angola, IN)  (NCAA - D3)
  • Justin Dunham ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN)  (NCAA - D3)
  • Dalton Carter ... Earlham College (Richmond, IN)  (NCAA - D3)
  • Cameron Glaze ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) (NCAA - D3)
  • Jonathan Bowen .... University of Indianapolis (NCAA - D2)
  • Grant Spratt ... DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) (NCAA - D3)
  • Adam Rains ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) (NCAA - D3)
  • Jacob Troxell ... Franklin College (Franklin, IN) (NCAA - D3)
  • Que Stuart ... Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) (NCAA - D3)
  • Drew Phillips ... Marian University (NAIA)
  • Trey Douglas ... Northland College (Ashland, WI) (NCAA-D3)

2014 Class:

These players have verbally committed to the following schools already.  Congratulations to all of these players and we wish them the best of luck!!!

  • Harry Shipley ... (Cathedral) ... Purdue University 
  • Alex Boos ... (Cathedral) ... Yale University
  • Zak Kellogg ... (New Castle) ... IPFW  (NCAA - D1)
  • Eli Weartz ... (Center Grove) ... Lincoln Trails (NJCAA)
  • Grant Malott ... (New Castle) ... Western Kentucky (NCAA - D1) ... Fall player
  • Matt Kunce ... (Frankton) ... Vincennes University (NCJAA)
  • Grant Sellers ... (Hamilton Southeastern) ... DePauw University (NCAA - D3)
  • Austin Westerfeld ...(Batesville) ... DePauw University (NCAA - D3)
  • Jordan Hanson ... (Lowell) ... Tiffin University (NCAA - D2)
  • Austin Jones ... (Brownsburg) ... Anderson University (NCAA - D3)

 

There will be more signings or commitments soon and we'll keep you posted here.

 

 



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News Flash
Thursday, August 1
2014 Bandit HS Team Tryouts

The tryouts for the 2014 Indiana Bandits high school age teams, 15u, 16u, 17u and 18u teams will be as follows:

 

August 10th ... at 84 Sports

     *  15u and 16u ...  3:00 PM to 5:00 PM  (Registration starts at 2:30 PM)

     *  17u and 18u ...  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM  (Registration starts at 4:30 PM)

August 17th ... at 84 Sports

     *  15u and 16u ...  3:00 PM to 5:00 PM  (Registration starts at 2:30 PM)

     *  17u and 18u ...  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM  (Registration starts at 4:30 PM)

 The Bandits will field a team in each age group as well as a college level team again this year.  The 18u and college age team will participate in the Midwest Prospect League in Central Indiana.  The 18u team will also participate in 2 to 3 outside tournaments in and around Indiana.

 

For more information, please contact Bruce Fenimore at 765-561-0521 or blfjrf@frontier.com.

 

If you cannot make one of the tryout dates, contact Coach Fenimore to set up an individual tryout time.



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Thursday, July 11
Class of 2013 Bandit Update

The Indiana Bandit Class of 2013 players are busy getting ready for their final HS season of baseball.  Several of last year's 17u Bandits have already made commitments to colleges and several others are considering options.  We wanted to update you on what these young men are looking at now.

  • Confirmed Offers and accepted:
    • Cameron Gruell .... Marian University (Indianapolis) (NAIA)
    • Arin Welsh ... Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne, IN) (NAIA)
    • Austin Niehoff ... Hanover College (Hanover, IN) (NCAA - D3)
    • Cody Wallace ... Lakeland Community College (Illinois) (NJCAA)
    • Seth Gohring ... Dominican University (Chicago) (NCAA - D3)
    • Matt Schwaller ... Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH)  (NCAA - D3)
    • Nick Gwinn ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) (NCAA - D3)
    • James Brashaber ... DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) (NCAA - D3)
    • Brad McCaslin ... Otterbein University (Westerville, OH)  (NCAA - D3)
    • Spencer Black ... Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN) (NAIA)
    • Hunter Orme ... Trine University (Angola, IN)  (NCAA - D3)
    • Justin Dunham ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN)  (NCAA - D3)
    • Dalton Carter ... Earlham College (Richmond, IN)  (NCAA - D3)
    • Cameron Glaze ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) (NCAA - D3)
    • Jonathan Bowen .... University of Indianapolis (NCAA - D2)
    • Grant Spratt ... DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) (NCAA - D3)
    • Adam Rains ... Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) (NCAA - D3)
    • Jacob Troxell ... Franklin College (Franklin, IN) (NCAA - D3)
    • Que Stuart ... Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) (NCAA - D3)
    • Drew Phillips ... Marian University (NAIA)
    • Trey Douglas ... Northland College (Ashland, WI) (NCAA-D3)

     

  • Considering College Offers and pending acceptance:
       

We'll try to keep this list updated as more information becomes available.  The Bandits and Bandit Coaching Staff are extremely proud of all of our former players.  We'd like to wish each of them much success in the future with their career path.  Best of luck gentlemen!

 

 



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Wednesday, February 9
New Website

The Indiana Bandits Baseball and Softball Club has a new website!!!  The new site is under construction, but is quickly being finished.  In the interm, we will maintain both websites.  The new website is:

www.indianabandits.org

 Click on the link above and check out the new site!!!

 



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Thursday, November 3
Chestnut Moves on to Next School

Clint Chestnut (Pike Central HS), a 2009 Bandit 17u player for Coach Fenimore and current player at Vincennes University will be continuing his playing carreer at Indiana Wesleyan University (NAIA) in 2012-2013.  Congratulations to Clint and good luck to the Wildkats and Coach Newhard this coming season and future seasons.

Wednesday, July 20
Former Bandit College Commitments For 2011

The Bandits would like to congradulate the following former Bandit players and wish them good luck in their future endevors at the next level ...

  • Jared Ruxer (Lawrence Central) ... University of Louisville
  • Brady Thomas (New Palestine) ... University of Indianapolis
  • Logan Blair (Mt. Vernon - Fortville) ... Wright State University
  • Ty Simpson (Heritage Hills) ... Vincennes University
  • Spencer Sapp (Jasper) ... Indiana University
  • Levi Pollert (Columbus North) ... University of St. Francis
  • Steve Jurgens (Richmond) ... Earlham College
  • Garrett York (New Castle) ... Earlham College

All of these players have played either at least a year with the Bandits on either a summer or fall team for Coach Fenimore. 

Coach Fenimore's comments on each player:

Jared Ruxer - "I saw early on that Jared was an exceptional pitcher (age 13).  There was just something about his mound presense that set him apart from others.  Although he was only a Bandit for one year, we stayed in touch the past few years and he spot pitched for us on our fall teams.  He's an exceptional young man that comes from a good family, despite his dad being from Jasper,  and has really worked hard off the diamond to make himself a great pitcher.  I'm very proud of him and his accomplishments on and off the field.  He was drafted by Cleveland this spring and he'll have a tough choice to make on college or a pro career, but he's well suited for either in my opinion."

Brady Thomas - "Brady played for us 2 years at 16 and 17 and was playing "up" an age group.  A very solid defender and a tough out at the plate.  A quiet young man, but hard worker.  Very dependable and consistent player.  I was fortunate to have him on our teams, summer and fall.  He's another great young man from a good family and I know he'll have success at University of Indianapolis."

Logan Blair - "Logan played for the Bandits as a younger player and more recently with our past 2 fall teams.  A hardnosed player who can play multiple positions and swings with power to the opposite side.  Logan will be a preferred walk on at Wright State and work at the catching position.  Logan comes from a good family and is another exceptional young man that I'm glad to have been around."

Ty Simpson - "Ty came to us in the fall of 2009 and played for our fall team.  He struggled some at the plate, but dominated on the mound.  He played spottingly for us in the fall of 2010, pitching, catching and playing some 3B.  A great athlete coming from another good family.  Traveling 3 hours plus to play with us showed his dedication and determination to play at the next level.  I know he's struggled with what position to play in college, but rumors I've heard is that they're going to put him behind the plate.  Whatever position he ends up at, he'll do well.  He's worked hard these past 2 years defensively and offensively and improved in both areas.  Coach Barney has a great ball player coming to Vincennes this fall."

Spencer Sapp - "Spencer came along with Ty in the fall of 2009 to play for our fall team.  There are  few good things that come out of Jasper, Spencer is one of them.  Like all of the young men above, he comes from a exceptional family.  Spencer pitched Jasper to a 3A State Championship in 2010, but was unable to play in 2011 after having "Tommy John" surgery on his elbow.  Another great athlete that could play multiple positions, but found his calling pitching.  In speaking (rather texting) with Spencer this spring, he told me that Indiana University is honoring their scholarship commitment to play baseball even after hearing of the arm injury.  He'll come back better than every and will pitch well for the Hoosiers in 2012."

Levi Pollert - "Levi was one of our fall baseball team members in 2009.  A hardnosed middle infielder/outfielder, he played both well.  A good player with lots of upside as he enjoys playing the game.  He'll take that enthusiasm north to play at University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne this fall.  I know'll do well."

Steve Jurgens - "Steve played for the 17u 2009 Bandit team as a pitcher and did quite well.  He had a great outing at the Perfect Game WWBA tournament in Georgia that summer and several others.  He's a competitor on the hill and plays well in the outfield as well - we used him there a few times as well.  Steve is a great young man that comes from a good family.  He'll do an excellent job in his home town playing for Coach Sakosits and the Quakers at Earlham College."

Garrett York - "Garrett played for Coach Mills the past few years and also on our fall team last year.  He's an excellent young man with a great work ethic.  He excells in the classroom as well.  The New Castle lefty worked hard the past couple of off seasons to improve his pitching and it paid off.  He throws strikes.  Coach Sakosits got an outstanding young man and ball player in Garrett.  We're excited for him."

Good Luck to all of these young men in their colligiate careers both academically and athletically.



Wednesday, July 20
Fall Baseball for 2011 Update

The Indiana Bandits will again be putting together a fall baseball team for 2011.  Like in past years, we will be scheduling 30 games +/-.  Games will be played on Saturday and Sunday beginning the last weekend August and running through the second to third weekend in October.  The tentative schedule is as follows:   (updated 9-21-11)

  • August 27-28:  Hope College/Western Michigan and Grand Valley State University Weekend.
  • Sept. 4:  Manchester College DH ... 2 - 9 inning games (Motor City Pride and Summit City Sluggers) .... rained out.
  • Sept. 10-11:  Adrian College Showcase, Adrian, MI
  • Sept. 17:  Vincennes University 3-way (Vincennes University, Evansville Wolfpack and Bandits)
  • Sept. 18:  DH - 2 PM vs. Bandits 16u Team @ DePauw University
  • Sept. 24:  DH - Noon vs. IBA Storm @ Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Sept. 25:  Taylor University - DH vs. Summit City Sluggers @ 1 PM
  • Oct. 1-2:  Michigan State University Showcase
  • Oct. 8:  DH - 1 PM vs. IBA Storm @ Earlham College - McBride Stadium
  • Oct. 9:  Taylor University - DH vs. Michiana Scrappers @ 1 PM
  • Oct. 15-16:  Butler/U-Indy Showcase
  • Oct. 22-23:  TBD

All players will be required to swing wood bats for our fall team.  Most if not all of the showcases this fall will be wood bat events.

If you're interested in finding out more about our fall program, please contact Coach Fenimore at blfjrf@frontier.com or 765-561-0521.



Tuesday, November 30
2010 Bandits Class Update

The 2010 class of Indiana Bandits is gone, but not forgotten.  Several from our 2010 class have moved onto the next level and are continuing their education and playing careers in college.  Coach Fenimore has been in contact with them and is providing us with the following update:

  • Clint Chestnut (Pike Central HS) - Vincennes University ... Clint will be pitching and playing 1B and outfield for the Blazers this coming spring.  Clint had an outstanding fall season and Coach Barney is looking forward to using him alot this spring.
  • Pete Stuart (Brown County HS) - Vincennes University ... Pete will also be pitching for the Blazers next spring.  He's working himself back into pitching form this fall after having minor surgery.  Coach Barney likes what he sees out of Pete.
  • Andrew Tople (New Palestine HS) - Ohio Northern University ... Andrew is greatful for the opportunity to play in college as well as persue his education at ONU.  He'll be doing some relief pitching and playing the outfield for the Polar Bears and Coach Bergman.  As well as keeping the dugout loose during the game.
  • Chris Rea (Cambridge City Lincoln HS) - Indiana Univ. Southeast ... Chris will be working into the pitching rotation for Coach Reel and the Grenadiers.
  • Trey Thurston (Madison HS) - Franklin College ... Trey has completed his first college football season for the HCAC Champion Grizzlies and will be working hard to break into the outfield this coming spring for Coach Marshall.  Watch out for those Engineers though according to Coach Fenimore!
  • Jordan Hoeing (Rushville HS) - IPFW ... Jordan is getting bigger and stronger according to Coach Fenimore.  Lots of waffles with peanut butter ... (he's rooming with Caleb).  Jordan will be working into one of the middle infield positions for Coach Pierce and the Mastodons this coming spring.
  • Caleb Fenimore (Rushville HS) - IPFW ... Caleb, like Jordan, is getting bigger and stronger (but still can't whip his dad yet).  Caleb will be working into playing time behind the plate for the Mastodons and my even be a relief pitcher in lopsided games.

Good Luck to all of the 2010 class of Indiana Bandits.  We're proud of you and all you've acomplished.  Just remember, you never know who's watching ... we will be!