Indiana Bandits Baseball Club (9U-17U): Club News

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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Thursday, October 31
Player opens still available on 2014 Bandit HS Teams
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The Indiana Bandits have a few openings available for players on their high school age teams for 2014. Specifically on the following teams: 18u: The 18u Bandits team will compete in a local college league in 2014. Thus, less travel and more opportunities for the player to work. Typical schedule will be a single game during the week (Tuesday or Wednesday) and DH's on Saturday &/or Sunday. If you're a player going on to play in college and want to prepare yourself for college baseball, this is the team for you. 17u: The 17u Bandits will be traveling in and around Indiana (Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois) to "showcase" the players and show the player the different college opportunities there are out there for them. This team is in need of pitchers and an outfielder or two. Games will be played at college fields as much as possible. 16u: The 16u Bandits will be traveling similar to the 17u Bandits and preparing the players for their junior year in high school as well as working to improve the players skills and knowledge of the game. This team will be a prep team for the 2015 17u Bandits. Showcasing will be limited, but discussion on college choices will be on going. This team is in need of a catcher, pitchers and outfielders. 15u: The 15u Bandits will travel similar to the 16u Bandit team and compete in tournaments in and around Indiana. They will work on developing their playing skills as well as learning the basics of the mental side of the game. This team is in need of players that can play both a position and pitch. Through the winter, these teams will practice together on Sunday afternoons beginning December 1st. Practices will be 3 hours in length and focus on the fundamentals of the game. Each team will strive to play the following number of games: 18u - 35 to 40; 17u - 40 to 50; 16u - 40 to 45; 15u - 40 to 45. If any of these teams sparks your interest, please contact Bruce Fenimore at 765-561-0521 or via email at blfjrf@frontier.com.

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Tuesday, August 20
Bandit Fall Baseball Showcases

The Indiana Bandits Fall HS team will be hosting a few showcase events in and around Central Indiana this fall.  If teams are interested, please contact Coach Fenimore at 765-561-0521 or via email at blfjrf@frontier.com

 

These dates are as follows:

  • Sept. 7th and 8th:
    • McBride Stadium Showcase - Richmond, IN  (4 game minimum) - 4 teams maximum
      • Motor City Pride
      • USTOC Elite
      • Indiana Bandits
    • Cost:  $550.00
  • Sept. 21st and 22nd:
    • 21st - Trine University - Angola, IN  (2 game minimum) - 3 teams maximum
      • Cage Rats
      • Indiana Bandits
      • Hammond Hurricanes
    • Cost:  $250.00
    • 22nd - Anderson University - Anderson, IN  (2 game minimum) - 3 teams maximum
      • Cage Rats
      • Indiana Bandits
      • Hammond Hurricanes
    • Cost:  $250.00
  • Sept. 28th and 29th:
    • 28th - Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion, IN  (2 game minimum) - 3 teams maximum
      • Cage Rats
      • Indiana Bandits
    • Cost:  $250.00
    • 29th - Anderson University - Anderson, IN  (2 game minimum) - 3 teams maximum
      • Cage Rats
      • Indiana Bandits
    • Cost:  $250.00
  • Oct. 12th and 13th:
    • Wabash College and DePauw University Showcase
      • Cost:  $550.00
      • 4 game minimum
      • Teams:
        • USTOC Elite
        • Indiana Bandits
        • Indiana Eagles

 

Interested teams should contact Coach Fenimore as soon as possible.  Space is limited.



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Monday, August 5
Bandits Fall Baseball Schedule Announced - Openings for Players available
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The Indiana Bandits will again field a fall baseball team for high school age players.  This team will compete in and around Indiana on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  The schedule is being put together now ... the current schedule is as follows:

  • August 31st:  Northwoods University (NCAA - D2) - Midland, MI  (2)
  • Sept. 1st:  Alma College (NCAA - D3) - Alma, MI  (2)
  • Sept. 7th:  Bandit Fall Invitational - Richmond, IN  (McBride Stadium) )2)
  • Sept. 8th:  Bandit Fall Invitational - Richmond, IN  (McBride Stadium) (2)
  • Sept. 14th:  DH vs. Summit City Sluggers
  • Sept. 15th:  DH @ Hammond Stars
  • Sept. 21st:  DH vs. Hammond Stars - Indianapolis Area
  • Sept. 22nd:  DH vs. Hammond Stars - Indianapolis Area
  • Sept. 28 & 29:  U Indy Showcase (4)
  • Oct. 5th:  DH vs. Vincennes University
  • Oct. 6th:  DH vs. Indiana Chargers @ Taylor University
  • Oct. 12 & 13:  Wabash College/DePauw University Showcase (4)

In all, 28 games ...  Player fees are $450 for new bandit players and $400 for returning bandit players.

 If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Coach Bruce Fenimore at either 765-561-0521 or via email at blfjrf@frontier.com.

 

 



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IPFW
Wednesday, November 28
IPFW to Host Camp at 84-Sports

For the second year, the IPFW coaching staff will be hosting a Skills Camp and High School Showcase camp at the Bandit's new workout facility, 84-Sports.  Additionally, the coaching staff will be hosting a Coaches Clinic On Saturday.  This is free to coaches.   Information is as follows:

Two-day camp for players - and coaches!

Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne SKILLS CAMP

www.perfectpitchbaseballcamps.com

Saturday, January 19th: 

  • Times: 
    • Pitching & Catching Camp (Ages 8 - 13) ... 2 PM to 4 PM
    • Hitting & Infield/Outfield Camp (Ages 8 - 13) ... 5 PM to 7 PM
    • Coaches Clinic ... 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
  • Costs:
    • Pitching & Catching Camp ONLY ... $30.00
    • Hitting & Infield/Outfield Camp ONLY ... $30.00
    • Attending Both Camps ... $50.00 .....................Saving of $10.00
    • Coaches Clinic ... FREE 

Sunday, January 20th:

  • Times:
    • Pitching & Catching Camp (Ages 14 - 18) ... 10 AM to 1 PM
    • Hitting & Infield/Outfield Camp (Ages 14 - 18) ... 2 PM to 5 PM
  • Costs:
    • Pitching & Catching Camp ONLY ... $100.00
    • Hitting & Infield/Outfield Camp ONLY ... $100.00
    • Attending Both Camps ... $150.00 ................... Savings of $50.00

Location:

  • 84 Sports Facility
  • Address:  2033 W. US Hwy 40, Greenfield IN  46140
  • West of Greenfield at the intersection of CR 200 West and US 40.  (Stop light at the intersection)

To register, please visit the camp website at www.perfectpitchbaseballcamps.com.  Site has easy, secure, online registration.

REGISTRAION DEADLINE:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013 !!!!!!!

CAMP DETAILS

Pitching & Catching Camp

Working with Division 1 Pitching Coach Grant Birely, the Pitching Camp will provide players with the same advanced skills that are used by IPFW. The camp will provide a plan to increase arm strength, command of all pitches, increase velocity and we will focus on injury prevention. We will also spend time on the mental side of the game. Catchers will work with Division 1 catching coach, Alex Rinearson, on receiving, throwing, blocking and the mental side of catching, including pitch calling.

Hitting & Infield/Outfield Camp

Working with Division 1 hitting coach, Alex Rinearson, the hitting camp will provide players with the same advanced skills that are used by IPFW. The camp will focus on the mechanics of hitting and improving consistent contact with the baseball. We will also talk about the mental side of hitting. The Infield/Outfield camp will focus on proper fundamentals using hands on drills to teach skills used by IPFW.

Camp Check-in

Check-in for camp will begin 30 minutes prior to start time to verify registration and waiver information. Due to NCAA rules, all participants must have payment and registration materials verified before the start of camp

Cancellation Policy

Due to the limited space in the camp, we do not offer refunds

Contact Information For any questions please contact Grant Birely, IPFW Pitching Coach, by e-mail at birelyg@ipfw.edu or by phone at 260.705.3399

Open to any and all entrants

IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University



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Monday, July 30
Fall Baseball Teams

The Indiana Bandits will again be sponsoring one or more fall baseball HS age teams.  Last year teams played in 26 games only on the weekends and traveled to college campuses to play.  Some of the colleges include:  Indiana Wesleyan University, DePauw University, Taylor University, Earlham College, Hope College (MI), Adrian College (MI), Grand Valley State (MI), Western Michigan (MI), Vincennes University, and others.

The 2012 fall season will begin in late August and continue through the middle of October.  Games will be played only on Saturdays and Sundays.

UPDATED INFORMATION!!!!!

Bandits Fall Baseball Schedule to date:

  • August 25th:  2012 Olivet Comet Invitational (MI) ... 2 games
  • August 26th:  2012 GVSU Laker Invitational (MI) ... 2 games
  • Sept. 1st:  Games in Indiana (Indiana Wesleyan University) ... 2 games
  • Sept. 2nd:  Games in Indiana (TBD) ... 2 games
  • Sept. 8th & 9th:  Adrian College Showcase (MI) ... 4 games
  • Sept. 15th:  Games in Indiana ... 2 games
  • Sept. 16th:  Games in Indiana ... 2 games 
  • Sept. 22nd & 23rd:  Showcase in Xenia, OH ... Athletes in Action ... 4 games
  • Sept. 29th:  Games in Indiana (TBD) ... 2 games
  • Sept. 30th:  Games at Taylor University ... 2 games
  • Oct. 6th & 7th:  Michigan State University Showcase ... 4 games
  • or Oct. 6th:  Games in Indiana (TBD) ... 2 games and Oct. 7th:  Games at Taylor Univ. (2 games)
  • Oct. 13th & 14th:  Butler/U-Indy Showcase ... 3 games
  • Oct. 20th & 21st:  TBD

Interested players should attend one of the 2013 Indiana Bandits Tryout dates ... Aug. 11th or 18th from 11 AM to 3 PM.  You are not obligated to commit to a Bandit team for 2013 if you are interested in playing Fall Baseball only.

Cost per player is $400.00 for the fall season of 31+/- games.

For more information or to request a position on a team, contact Coach Fenimore at blfjrf@frontier.com or 765-561-0521.



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Wednesday, May 2
Spots Open on Teams

The Indiana Bandits still have a few openings on teams for this coming summer season.  High School players interested in continuing their playing season and looking at instruction as well as exposure to colleges, should contact Coach Bruce Fenimore at either of the following:  Cell - 765-561-0521 or email:  blfjrf@frontier.com.  There are a few openings on both the 16u and 17u team.



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Sunday, June 10
2012 Tournament Update - Who's Coming!!!

( The following is a listing of teams registered or interested in the 2012 tournaments at Bandit Yard:

  • #1 - Spring Classic (April 19-22)
    • 9u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Roberts) - Tournament Champions
      • Indiana Bandits (Flake)
      • Mason Redsox (OH)
      • Plainfield Havoc
      • Indiana Irish Gold - Runner Ups
      • Cincinnati Crusaders
    • 10u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Wise)
      • Indiana Cyclones
      • Indiana Prospects - Runner Ups
      • Indiana Hurricanes-Orange - Tournament Champions
      • Lebanon Thunder
      • New Pal Dragons
  • #2 - Early Bird Wood Bat (April 26-29)
       
    • 12u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Achor)
      • Indiana Bandits (Thompson)
      • IBA Storm
      • Indiana Venom
      • Samurai Baseball Club (KY)
      • Trinity Stonecutters
      • Travelers Baseball
      • Indiana Prospects
      • Indiana White Sox
      • Russiaville Rams 12u - Runner Ups
      • Indiana Dawgs
      • Russiaville Rams 11u
      • Magic City Orioles - Tournament Champions
  • #3 - Mother's Day Classic (May 10-13)
    • 9u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Roberts)
      • Indiana Bandits (Flake)
      • Indiana Mustangs - Tournament Champions
      • New Pal Dragons
      • HSE Cats - Runner Ups
    • 10u: Cancelled ... 10u teams will play a round robin on Saturday
      • Indiana Bandits (Wise)
      • Lafayette Lightning
      • Trinity Titans
  • #4 - Swing Into Spring (May 17-20)
    • 11u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Garrett)
      • Indiana Mustangs - Tournament Runner-Up
      • Lafayette Lightning
      • Central Indiana Storm
      • IBA Storm
      • Knights Baseball
      • Indiana Prospects Gold
      • Terre Haute Havoc
      • Indy Spartans
      • NBC - Orange
      • NBC - Green
      • Indiana Bulls - White  - Tournament Champions
      • Russiaville Rams
      • Indiana Prospects - Blue
      • Indy Hornets
    • 12u
      • Indiana Bandits (Achor) - Tournament Runner-Up
      • Indiana Bandits (Thompson)
      • Central Indiana Storm
      • Terre Haute Havoc - Tournament Champions
      • Indiana White Sox
      • US Athletic Nationals
      • Wayne Co. Yard Dogs
      • Columbus Blazers
  • #5 - Blowout at the Yard (May 31 - June 3)
    • 9u:   (8 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Roberts)  - Runner Up
      • Indiana Bandits (Flake)
      • Indiana Black Sox
      • Cincinnati Stix  - Tournament Champions!!!!!
    • 13u:   Tournament is FULL  (as of May 22, 2012)
      • Indiana Bandits (Christopher)
      • Indiana Sox
      • Indiana Bulls  - Tournament Champions!!!!
      • Indiana Elite  - Runner Up
      • Hendricks County Bombers
      • Indiana Irish Blue
      • Franklin Co. Wildcats
      • Indiana Outlaws
      • Monroe Swarm (OH)
      • South Central Bombers
  • #6 - 4th Annual Jerry Lovell Memorial (June 7-10)
    • 8u:   Tournament is FULL
      • Indiana Bandits (Martin)
      • Terre Haute Havoc
      • Indiana Bulls
      • Franklin Grizzly Cubs
      • Indiana Mustangs
      • Carmel Pups
      • Oaklandon Bombers
      • Indiana Prospects
    • 12u:   (2 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Achor)
      • Indiana Bandits (Thompson)
      • Trinity Stonecutters
      • Indiana Bulls
      • Diamond Elite (OH)
      • Indiana Venom
      • Terre Haute Havoc
      • Indiana White Sox
      • A-Town Sluggers
      • Panthers Baseball
    • 14u:   (5 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Gibson) - Runner Up
      • New Palestine Dragons
      • Pony Express - Tournament Champion!!!!
      • US Athletic American
      • Noblesville Millers
      • Skiles Test Cobras
  • #7 - June Jamboree (June 14-17)
    • 9u: (6 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Roberts)
      • Indiana Bandits (Flake)
      • HYBO Raiders
      • Avon Attack
    • 10u: (3 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Wise)
      • Cincinnati Red Stockings - **
      • Grove City Vipers - Red
      • Zionsville Eagles
      • Indiana Longhorns
      • Indy Gators
    • 13u: (4 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Christopher)
      • Flash Baseball - Blue (OH)
      • Eastside Sluggers (OH)
      • Indiana Outlaws
      • Indiana Magic
      • Indy Golden Eagles
  • #8 - Bandits Brawl (June 21-24)
    • 12u: (8 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Achor)
      • Indiana Bandits (Thompson)
      • IBA Storm
      • Triple Crown Express (OH)
      • Oswego Panthers (IL)
      • LA Gamers
      • Indiana Elite
      • Indiana Venom
      • Indiana White Sox
      • Indiana Blazers
      • Indiana Jaguars
      • Indiana Nitro
      • Whiteland Warriors
      • HSE Royals **
  • #9 - Summer Showdown (June 28-July 1)
    • 8u:   (5 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Martin)
      • Indiana Irish
      • Indiana Black Sox
    • 11u: (6 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Garrett)
      • Michiana Scrapers
      • Indiana Blazers
      • Monroe Swarm (OH)
      • Indy Stix
  • #10 - Firecracker Classic (July 3 & 4)
    • Invitation Only ... ages 8u - 14u
    • 8u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Martin)
      • Indiana Bulls
    • 9u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Roberts)
      • Indiana Bandits (Flake)
    • 11u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Garrett)
    • 12u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Achor)
      • Indiana Bandits (Thompson)
      • Indiana Stonecutters
      • HSE Royals
    • 13u:
      • Indiana Bandits (Christopher)
    • 14u:
      • Indiana Bandits (H.Gibson)
  • #11 - Stars & Stripes Wood Bat Celebration (July 5-8)
    • 8u:   (7 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Martin)
    • 10u:   (7 spots remaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Wise)
    • 14u: (4 spots ramaining)
      • Indiana Bandits (Gibson)
      • JB Yeagar Baseball (OH)
      • Indiana I.C.E.
      • Whitko Wildcats
      • Panther Baseball (Indianapolis)
      • Hauber Hornets (OH)
  • #12 - SANDLOTT 13u World Championships (July 12-15)
    • Indiana Bandits (Christopher)
    • Indiana Sox
    • Ohio Force
    • Cincinnati Bulldogs
    • Midland Tribe
    • US Athletic Red
    • Cincy Sharks
    • South Central Bombers
    • Dayton Dodgers
    • Kentucky Reign
  • #13 - Summer Slam (July 12-15)
    • 9u: (5 spots open)
      • Indiana Bandits (Roberts)
      • Indiana Bandits (Flake)
      • Indiana Irish Gold
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    • 12u: (5 spots open)
      • Indiana Bandits (Achor)
      • Indiana Bandits (Thompson)
      • Indiana Longhorns
      • Indiana White Sox
      • Indiana Trojans
      • Blue Wave
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For further information on tournaments, please contact tournament coordinator Bruce Fenimore at either 765-561-0521 or email:  blfjrf@frontier.com

Updates will be posted as soon as possible.

Tournament registration will close 10 days prior to the tournament start date.  Schedules will be emailed to coaches the Sunday or Monday prior to the tournament or sooner if possible.

Additional updates and entry forms are available on our other website at www.indianabandits.org.



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Thursday, January 12
2012 Bandit Yard Tournaments Posted
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The 2012 Bandit Yard Tournaments are now posted and we are accepting registration for all age groups listed.  A flyer is attached for your use as well.  We are looking forward to warmer weather and being able to provide a quality baseball experience for our guests. 

The tournament dates are as follows:

  • April 20 - 22:  Spring Classic ......................................... 9u & 10u
  • April 27 - 29:  Early Bird Wood Bat ............................ 11u & 12u
  • May 11 - 13:  Mother's Day Classic ................................ 9u & 10u
  • May 18 - 20:  Swing Into Spring .................................... 11u & 12u
  • June 1 - 3:  Blowout at the Yard ..................................... 9u & 13u
  • June 8 - 10:  4th Annual Jerry Lovell Memorial ......... 8u, 12u & 14u
  • June 14 - 17:  June Jamboree .......................................... 9u, 10u & 13u
  • June 21 - 24:  Bandits Brawl ............................................ 12u
  • June 28 - July 1:  Summer Showdown ............................ 8u & 11u
  • July 3 & 4:  Firecracker Classic (Invite Only) ............ 8u - 14u
  • July 5 - 8:  Stars & Stripes Wood Bat Celebration ... 8u, 10u & 14u
  • July 12 - 15:  SANDLOTT 13u Wood Bat World Series (For more information, contact Micky Hiter at mhiter@bellsouth.net.)
  • July 12 - 15:  Summer Slam .............................................. 9u & 12u
  • Sept. 22 - 23:  Fall Wood Bat Classic ........................... 10u & 13u
  • Oct. 6 - 7:  Fall Wood Bat Round-Up ............................ 16u & 17u
  • Oct. 20 - 21:  Harvest Moon Showdown ........................ 12u & 14u

Please direct all questions prior to the tournaments to our tournament coordinator, Bruce Fenimore at one of the following:  email:  blfjrf@frontier.com or cell:  765-561-0521.

This season marks our 14th season hosting tournaments at our facility in Greenfield, IN.  We hope to see you all there this summer!



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Handout: 2012 Bandit Yard Tournament Flyer

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Friday, November 18
IPFW to host camp at Bandit Yard

IPFW (Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne) will be hosting a skills camp at Bandit Yard this coming winter.  This camp is open to all players interseted in improving their game and learning from Division 1 coaches.  Coach Grant Birely and Coach Alex Rinearson will be conducting the camp.  The camp will focus on pitching, catching and hitting.  Details are as follows:

Saturday, January 21, 2012:  Ages 8 - 13 ...

  • 10 AM - 1 PM:  Pitching and Catching Camp
  • 2 PM - 5 PM:  Hitting Camp

Sunday, January 22, 2012:  Ages 14 - 18 ...

  • 10 AM - 1 PM:  Pitching and Catching Camp
  • 2 PM - 5 PM:  Hitting Camp

Costs are as follows:

  • One Session ... Bandit member = $ 75.00 ... Non-Member = $90.00
  • Both Sessions ... Bandit member = $ 100.00 ... Non-Member = $130.00

Registration dead line is January 28, 2012.  For more information, you can contact Coach Birely at birelyg@ipfw.edu or 260-705-3399.  Or for information about the Bandits, contact Coach Fenimore at blfjrf@frontier.com or 765-561-0521.

Camp registration form is attached.


Handout: IPFW Skills Camp 2012

Thursday, November 3
Bandits Conclude Fall Season

The Indiana Bandits Fall HS aged team concluded their fall season on October 16th in Indianapolis.  The season saw the Bandits play 24 out of 31 games scheduled for the fall ... 3 rainouts and 4 cancelled (by other teams).  The season was a success according to the coaches as they were able to get the players exposed to colleges and college coaches as well as see good competition.  This team traveled quite a bit, but were able to play on the following college fields:

  • Hope College (NCAA, D3), Holland, MI
  • Western Michigan University (NCAA, D1), Kalamazoo, MI
  • Grand Valley State University (NCAA, D2), Allendale, MI
  • Adrian College (NCAA, D3), Adrian, MI
  • Vincennes University (NJCAA), Vincennes, IN
  • DePauw University (NCAA, D3), Greencastle, IN
  • Indiana Wesleyan University (NAIA), Marion, IN
  • Michigan State University (NCAA, D1), East Lansing, MI
  • Earlham College (NCAA, D3), Richmond, IN
  • Taylor University (NAIA), Upland, IN
  • University of Indianapolis (NCAA, D2), Indianapolis, IN

Games that were cancelled due to rain or by other team were to be played at Manchester College (NCAA, D3), North Manchester, IN and Anderson University (NCAA, D3), Anderson, IN.

In all, the players from the fall team were able to play all but 7 games on college fields in front of college coaches.  There were several college coaches who were in attendance at all of the games.

When asked about the season, Coach Fenimore commented, "We were able to accomplish our number one team goal - to get on college fields, play good competition, and compete.  From a coaches standpoint we were able to evaluate players and the team as a whole and have a game plan going into winter workouts as to what we need to improve upon as individuals and as a team."  "We had a good mix of players this fall.  We carried 21 players on the roster with on average 14 to 16 players being available each weekend."  " The fall season is difficult to make every weekend for a player.  There are a lot of high school events that one must go to, SAT and ACT tests to take, fall college camps and of course injuries."  We were very pleased with what we saw out of all these young men and see a lot of potential in them."  "They're all great young men from good families."  "We made new contacts with college coaches and strengthened existing ones."  "We played hard, had fun, and made lasting memories and friendships."  "I hope that we were able to pass along the coaches passion for the game and playing it the right way to the kids."  "Lastly, I'd like to thank my assistant coaches and parents for their support and help this fall.  You're all great people."

Thanks again to the fall team parents and players.  You represented the Bandits very well and made a good impression on several people at the college level.

The 2012 fall season information will be coming out sometime in July of 2012.  If you're interested in participating in our fall program, please contact Coach Fenimore via email at blfjrf@frontier.com.



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.



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Monday, September 27
Bandits 2011 Tryout Information

The Indiana Bandits and Lady Bandits have completed their tryouts for their 2011 teams.  There are still openings on some teams (See teams below).  If you are interested in learning more about a Bandits team and an opening on that team, please contact the age appropriate coach listed below.  Players who have tried out will be contacted before Sept. 1st.

BASEBALL:

  • 9u:  Contact:  Brian Johnson, 317-989-8399  (2 openings available)
  • 10u:  Contact: Scott Brown, 317-512-1900
  • 11u:  Mark Horsley, 317-281-4690
  • 11u:  Mike Gibson, 317-339-6805
  • 12u:  Dwayne Hutchinson, 317-523-6327
  • 13u:  Dan Turner, 317-326-3266
  • 14u:  Matt Wiseman, 317-727-1740
  • 15u:  Mark Boos, 317-431-8301
  • 15u:  Mike Gibson, 317-339-6805
  • 16u/17u:  Bruce Fenimore, 765-561-0521  (4 openings available) - 17 man roster
  • 17u:   Jay Mills, 317-590-4397 (2 openings available) - 17 man roster
  • 18u:  For Information, contact - Bruce Fenimore, 765-561-0521 (Head coach TBD)

Softball:   (Contact:  David Graddy, 317-506-6188)

If you should have any questions, please contact Bruce Fenimore at blfjrf@verizon.net or 765-561-0521.  He will direct you to the proper coach.  Questions regarding the 17u and 17-18u team may be directed to Coach Fenimore as well.



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Tuesday, October 26
2010 Fall Baseball Schedule Update:

The Bandits Baseball Club will be forming a Fall 18u Baseball team for 2010.  Here's an update on the schedule for the fall team:

  • August 28 - 29:  Tournament - Western Kentucky University
    • Sat. 28th:
      • 2:20 PM (EST) vs. Kentucky Cobras at WKU - Nick Denes Field  (lost, 0-8)
      • 4:30 PM (EST) vs. Louisville Baseball Club at WKU (Lost, 0-9)
    • Sun. 29th:
      • 9:30 AM (EST) vs. Kentucky Bearcats at WKU (Lost, 2-10)
      • 1:50 PM (EST) vs. Indiana Yankees at WKU (Won, 8-7)
  • Sept. 4 - 6:  Tournament - Adrian College (Michigan)
    • Sat. 4th:
      • 3:45 (EST) vs. A. Green Baseball at Lewanee High School (Lost, 7 - 12)
      • 7:00 PM (EST) vs. Elkhart Titans at Adrian College (Won, 12 - 3)
    • Sun. 5th:
      • 9:00 AM (EST) vs. Michigan Dodgers at Adrian College (Lost, 3 - 8)
      • 12:00 PM (EST) vs. 131's (Traverse City) at Adrian College (Won, 8 - 2)
  • Sept. 11 - 12:  Tournament - Indiana State University
    • Sat. 11th:
      • 11:15 AM (EST) vs. US Athletic at Indiana State University (Won, 9 - 2)
      • 3:45 PM (EST) vs. Indiana Irish Gold at Indiana State University (Lost, 4-6)
    • Sun. 12th:
      • 11:15 AM (EST) vs. Michigan Elite at Indiana State University (Lost 0 - 12)
      • 6:00 PM (EST) vs. Indiana Yankees at Indiana State University (Lost, 1 - 9)
  • Sept. 18th:  DH vs. Vincennes University @ Vincennes - Scrimmage - 1:00 PM (EST)
  • Sept. 19th:  Open
  • Sept. 25:  Indiana Wesleyan University
    • Noon (EST) vs. Indiana Wesleyan University (Lost, 2 - 1)
    • 2:00 PM (EST) vs. Northern Indiana Chargers (Lost, 7 - 6)
    • 4:00 PM (EST) vs. FW Cubs (Lost 9 - 0)
  • Sept. 26:  DH vs. FW Cubs @ St. Francis University- Fort Wayne - Noon (EST) (Lost 18-0 and 4 - 0)
  • Oct. 2 - 3:  Tournament - Fort Wayne Tin Caps
    • Saturday, 2nd:
      • 10:15 AM (EST) vs. Cangelosi (Lost 6-0)
      • 12:30 PM (EST) vs. Michiana Scrappers 18u (Lost 4-0)
    • Sunday, 3rd:
      • 8:00 AM (EST) vs. Northern Indiana Chargers - Game cancelled by Pastime Tournaments
      • 12:30 PM (EST) vs. Cangelosi (Lost 7 - 6)
  • Oct. 9 - 10:  Tournament - University of Evansville
    • Saturday, 9th:
      •  10:30 AM (CST) vs. Evansville Wolfpack (Lost 8 - 0)
      • 12:45 PM (CST) vs. GRB Rays (Lost 8 - 0)
    • Sunday, 10th:
      • 9:30 AM (CST) vs. Evansville Wolfpack (Lost 4 - 5)
      • 12:45 PM (CST) vs. GRB Rays (Lost 11 - 1)
  • Oct. 16 - 17:  Tournament - Butler Univ./Univ. of Indianapolis
    • Saturday, 16th:
      • 11:15 AM (EST) vs. Cangelosi (Lost 2 - 0)
      • 3:15 PM (EST) vs. Wiers Baseball (Lost 4 - 5)
    • Sunday, 17th:
      • 10:45 AM (EST) vs. Indy Thunder (Lost 5 - 1)
  • Oct. 23:  DH, Nashville, TN (Cancelled)
  • Oct. 24:  DH, Nashville, TN (Cancelled)

The season will consist of 30 to 32 games.  A flyer is attached for your use and contains further information for prospective players.  If you are interested in finding out the 2010 Bandits Fall team, contact Bruce Fenimore at 765-561-0521 or via email at blfjrf@verizon.net

 



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Handout: 2010 Bandits Fall Baseball

Tuesday, July 13
Bandits Show Well in North/South Series

Two Bandits from the 17u 2009 Team competed in the annual IHSBCA North/South All-Star Series in Richmond, IN on July 9th and 10th.  Chris Rea (Cambridge City Lincoln/IUSE) and Caleb Fenimore (Rushville/IPFW) helped the South squad win the series 2 games to 1.  Coach Fenimore commented that both players represented themselves, their families, high schools and the Club very well.  Chris pitched Saturday in the wood bat game and threw 3 strong innings against some very tough hitters.  Caleb DH'ed the first game on Friday night, caught the last 2 innings of the second game Friday and caught the first 6 innings on Saturday.  Offensively, he went 5 for 9 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI's and a stolen base and just missed hitting a game tieing homerun in game 2 Friday night.  Defensively, he had one wild pitch get by him and threw out the only runner that tried to steal a base on him.  He also made an outstanding play backing up an errant throw to the first baseman that saved advancing the baserunner in game 3.

Congratulations to both players for representing the Bandits at this event and we look forward to more Bandits participating down the road!



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Tuesday, July 13
Another Bandit Commits

Andrew Tople, New Palestine HS, has committed to play baseball at Ohio Northern University next year.  Andrew makes the 8th player from the 2009 17u Bandits to go to play baseball in college.  Andrew had a excellent spring season for New Palestine and helped them achieve a No. 1 ranking in Class 3 A.  New Palestine eventually lost to Jasper in the 3A Semi-State.

Andrew was a 6 year Bandit player, joining the Club after moving to Central Indiana from Michigan.  Coach Fenimore commented, " Andrew is an exceptional outfielder.  There are not many balls that he cannot get to."  " His offensive skills match his defensive ability as well.  He's a gap type hitter and runs the bases exceptionally well."  "He has a strong and acurrate arm that he uses well from any outfield spot."  "He's even used his arm strength on the mound for us and his HS team and shown his 'sick deuce' to opposing batters, buckling their knees in the process."  "I'm excited for Andrew and this opportunity for him.  He deserves this opportunity and I couldn't be more proud of the young man and his accomplishments."  "He comes from a good family, despite his father's influence (just kidding Coach Tople) and is a tribute as to what this Club is all about."

Andrew will study engineering at Ohio Northern University.  Ohio Northern is located in Ada, OH ... East of Lima, OH about 20 miles.  Andrew will be playing for another one of Coach Fenimore's former players as well.  ONU's head coach, Justin Bergman, was a player for Rushville's American Legion Post 150 Baseball team in which Coach Fenimore was the head assistant coach.

 



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Tuesday, July 6
IHSBCA North/South All-Stars Selected

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) has posted their selections and participants in the annual North/South All-Star Classic.  Two Bandits from the 2009 17u team have been selected to participate this year.  Chris Rea (Cambridge City Lincoln - IUSE) and Caleb Fenimore (Rushville - IPFW) were selected to the South team for this weekend's event.  Chris had an outstanding season in leading the Eagles this spring and will be pitching in the classic.  Caleb lead Rushville in offense and on the mound for the Lions and will be one of the catchers for the South team.  Trey Thurston (Madison Community - Franklin College) will serve as a first alternate for the South team.

This weekend's events will be held in Richmond, IN at McBride Stadium and hosted by Earlham College.  The classic will kick off on Thursday with a banquet at 7 PM.  The series will get down to business on Friday as the North and South will square off in a double header starting at 5 PM.  The series will conclude on Saturday with a single game starting at Noon.  All games will be 9 innings and fans are invited to attend.  If you haven't been to McBride Stadium, it is worth the trip.  McBride is a former minor league ball park housing a single A farm team of the Cincinnati Reds and is really one of the great old ball parks in the Midwest.

The Bandits would like to congratulate all 3 young men for their accomplishments!



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Tuesday, July 6
Academic All-State Players
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Two of the 2009 Indiana Bandits 17u team have been selected to the 2010 Academic All-State Team.  Jacob Howenstein (Zionsville) and Caleb Fenimore (Rushville) were selected to this year's team.  Jacob will be attending St. Louis University to study Biomedical Engineering and Caleb will be attending IPFW to study Chemistry as a Pre-Med Major.

Congratulations to both young men and Good Luck in College!



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(L to R) Trey Thurston, Clint Chestnut, Caleb Fenimore, Chris Rea
Thursday, July 1
Bandits Compete in Mr. Baseball Classic

On Tuesday, June 29th, Hoosier Diamond held the Mr. Baseball Classic in Noblesville.  The 2009 17u Indiana Bandits team was well represented in this showcase/all-star game for graduating seniors.  Representing their high schools and the Bandits were, Chris Rea (Cambridge City Lincoln), Clint Chestnut (Pike Central), Caleb Fenimore (Rushville Consolidated) and Trey Thurston (Madison Community).  Players participating in this all-star game are nominated by their high school coach and selected by the Hoosier Diamond staff.  Each of the players participating will be attending a post secondary school to play baseball.  A couple had been drafted in the June MLB draft.

The players were divided into 2 teams consisting of 18 to 20 players each; a Red and Blue team.  Chris Rea played on the Blue team as a first baseman and pitcher.  Clint Chestnut, Caleb Fenimore and Trey Thurston played for the Red team.  Bragging rights went to the Red team as they defeated the Blue team 6 to 3 in the 9 inning game.

Chris Rea pitched 3 solid innings for the Blue team.  Clint Chestnut started the game for the Red team and pitched 2 innings of scoreless baseball.  Caleb Fenimore also pitched 2 innings of scoreless baseball for the Red team.  Chestnut and Fenimore each added a single to the Red team attack.

The "play of the game" was turned in by the Red team's Bandit connection.  With two outs in the bottom of the 5th and a runner on second, the Blue team's batter hit a line shot in the left-center gap.  Trey Thurston got to the ball, fielded it on one hop, threw a strike to cut off man Clint Chestnut who relayed another strike to the catcher, Caleb Fenimore for an easy put out of the runner trying to score. 

The Red team added 3 runs in subsequent innings and held the Blue team offense in check to garner the 6 to 3 win.

2009 Bandit 17u coaches Bruce Fenimore and Dave Chestnut were in the stands at the game.  "We were very excited to see players from last summer's team participate in this event.  It's a tribute to them and their hard work in the summer and in high school" commented Fenimore.  Coach Chestnut added "Our (Bandit) pitchers threw well today.  There were exceptional hitters on both teams and it would be a difficult task for any pitcher to face these line ups."  Between stories, they both commented that the relay throw and play at the plate had to be the highlight of the day.  "What an exceptional play by Trey to get to the ball, throw a frozen rope to Clint and then Clint brush the hair out of his eyes and throw another frozen rope to Caleb to nail the runner by 10 to 15 feet" added Coach Fenimore.

Two other former Bandits participated in this event as well.  Brandon Ramsey (Centerville) and Jeffery Ryan (Eastern Hancock) played for the Blue and Red team respectively.

In all, it was a nice event for the players and a fitting way to honor the 2010 Seniors.

Congratulations to all the players and good luck in the future!



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Monday, March 22
Contact Information Reguarding Tournaments
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If you have questions reguarding upcoming Bandit Yard Tournaments for 2010, please contact Mr. Mark Boos, Tournament Director at 317-431-8301.

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Monday, May 24
Two More Bandits Commit
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Two more Bandits from the 2009 17u Team have committed to play in college after graduation.  Brownsburg's Cory Sears and Brown County's Pete Stewart will be playing at Danville Area Community College and Vincennes University respectively.

Coach Fenimore commented on both players:  "Cory is an outstanding utility player.  He plays all positions well and plays them with a passion that one cannot teach.  We'd been after Cory to be a Bandit for several years ... I liked him the moment I saw him play.  He has exceptional arm strength, quickness and a solid bat.  We were fortunate to have him last summer and he fit in well for us.  I'm positive he'll do well at Danville."  "Pete is another player that demonstrates a desire to succeed.  He's a exceptionally smart pitcher.  Not overpowering, yet, but he uses his change up very well and hits his spots.  Though he was only with us a short time last summer, he performed well and we were very impressed with his skills and potential at the next level."  "We've very proud of these two young men and wish them the best next year."

Cory will be joing two Bandits from the 2008 17u team at Danville, Riley Howden and Tyler Potter.  Pete will be teaming up with Clint Chestnut from last summer for Coach Barney at Vincennes.  Vincennes will be playing in the Division 2 JuCo World Series next week in Oklahoma.



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Monday, May 24
IUSE Lands Rea
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Another Bandit from the 2009 17u team has committed to play in college.  Cambridge City Lincoln's left handed ace, Chris Rea will be continuing his education and baseball career at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.  Coach Fenimore commented, "Chris is an outstanding left handed pitcher.  He is has that desire to do well on the hill and is a smart pitcher.  He hasn't quite reached is potenital yet as I know he'll continue to grow and get stronger.  He'll do well for Coach Reel and the Grenadiers."

IUSE plays in the Kentucky-Indiana Athletic Conference (KIAC) and is associated with the NAIA.  The Grenadiers completed this season with a record of 39 and 20 before being eliminated from the NAIA playoffs last week.  The Grenadiers also won the KIAC championship this spring.

Good Luck Chris!



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Monday, March 29
Thurston Commits to Franklin College
Trey Thurston

Another Bandit from the 2009 17u team has made his college choice.  Trey Thurston from Madison will continue his baseball and football playing career at Franklin College for Coach Lance Marshall and the Grizzlies.  "Trey led the Bandits in batting average with over a 425 average this past season and was a solid outfielder for one of the best outfields that we've ever put on the field", according to Coach Fenimore.  "We're excited for Trey and glad that he'll be close to home where we can see him play often.  He is an exceptional young man with a good work ethic and drive to succeed, but most of all a good individual with his priorities in line.  We wish him well, but not too well against my Engineers", Fenimore (a 1987 Rose-Hulman Grad) mentioned.  Trey is the 4th Bandit from the 2009 17u team to commit to play college baseball along with Clint Chestnut (Vincennes University), Jordan Hoeing (IPFW) and Caleb Fenimore (IPFW).



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Friday, March 12
IPFW lands another Bandit Player
PBR - Caleb Fenimore

Another Bandit has made his college choice.  Caleb Fenimore has elected to continue his playing career for Coach Bobby Pierce and the IPFW Mastodons.  A standout from Rushville and another 9 year Bandit player, Caleb will join fellow HS and Bandit teammate, Jordan Hoeing next year in Fort Wayne. 

Caleb will compete for time behind the plate for IPFW next season.  "I know that his choice was a tough one as he had a couple of other schools with great baseball and academic programs looking at him", commented Coach Fenimore.  "Coach Pierce first saw Caleb in the Fall when we took our 16u Bandit team to IPFW to play an 18u team from Fort Wayne and he's has liked him ever since then."  "Caleb is another example of what this Club, hard work and dedication can do for a young player."

 We wish Caleb the best at IPFW and hope to see him down the road.



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Tuesday, December 8
Hoeing Commits to IPFW
Jordan Hoeing

Rushville Consolidated High School and Indiana Bandit standout, Jordan Hoeing, has committed to continuing his playing career at Indiana - Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) next year.  Hoeing will be the second recruiting class for IPFW's Bobby Pierce.  Coach Pierce is a very knowledgable baseball guy and is excited to have Jordan committ to be a Mastodon according to Coach Fenimore.  The Don's compete at the NCAA Division 1 level and play in the Summit League which consists of Oral Roberts, Southern Utah, South Dakota State, Centenary, North Dakota State, Oakland University and Western Illinois.  Jordan will play infield and possibly outfield for Coach Pierce and looks to make an impact right away.

Jordan has been with the Bandits since he was 9 years old ... 9 season in all through his 17 year old year.  When asked about Jordan, Coach Fenimore commented,  "He is an exceptional athlete and has worked very hard to get this opportunity.  Besides being a great baseball player, he's a great young man and comes from a good family.  I know that his family is as proud of him as the coaching staff and I are.  Jordan is a prime example of what this Club is all about and what one can achieve with hard work and dedication." 

Coach Fenimore commented on how Jordan was seen; "Jordan was spotted by Coach Pierce during one of our Fall Season games that we played in Fort Wayne at IPFW and again was seen at several Prep Baseball Report events.  When we were first introduced to Coach Pierce, he'd only been on the job at IPFW for about 3 days and was still figuring out what keys went to what.  Coach Pierce was impressed at how our team played the game and hustled and really liked several of our players that fall, Jordan being one of them.  We were playing an 18u team at the time and competing as a 17u team with several sophomores on our roster."

Coach Fenimore commented on Coach Pierce by saying, "my first impressions of Coach Pierce is that this is a man who is excited about baseball and eager to teach the game.  Someone whom I'd want my kid to play for if given the opportunity.  The more we've talked and corresponded and the more I've read about IPFW and Coach Pierce, the more I like the fit for Jordan.  It's a good fit for Jordan and IPFW and I'm excited for both of them."

We look forward to following Jordan and the Don's in the future.  You can visit the Mastodon's website at www.gomastodons.com.



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Friday, September 18
Chestnut Commits to Vincennes University
Clint Chestnut

The Indiana Bandits 2010 team has it's first player commit to play in college.  Standout Clint Chestnut from Pike Central High School has committed to continue his playing career at Vincennes University for Coach Chris Barney. 

The pitcher/infielder enjoyed a successful spring with Pike Central as he posted a 0.420 batting average with 12 doubles, 5 home runs, 27 RBI's and scored 23 runs.

The 6'-3", 215 lbs, Southern Indiana Standout continued his success this summer with the Bandits, leading the team in homeruns (5) and contributing 27 RBI's.  On the mound, the right hander posted a 5 and 2 record with a save.

Clint is the son of Dave and Lisa Chestnut of Petersburg, IN.  (Home of Dodger great Gil Hodges).

Coach Fenimore commented on Clint, "Clint is a fine young man, comes from a good family and is an exceptional baseball player.  He's a very coachable player.  It's been a pleasure to work with Clint and have him with our team.  He's earned this spot and we know that he'll be successful for Coach Barney at VU."

Coach Fenimore ended by wishing "Sparky" good luck at VU.



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Tuesday, August 18
Twins work late to sign first-rounder
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Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson agreed to a $1.85 million signing bonus, with the resolution just beating an 11 p.m. deadline.

 



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Thursday, September 3
Bandit Players Showcase well at PBR Event (Aug. 30)
Jordan Hoeing

Two of this year's 17u Indiana Bandits team showcased well at a recent Prep Baseball Report event in Fort Wayne.  The event was held at Indiana Tech on August 30th.  Below is an excert from the events evaluations:

Players from all over the state attended the Prep Baseball Report Open I.D. Showcase at Indiana Tech on Aug. 30. There were several standout performances at the event, including several of Class of 2010 and Class of 2011 prospects who emerged as players to pay close attention to in the coming years.  As for the Class of 2010, Vincennes Lincoln RHP Nick Heinz (89 mph) took top honors among the senior crop of prospects with Rushville SS Jordan Hoeing following in a close second with his BP rounds that had all the scouts talking. In the Class of 2011, Highland’s 6-6 RHP Keith Mahler showcased an 87 mph fastball, Culver Military Academy 3B/RHP Max Terhar and Decatur Central SS Ron Shelton stood out among the pack.  In the Class of 2012, keep an eye on FW Carroll OF Grant Wilson and Norwell left-handed hitting C Kyler Mills, who showed promise as top-level prospects in the sophomore class. Here’s a look at the top prospects at the event: 

2010 Top Overall Prospects

 2.     Jordan Hoeing, SS, Rushville HS:  The right-handed hitting Hoeing was the showcase’s top hitter, shortstop, and runner (6.96 on a slow track). Quick and athletic, Hoeing moves fluidly, takes excellent paths to the ball, and has a solid, accurate arm (82 mph). At the plate, he was blasting balls over the left field wall with his ultra quick bat and put one of the best rounds of BP this year.  

7.   Adam Armstrong, RHP, New Castle HS: At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Armstrong possesses a quick arm, arm strength and several off-speed pitches. Armstrong’s fastball consistently registered at 82-83 mph, and touched 86 mph once. With development of his off-speed pitches, Armstrong is definitely a pitcher to keep close tabs on next spring.



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Thursday, July 23
Bandit Players Showcase Well at PBR Event (July 15)
PBR - Caleb Fenimore
 

Prep Baseball Report's recent showcase event at Indiana Wesleyan University (July 15th) was well attended and several Bandit players from the 17u team performed well.  Congrats to the Bandit players and keep up the good work.  See portion of article below:

The Prep Baseball Report Open I.D. Showcase at Indiana Wesleyan on July 15 featured several promising prospects from around the state. While there were standout performances by some highly ranked Class of 2010 prospects a 2011 graduate, Bo Weir, shined the brightest ...
Top 2010 Prospects
1.   Caleb Fenimore, C-RHP, Rushville HS: (Right) Far and away the best catcher at the event – and one of the best catcher pop times in the state – Fenimore put on a catching show. With a quick transfer, plus arm and throws on the bag, the standout catching recruit registered a 1.81 pop time (verified by several college coaches).  One of the top prospects in the Class of 2010.
6.     Cory Sears, C-3B-OF, Brownsburg HS: Possesses extreme versatility playing all three positions well. Behind the plate the strong armed athlete registered a 1.91-2.05 pop time, 82 mph in the outfield, and good actions at third. At the plate he showed the ability to hit line drives to all fields.
Top 2011 Prospects
4.     Brady Thomas, 3B, New Palestine HS: (Right) A wiry 6-1, 155-pound third baseman showed a strong arm with good actions. At the plate he has a mechanically sound and explosive swing with the ability to drive the ball in the coming years.

 



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Tuesday, August 4
Bandits Players Selected in Showcase

Three of this year's Indiana Bandits 17u team were selected to participate in the All-Indiana Crossroads Baseball Showcase at the end of June.  To qualify for this showcase, players were nominated by their high school coach.  Indiana is divided into 6 regions with 15 players being selected from each region.  Representing their schools from our Bandits team were Trey Thurston (Madison Community HS), Jordan Hoeing (Rushville Consolidated HS) and Caleb Fenimore (Rushville Consolidated HS).  The showcase featured a pro-style workout along with 2 games for each participant.  Severel Indiana and Mid-western college coaches and scouts were in attendance at this event.

From the 90 players selected to participate, 15 to 16 were chosen to play for Team Indiana in the Midwest Baseball Classic in Plainfield, IL at the end of July.  Caleb Fenimore was selected to participate with Team Indiana in this event as a catcher.  This was based on the recommendations of the coaches at the showcase as well as college coaches who were consulted to make up this team.

Congratulations to Trey (Danny), Jordan and Caleb.  Keep up the good work!  We'll be watching!



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Tuesday, June 9
Twins pick Gibson in 1st round of MLB draft
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By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

06/09/09 8:30 PM ET

 

OAKLAND -- The Twins got the top-of-the-line college starter that they were looking for as they selected right-hander Kyle Gibson out  of the University of Missouri with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday (June 9, 2009).


Gibson went 11-3 with a 3.21 ERA in his junior yea for Missouri this season, helping the Tigers to their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.  He earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors and struck out 131 batters, tying the school record, in 106 2/3 innings.


Gibson, 6-foot-6, 208 pounds, was ranked the fourth overall prospect in this year’s Draft by Baseball America and was originally expected to be taken in the top 10.  But his stock fell after he was recently diagnosed with a stress fracture in his forearm that is expected to sideline him for several weeks.  Gibson’s injury could be an explanation for why the velocity on his fastball dropped from the low 90s to the low 80s in his final two starts for Missouri.


Gibson is said to have above-average command of three pitches -- fastball, changeup and slider -- and that is a definite plus for the Twins. 

* Kyle is also on the Bandits Wall of Fame as a gifted member and son of a founder of the Bandits Baseball Club and President, Harold Gibson.