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MIAMI – Tulsa Baseball Club plays in its first Premier Baseball event this week during the Junior Championship.
The tournament uses 10 tri-state area fields, including Joe Pollock Field/Miami Stadium and Homa Thomas Field.
“Our organization is all about taking players, helping develop them and getting them exposure in front of coaches,” Tulsa Baseball general manager Steve Garrett said. “Our tournament schedules are based around what is going to get these kids the most exposure and the most opportunities in front of college coaches.
“This is the first time for us to play in a Premier event. The reason why we are playing in it is because of that reason exactly. We were told that outside of Atlanta (which hosts an elite showcase tournament), in this region, there are more scouts and coaches than anywhere else. The coaches that show up range from junior college all the way up to D1 whereas Atlanta they are D1 guys.”
Forty-six teams from 10 states are scheduled to play in the tournament that runs Wednesday through Sunday. Pairings will be announced Tuesday night.
Joe Becker Stadium and Warren Turner Field at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin will be the main venues.
Other fields that will be used are Wendell Redden Field at the Joplin Athletic Complex, Joplin High School, Don Karnes Field of Dreams in Baxter Springs, Jaycee Ballpark in Pittsburg, Kansas, Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, and the LaRoche Baseball Complex in Fort Scott, Kansas.
A total of 24 games will be played in Miami over the next four days.
At Thomas Field, there will be four games Wednesday, two Thursday, four Friday and four Saturday.
Pollock Field will host four games Wednesday, four Friday and two Saturday.
Former Jenks coach and Chicago White Sox Dennis Keeley is TBC director of player development and head coach.
His assistant is Oktaha head coach Kevin Rodden.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Garrett said. “We started when the kids were eight years old. We’ve had most of these kids from the time they were 10. At 14, we kinda shut down the Tulsa Titans and started the Tulsa Baseball Club at 15.”
Tulsa Baseball, which competed in a tournament at Springfield, Missouri, this past weekend, has a roster made up of players from Union, Tulsa Kelley, Bixby, Fort Gibson, Beggs, Oktaha and Regent Prep.
“We try to stay Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas,” Garrett said. “We go to Dallas every now and then with this group.”
Rawlings Hitters Navy captured the 2016 Junior Championship title with an 8-1 decision over the St. Louis Prospects Black.
Twenty-seven teams entered are from Texas: Amarillo Titans, Arlington A’s Navy, Arlington A’s Red, Austin Slam 17U, Austin Wings Black, Austin Wings Red, Beaumont Gladiators, Dallas Mustangs Randle, Fort Worth Cats, Houston C2 Select, Houston Heat Black, Houston Heat Silver, Houston Kyle Chapman, South Texas Sliders (San Antonio), South Texas Sliders 17U RGV (San Antonio), South Texas Sliders Orange (San Antonio), Southern Athletics (Texarkana), Stix Baseball 17 Black (Grapevine), Stix Baseball 17 Red (Grapevine), Stix Baseball 17 South (Grapevine), Stix Baseball 17 White (Grapevine), Texas Twelve Maroon, Texas Twelve White, Waco Storm Angels, Allen Baseball (Katy), San Antonio Angels and C3 Futures Capps (Fort Worth)
Other teams tentatively entered include:
Kansas — Building Champions Navy, Building Champions White
Missouri — Midwest Nationals (Springfield), Regal Athletic Kansas City Sluggers, Rawlings Tigers 17U Black (Ballwin), Rawlings Tigers 17U Orange (Ballwin), St. Louis Prospects 1, St. Louis Prospects 2, Midwest Nationals 2 (Springfield), Kansas City Bat
Arkansas — Rawlings Arkansas Prospects-Black (Sherwood), Rawlings Arkansas Prospects-Stroth (Sherwood)
Colorado — Slammers Fiscus (Engelwood), Slammers Loseke (Engelwood)
Nebraska — Nebraska Sluggers (Papillion)
New York — Bayside Yankees (Queens)
New Mexico — Albuquerque Baseball Academy Felix
Wisconsin — Hitters Baseball (Caledonia)
Pool games will be played Wednesday and Thursday, then brackets will be redrawn for championship and consolation play on Friday and Saturday.
The two championship semifinal games and the title game will be Sunday at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin.
The two consolation semifinals and consolation final will be Sunday at Missouri Southern’s Warren Turner Field.
This is the 13th year Premier Baseball has held a tournament in Joplin. Additional tournaments include the Senior and Incoming Freshman championships
Updated schedules and scores will be posted on Premier’s website, www.premierbaseball.net as well as on Twitter @BaseballPremier.