BC KC Rawlings Prospects 13U Picking Up Right Where They Left Off In 2012
By Chris Ruberg
When Jason Caley and Jeff Shinkle took over the BC KC Rawlings Prospects out of Overland Park, Kansas in the fall of 2009 they were 10U and played as a AA team. Now, with extreme hard work and committed parents, the team plays in the majors and competes with some of the top teams across the country. Some of the players have even played together since they were 7 years old.
The Prospects had a successful year last season with seven Major tournament wins and two top five finishes in Major Super NITs, all while qualifying for the Elite 32 USSSA tournament at Disney. Their best finish was second at a national Super NIT. They finished the 2012 season winning three straight tournaments — the Dakota Style Sunflower Shootout, KC Sports Fall Classic and the Fall State Championship.
During the offseason, the Prospects joined one of the top collegiate prep academies in the Midwest, Building Champions Baseball. They changed names and through Jeremy Jones and the Building Champions instruction staff, worked hard to prepare for the best competition in 2013.
The Prospects have picked up where they left off in 2012, going undefeated and winning their first two major tournaments they have played in — the KC Sports Global NIT and the KC Sports Spring Classic. The wins have proved to be enough to earn them a No. 1 ranking in the USSSA power rankings.
The Prospects will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma the first week of May for the Oklahoma/Texas Shootout followed by the KC Memorial Day Super NIT in late May. They will then travel to Des Moines, Iowa for the Line Drive Super NIT. If they qualify, they will finish up travel play at the Elite 32 tournament at Disney.
BC KC Rawlings Prospects Roster
AJ “Yo Antnee” Spinello
Austin “Q Tip” Polina
Jackson “Roger Dorn” Caley
Jared “J Rod” Sharp
Christian “Dash” Franklin
Collin “Hubba Bubba” Jones
Michael “Pick” Picollo
Mikey “Big Mike” Strong
Reid “Big Country” Seacat
Brent “B” Shinkle
Logan “Tree” Pittman